"From the depths of the sea we emerged long ago, seeking the light of the surface. In search of still greater lights, we now send this message into outer space, sealed in a disk. Perhaps one day, we will meet others like ourselves..."
People of Earth, I come in peace. You need not fear me, I mean you no harm. However, it is important to note that most of you will not survive the next twenty-four hours. Those that do survive will be enslaved and experimented on. You should in no way take any of this personally; it's just business. So, just to recap: I come in peace, I mean you harm, and you all will die
. Gallaxhar out.
Yesterday we were in a universe that included us and lots of cool stuff
: stars, galaxies, plasmas, cometary bodies, planets, and cows and giraffes and AIs and blue-green algae and lichen and microorganisms.
Today we are in a universe that contains us and lots of cool stuff and alien space bats
That's a different universe.
A universe with a different history, different potentialities, different future from the universe we thought we lived in. We are not living in the universe we thought we lived in yesterday.
We have to start learning the world
all over again.
"Sometimes First Contact is last contact."
"Apparently the Governor of California
wants to speak to the aliens personally."
"That is not a good idea," said TuMok. "The Governor's contact procedures leave much to be desired. As I recall the first thing he said to one extraterrestrial species was: 'You are one ugly motherfucker