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Humans Through Alien Eyes

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Stories that have humans interact with aliens who are actually alien run into the fact that we're as alien to them as they are to us.

  • In Larry Niven's Known Space universe, when the kzinti first encounter humans, they are surprised to discover a race that (at the time) is very pacifistic... and then surprised again by humans' ability to adapt peaceful technology to fighting when necessary.
  • In Niven and Pournelle's novel Footfall, the alien invaders can't understand beings that don't reflexively remain docile after being defeated and made to submit.
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