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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.

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Ellie Arroway: ‘Dad, do you think there’s people on other planets?’

Ted Arroway: ‘I don’t know, Sparks. If it is just us…seems like an awful waste of space.’

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Webb, S. (2017). Aliens. In: All the Wonder that Would Be. Science and Fiction. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51759-9_4

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