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* Played with in ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier''; the [[VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram Kerbals]] can't send a full team of anthropologists, linguists and so on along on their first interstellar mission because the ship just isn't big enough, but thanks to the [[SubspaceAnsible FTL communications system]] they have the anthropology and linguistics departments of every university on Kerbin and Duna for MissionControl. The actual in-person contact team are three veteran astronauts, one engineer who helped create the AlcubierreDrive and one skilled CommunicationsOfficer who's supposed to [[AliensStealCable scan for radio and TV signals]] [[LearnedEnglishFromWatchingTelevision so they can start picking up the language]] if they ''do'' find some aliens.

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* Played with in ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier''; the [[VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram Kerbals]] can't send a full team of anthropologists, linguists and so on along on their first interstellar mission because the ship just isn't big enough, but thanks to the [[SubspaceAnsible FTL communications system]] they have the anthropology and linguistics departments of every university on Kerbin and Duna for MissionControl. The actual in-person contact team are three veteran astronauts, one engineer who helped create the AlcubierreDrive and one skilled CommunicationsOfficer who's supposed to [[AliensStealCable scan for radio and TV signals]] [[LearnedEnglishFromWatchingTelevision [[LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision so they can start picking up the language]] if they ''do'' find some aliens.



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* When the Sun-kissed agree to negotiate in ''Musketeer Space'', the hastily-put-together FirstContactTeam includes a mob of linguists, a group of Mendaki (another species of alien - what they bring to the table is never made clear, and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the other characters), an agent who has worked with a Sun-kissed spy in the past, and two Musketeers who have previously had sex with said Sun-kissed spy. Somehow, it works.


* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had the main team be a pretty balanced collection in their team leaders: a military officer with sufficient authority to represent the United States to foreign powers, a physicist who can perform preliminary analysis of alien technology encountered, an anthropologist and linguist who can help with establishing friendly relations with any cultures they encounter, and an alien defector knowledgeable about the greater galaxy that Earth is stepping into. Also somewhat present in the ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had the main team be a pretty balanced collection in their team leaders: who take up a number of roles: a military officer with sufficient authority to represent the United States to foreign powers, a physicist who can perform preliminary analysis of alien technology encountered, an anthropologist and linguist who can help with establishing friendly relations with any cultures they encounter, and an alien defector knowledgeable about the greater galaxy that Earth is stepping into. Also somewhat present in the ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie.


* In ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'', by Peter Watts:
-->Who you do send to meet the alien when the alien doesn't want to meet? \\
You send a linguist with multiple personalities carved surgically into her brain. \\
You send a biologist so radically interfaced with machinery that he sees x-rays and tastes ultra-sound, so compromised by grafts and splices he no longer feels his own flesh. \\
You send a pacifist warrior whose career-defining moment was an act of treason. \\
You send a monster to command them all, an extinct hominid predator once called vampire, recalled from the grave with the voodoo of recombinant genetics and the blood of sociopaths. \\
And you send a synthesist - an informational topologist with half his mind gone - as an interface between here and there, a conduit through which the Dead Center might hope to understand the Bleeding Edge.

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* In ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'', by Peter Watts:
-->Who you do send to meet
Watts, the alien when crew of the alien doesn't want ''Theseus'' consists of highly specialised individuals specially assembled to meet? \\
You send a linguist with multiple personalities carved surgically into
be able to initiate FirstContact, all of which have something unusual about them: Susan James, the linguist, has had her brain. \\
You send a biologist so radically interfaced with machinery that he sees
brain altered to facilitate the [[MindHive development of four different personalities]]; Isaac Szpindel, the biologist, has nerves which have been repurposed to allow him to see x-rays and tastes ultra-sound, so compromised by grafts and splices he no longer feels his own flesh. \\
You send
taste ultra-sound; Major Amanda Bates is a pacifist warrior military specialist whose career-defining defining career moment was consisted of an act of treason. \\
You send a monster
treason in order to command them all, an extinct hominid predator once called vampire, recalled from facilitate a peaceful outcome; Jukka Sarasti, technically the grave with head of the voodoo of recombinant genetics team, is a genetically re-engineered vampire whose intellectual capabilities and the blood foresight surpass those of sociopaths. \\
And you send a synthesist - an informational topologist with half his mind gone - as an interface between here
any given human; and there, a conduit through which the Dead Center might hope synthesist, [[UnreliableNarrator Siri Keeton]], whose job it is to understand the Bleeding Edge.translate complex statements and/or data into more easily palatable language.



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* The intro to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersStarships'' has the colony assemble one after receiving a signal from another colony, the first word they've had from other humans in a thousand years. However, the signal is later determined to be a distress call, resulting in the civilian team being replaced by a fleet of well-armed warships.

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** Parodied in the episode "Cure", where a HumanAlien delegation is awaiting the arrival of Tau'ri representatives. They talk about what they've heard about the representatives' leader, painting him as a brilliant negotiator. Then out of the gate comes O'Neill.
--> '''Colonel Jack O'Neill:''' Howdy, folks!


** Similar to SG-1, the team in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' is frequently sent out on first contact missions, though they eschew an anthropologist in favor of a "native guide" in the form of Teyla.

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** Similar to SG-1, the team in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' is frequently sent out on first contact missions, though they eschew an anthropologist in favor of a "native guide" in the form of Teyla. They later add another "native" in the form of Ronon, although he also doubles as TheBigGuy, just like Teal'c in SG-1.


* ''Literature/InvasionEarth Invasion: Earth'' by Creator/HarryHarrison opens with an alien spacecraft crashlanding in New York City ([[HarsherInHindsight barely missing the World Trade Center]]). A general steps out of a helicopter and announces that he's taking charge of the situation...[[RuleOfFunny and is arrested by the police captain who's actually in charge.]] The next military man to show up is the protagonist, an Air Force Intelligence officer who respectfully offers the captain some intelligence and practical advise (which is taken), then waits quietly while a team of scientists and military brass dispatched by the President argue. When it's time to enter the craft, he takes a SergeantRock with a .45 as protection, and an electronics specialist with a cable-fed camera (the cable guarded by its own team of soldiers).

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* ''Literature/InvasionEarth Invasion: Earth'' ''Literature/InvasionEarth'' by Creator/HarryHarrison opens with an alien spacecraft crashlanding in New York City ([[HarsherInHindsight barely missing the World Trade Center]]). A general steps out of a helicopter and announces that he's taking charge of the situation...[[RuleOfFunny and is arrested by the police captain who's actually in charge.]] The next military man to show up is the protagonist, an Air Force Intelligence officer who respectfully offers the captain some intelligence and practical advise (which is taken), then waits quietly while a team of scientists and military brass dispatched by the President argue. When it's time to enter the craft, he takes a SergeantRock with a .45 as protection, and an electronics specialist with a cable-fed camera (the cable guarded by its own team of soldiers).


* ''Invasion: Earth'' by Creator/HarryHarrison opens with an alien spacecraft crashlanding in New York City ([[HarsherInHindsight barely missing the World Trade Center]]). A general steps out of a helicopter and announces that he's taking charge of the situation...[[RuleOfFunny and is arrested by the police captain who's actually in charge.]] The next military man to show up is the protagonist, an Air Force Intelligence officer who respectfully offers the captain some intelligence and practical advise (which is taken), then waits quietly while a team of scientists and military brass dispatched by the President argue. When it's time to enter the craft, he takes a SergeantRock with a .45 as protection, and an electronics specialist with a cable-fed camera (the cable guarded by its own team of soldiers).

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* ''Invasion: ''Literature/InvasionEarth Invasion: Earth'' by Creator/HarryHarrison opens with an alien spacecraft crashlanding in New York City ([[HarsherInHindsight barely missing the World Trade Center]]). A general steps out of a helicopter and announces that he's taking charge of the situation...[[RuleOfFunny and is arrested by the police captain who's actually in charge.]] The next military man to show up is the protagonist, an Air Force Intelligence officer who respectfully offers the captain some intelligence and practical advise (which is taken), then waits quietly while a team of scientists and military brass dispatched by the President argue. When it's time to enter the craft, he takes a SergeantRock with a .45 as protection, and an electronics specialist with a cable-fed camera (the cable guarded by its own team of soldiers).


* First Contact Teams were mentioned in passing in VideoGame/MassEffect2 as envoys from Council space to any newly discovered species. In this instance, the species in question was [[AlwaysChaoticEvil the Yawg]], and the incident got the Yawg blacklisted and their world blockaded.

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* First Contact Teams were mentioned in passing in VideoGame/MassEffect2 ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' as envoys from Council space to any newly discovered species. In this instance, the species in question was [[AlwaysChaoticEvil the Yawg]], yahg]], and the incident got the Yawg yahg blacklisted and their world blockaded.


* ''Invasion: Earth'' by Creator/HarryHarrison opens with an alien spacecraft crashlanding in New York City ([[HarsherInHindsight barely missing the World Trade Center]]). A general steps out of a helicopter and announces that he's taking charge of the situation...[[RuleOfFunny and is arrested by the police captain who's actually in charge.]] The next military man to show up is the protagonist, an Air Force Intelligence officer who respectfully offers the captain some intelligence and practical advise (which is taken), then waits quietly while a team of scientists and military brass dispatched by the President argue. When it's time to enter the craft, he takes a SergeantRock with a .45 as protection, and a electronics specialist with a cable-fed camera (the cable guarded by its own team of soldiers).

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* ''Invasion: Earth'' by Creator/HarryHarrison opens with an alien spacecraft crashlanding in New York City ([[HarsherInHindsight barely missing the World Trade Center]]). A general steps out of a helicopter and announces that he's taking charge of the situation...[[RuleOfFunny and is arrested by the police captain who's actually in charge.]] The next military man to show up is the protagonist, an Air Force Intelligence officer who respectfully offers the captain some intelligence and practical advise (which is taken), then waits quietly while a team of scientists and military brass dispatched by the President argue. When it's time to enter the craft, he takes a SergeantRock with a .45 as protection, and a an electronics specialist with a cable-fed camera (the cable guarded by its own team of soldiers).


** Humanity never had the benefit of First Contact teams, as we had expanded far space and ended up meeting the Citadel species by accident. Specifically, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the Turians]], who caught humans illegally reactivating mass effect relays, and assumed we were pirates. [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill The ensuing war]] was brutal and brief, and made more bitter by a number of misunderstandings which nearly escalated the situation into a galactic crisis. The other Citadel species caught wind of the situation, stepped in and brokered a cease fire, paving the way for humanity to join the Citadel. The incident was a point of contention between humans and Turians for years after.

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** Humanity never had the benefit of First Contact teams, as we had expanded far space and ended up meeting the Citadel species by accident. Specifically, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the Turians]], turians]], who caught humans illegally reactivating mass effect relays, and assumed we were pirates. [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill The ensuing war]] was brutal and brief, and made more bitter by a number of misunderstandings which nearly escalated the situation into a galactic crisis. The other Citadel species caught wind of the situation, stepped in and brokered a cease fire, paving the way for humanity to join the Citadel. The incident was a point of contention between humans and Turians turians for years after.


* ''Invasion: Earth'' by Creator/HarryHarrison opens with an alien spacecraft crashlanding in New York City ([[HarsherInHindsight barely missing the World Trade Center]]). A military team is quickly assembled on the basis of a plan that they assumed at the time was a case of the military being ridiculously CrazyPrepared.

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* ''Invasion: Earth'' by Creator/HarryHarrison opens with an alien spacecraft crashlanding in New York City ([[HarsherInHindsight barely missing the World Trade Center]]). A general steps out of a helicopter and announces that he's taking charge of the situation...[[RuleOfFunny and is arrested by the police captain who's actually in charge.]] The next military man to show up is the protagonist, an Air Force Intelligence officer who respectfully offers the captain some intelligence and practical advise (which is taken), then waits quietly while a team is quickly assembled on the basis of a plan that they assumed at the time was a case of the scientists and military being ridiculously CrazyPrepared.
brass dispatched by the President argue. When it's time to enter the craft, he takes a SergeantRock with a .45 as protection, and a electronics specialist with a cable-fed camera (the cable guarded by its own team of soldiers).



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* ''Invasion: Earth'' by Creator/HarryHarrison opens with an alien spacecraft crashlanding in New York City ([[HarsherInHindsight barely missing the World Trade Center]]). A military team is quickly assembled on the basis of a plan that they assumed at the time was a case of the military being ridiculously CrazyPrepared.



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* TruthInTelevision: A lot of various governments and intergovernmental organizations do indeed have contingency plans in the event that extraterrestrials ever land on their part of Earth, though (of course) these plans do tend to change as various administrations come and go. A number of these plans specifically include assembling a welcoming party including certain prominent scientists and/or certain prominent religious and political leaders to greet these visitors. (Some of these plans also involve arresting the extraterrestrials and impounding their ship; which might explain why extraterrestrials in range, if there are any, have been keeping their distance from us.)

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