Created By: Unknown Troper on January 18, 2008
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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