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Aliens

  • Stephen Webb
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Abstract

Those outside SF often remark that the defining characteristic of the field is its fixation with aliens. I’ve heard outsiders make snide comments about ‘bug eyed monsters’ and ‘little green men’ and ask how a grown adult could possibly take such literature seriously (and they do that annoying hand gesture to signify quotation marks when they say the word ‘literature’). Actually I don’t believe SF is overly concerned with aliens—at least, modern SF isn’t—but even if it were then it would have reason to be proud of its concern. The existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial intelligence is surely a matter of profound philosophical and scientific interest.

Keywords

Radio Telescope Science Fiction Alien Invasion Star Trek Alien Civilization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Webb
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  1. 1.DCQEUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

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