Think about this. According to the movies, out there in space, untold light years from Earth, exist many alien species with the ability to travel between the stars and send messages across the universe. Their civilizations must be wonderfully advanced, and yet, when we finally encounter them, what do we get? Disgusting, slimy morph-creatures with rows of evil teeth, whose greatest cultural achievement is jumping out at people from behind things. How do they travel through space? By jumping out from behind one star after another?
Once, I saw xenos as a terrifying threat, the harbingers of our galaxy's destruction. Now I know them for what thery are. Vermins, parasites, suckling at the wounds of a galaxy that already belongs to mankind.
— Daenyathos - "Reliquerae Tactica", Warhammer 40,000
"What is it you want us to do?"
Radio Announcer: "We are interrupting this program to bring you a special bulletin. Flash! A peculiar object has been spotted approaching the earth. It is believed to be a flying saucer. More details later."
Audrey: Gosh! A real flying saucer!
— Little Audrey, "Dizzy Dishes", (1955)
Guerrero: Harris, what's your take on all this?
Harris: I dunno, man. Extraterrestrial?
Emlay: You mean, like, from space?
Stavrou: No. From Canada.
In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.
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