Written in the Stars

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SETI’s been listening to the universe for years, hoping to detect a signal coming from an intelligent alien civilization. Apart from one unexplained anomaly, so far they’ve been listening in vain. They say that as our technology progresses, they’re quite confident that they’ll pick up something with better or different equipment. That’s if there’s anything out there to pick up at all. Maybe there aren’t thousands of planets buzzing with life out there. Then again, maybe those funky little green guys are blocking the signals. If there really are super advanced civilizations out there, they might not want anyone to see or hear what they’re up to anyway. If you don’t know who’s watching you, you might want to be a little careful with what you share.

If all that gets posted on the internet zooms on through satellites into outer space, just like all the television and radio programmes do, we might have cause for concern if really civilized aliens were to have a squiz or two. If some three-eyed profiler was instructed to submit a report on the human race based on these online things, I wonder what the result would be. I’m guessing that it wouldn’t put Earth on any list of favourite holiday destinations for any decent sort of alien. The way our communications systems work up to this point in time, everything that we’ve sent out so far can’t be retrieved. Not only pictures of fluffy bunnies and chubby kittens are floating around in outer space, but also everything that every troll and evil guy has posted. If at some point aliens were to come around, bearing recordings of just a tiny portion of what we’ve put out there for all the universe to see, I’m guessing the whole planet will mainly suffer toe-curling shame.

There could be races out there much more technologically advanced than we are, but just a whole lot meaner. Here we are making a lot of noise and not at all concerned about anyone reading our interstellar mail, while they could already be getting their recipe books out. We won’t know till we’re floating around in warming water with a couple of nice fresh parsnips, and a bit of parsley. If life evolves in similar ways all over the place, it’s highly unlikely that they’re all going to turn out nicer than we are, and then head on over to show us the way to peace and nirvana, the minute they see our Facebook pages. They could pop us in labs to experiment on, munch our bones, or just simply squish us to turn off all the space racket we’re making.

Although… From an indie point of view, there’s a whole new untapped market out there, and when I click the publish button this post will be flying off to a whole universe of potential new readers. Hhhmmm! Oi! You! Yes – you with the blobby eyeballs! Buy my book! There could be book stealing space-pirating going on already out there. 50 Shades of Grey could be HUGE on Epsilon 52. Better bite my lip.

Till next time friends.

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Photo credit: NASA

15 thoughts on “Written in the Stars

    The Story Reading Ape said:
    July 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    A very valid point Jo, it would be JUDGEMENT DAY for all of us – especially if they saw all the movies made about the different ways we ‘defeated’ the aliens – they’d be able to come up with a great new way to whup us we haven’t thought of yet and get payback 🙂

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      theparasiteguy said:
      July 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Honestly, if an alien race had enough technology to even reach us then they’d probably have the technology to sweep aside any and all resistance in short order. Of course, that sort of scenario would be far too depressing for most filmmakers 😛

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        jorobinson176 responded:
        July 28, 2013 at 4:45 am

        They could zap us all I reckon. We’re probably lucky to be so far away from the centre of things – too far away to make the trip worthwhile hopefully. There must be some crazy civilisations out there if we’re anything to go by. Imagine the parties! 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 28, 2013 at 4:41 am

      LOL! They’d be after Sigourney Weaver. 😀

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    Lawrence Grodecki said:
    July 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    There is life on Earth. If you accept and understand that the universe is truly infinite, the logically, when you point anywhere in the sky, if you could go far enough you would find life. In a way then, the universe is life itself. Thankfully, we can’t necessarily get there from here (physically). After all, there has to be limits to insanity.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 28, 2013 at 4:48 am

      So true Lawrence. I saw on one of the Through The Wormhole programmes, where they said that if you looked at stars as atoms, the universe could be a living thing – just really, really bit. The mind boggles when you think of these things. 🙂

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        Lawrence Grodecki said:
        July 29, 2013 at 10:13 am

        I missed those shows, but remember this one quite well, hard to believe it was 30 years ago…it’s not quite true, but close enough for jazz, and so nicely put to music!

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          September 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

          Cool Lawrence! Sorry I’m so late – but thanks for the tune! What lovely things to return to! 😀

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    marianallen said:
    July 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Two words: Galaxy Quest

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 28, 2013 at 4:49 am

      Cool! What’s Galaxy Quest? Off to google….. 😀 xx

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