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.