Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Alien-Hunters: Not What You Might Expect

Sometimes it's hard to be a science-fiction fan. Sci-fi fans want the future now. And we want it to look good. We're so excited about it that even the most innocent of headlines can create a little too much excitement.

So you can imagine that when I went online to MSNBC this morning, I was incredibly surprised and pleased to read the headline:

Alien-hunters add new super-Earths to their list

Who doesn't want this guy at their party?

How thrilling! I mean, there are more alien hunters out there? More predators? And they're making the morning news round-up? That's what I call "fun, fun, fun!"

And just think... They like the Earth so much that they are looking for new "super-Earths" to hunt on.

That's right, baby! The Earth is rocking the top of the A-list in places to visit for extra-terrestrials from faraway galaxies looking for a little fun, a little relaxation, and a little hunting. Kind of like E.T. Club Med. That'll help the economy. Sweet!

Then, of course, I had the natural crash and burn that comes with realizing most of the world doesn't live in an imagination filled with Skywalkers, Starbucks, Kirks, and Captain Mals.

I clicked on the headline only to realize that sadly, it's just reruns on our SETI program. The alien-hunters are only human, like me. And the super-Earths are just some postulated planets that may or may not exist around gas giants. What a let-down.

I suppose the headline Facebook 'If I Die' app kills your computer doesn't have anything to do with Transformers or Terminators either.


Copyright (c) 2011 by Michele Chiappetta. All rights reserved.


  1. You'll just have to console yourself with some good SF. It'll ease the pain. :)

  2. Aw man, I want to be an alien-hunter! I love moments like that where a headline or a news article or even some new technology makes you feel like you're living in a sci fi novel. :)

  3. Haha, Hektor, you totally made me laugh! You're right, though. I should grab "The Mote in God's Eye" and enjoy some alien-human fighting. :)

    Annalise, thanks for stopping by! It sounds like you can relate. Do you read a lot of scifi? What's your favorite stuff?

  4. The rule: if you have a catchy title - make sure what follows delivers.

    Go SyFy!


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