Alien Invasion ideas

 


I read a lot of science fiction, thus I am familiar with the basic premise of what seems to sell in regards to books, movies, and TV. The plot lines seem quite familiar and I get board with the same shit each time a new book or movie comes out.

Usually, earthlings are touted as technologically inferior but morally superior. We defeat the invading army, just in the nick of time with a computer virus, real virus, cunning, guile, magic, or some other method. The aliens always seem to be morally neutral to evil in nature. They seem to always have some kind of hive mentality or at least a dictatorship. They usually reflect what, as a society, we believe is contrary to our own beliefs. In communist China are Aliens in the movies renegade capitalists, bent on forcing liberty upon their victims? What about alien invasion stories from Iraq?

What if, just once, we get invaded by aliens that are much more fragile than we are? What if they are easy to kill, lightly armed, and in way over their heads. Wouldn’t be a hoot if an invading army is made up of an armada of dish plate sized saucers full of aliens the size of crickets? They proudly land on a beach brandishing their little weapons and demand to be taken to our leaders. Only then do they realize that their speaking to a childs discarded army play set in a sandbox. They look up at a Hummer parked near by and collectively say “Oh crap” Maybe it’s not easy to figure out the scale of things from a long way away. Maybe this has already happened.

Or as another idea, what if we find we are being visited by aliens that want to be out friends, but we can’t communicate? It’s hard enough for people of different cultures here on earth to come to communicate effectively, what if Aliens were so “alien” that it was impossible to communicate? Will we as humans get frustrated and give up trying? Will the Aliens get frustrated and become angry due to the wasted trip? An interplanetary war started because of being too different? Is this where the diversity training got its start?

Here is another invasion scenario. What if Aliens invade our planet to steel the most valuable thing we have. The Mosquito. It turns out that the common mosquito is a delicacy that is found only on earth and can’t be bread elsewhere in the galaxy. They invade the earth, destroying much of our military. After much destruction and loss of life humans decide to surrender. Once negotiations for surrender begin we finally realize what the aliens want. The Aliens think we are crazy because we want to give them all the mosquito’s they want. They break off talks. In the end we have to threaten them with spraying the earth with DDT and negotiate payment for each pound of mosquito. As time goes by the Aliens grow enormous mosquitoes like cattle here in America. Florida is no longer habitable due to 6’ long insects that can kill with one bite. This may have happened as well.

 

I wish Kilgore Trout was a real person. Maybe he could expound upon these themes.

 

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5 thoughts on “Alien Invasion ideas

  1. caveblogem says:

    Vonnegut once wrote this story about aliens who communicated through tap-dancing and farting, or maybe he said that Kilgore Trout did. Quite a first contact, anyway.

  2. Great ideas! I would be interested to see some science fiction where we are the invaders. Surely this would ring true to western culture at the moment. What if our first contact happened when we landed somewhere instead of them landing here? We trample upon their culture destroying the society they have.

  3. Alex, I thought of that but Star Trek the Next Generation covered this plot line a number of times. It’s funny how even the prime directive doesn’t protect indigenous people. Good intentions are not enough.

    How about this for people fond of guilt…
    As the world oil supply dwindles down to a trickle we find that oil itself has a form of intelligence. It tried to communicate as best as it could but we were too preoccupied looking to the stars to here the voices of alien underground. In the end, justice is served when the fumes from the murdered oil cause catastrophic global warming; thus causing the death of all plant and animal life on earth. Eventually all the organic matter transforms into oil again. We find that this is oils natural life cycle. This is not its first time cycle has occurred.
    -PF

  4. Archvillain says:

    There’s a short story called, “The Road Less Traveled” you ought to read. It’s told from the point of view of a group of space-travelling alien invaders who have stardrive but still use muskets and swords. Unfortunately for them, they choose Earth as their target … circa 1990.

    Another one of your ideas was done by Poul Anderson in his novel, “The High Crusade”. Advanced alien invaders land in late-1400’s England, and the English sort of accidentally wipe them out, capturing their ship and one prisoner to show them how to use it. The entire village was already planning on joining the Crusades, so they decide to take the invader’s ship with them. But a wrong button gets pushed and the ship returns to its homeworld. Excellent story.

    Alan Dean Foster wrote a very good short story called, “With Friends Like These.” A star-faring multi-species realm is threatened by some particularly nasty invaders, so the “good” aliens go looking for help from the only species known to be fierce enough to deal with the invaders: Humans. Humans who have been confined to Earth after being barely defeated by the combined might of the Galaxy thousands of years earlier.

    “Footfall”, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, is an alien-invasion story which does a good job making the same old plot fresh again.

    I wish I could remember the name of a short story about the most fearsome creature in the Universe which is being hunted by other aliens who want to prevent another massacre on a primitive planet called Earth. The super-destructive alien lands before the pursuing aliens can stop him, and they watch in horror from orbit as this most destructive being emerges to wreak terror on the Earth … only to be squashed by a human child running by, who doesn’t even notice the event because the alien is barely an inch tall.

  5. Pierre Charland says:

    “I wish I could remember the name of a short story about the most fearsome creature in the Universe which is being hunted by other aliens who want to prevent another massacre on a primitive planet called Earth. The super-destructive alien lands before the pursuing aliens can stop him, and they watch in horror from orbit as this most destructive being emerges to wreak terror on the Earth … only to be squashed by a human child running by, who doesn’t even notice the event because the alien is barely an inch tall.”

    I saw that short animation a long time ago. I remember (if I’m not mistaken) a dog stepping on the whole invading flottila ending their conquest of the Earth.
    I don’t remember the name and can’t find it.

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