Normally they are thought of as aliens who visit this planet, for whatever reason that aliens might want to visit this planet. This is a pretty cool idea because, assuming communication is even possible with such beings, it would afford the opportunity to compare observations about the nature of reality. This is also cool because, along with spaceships and laser guns, the encounter with aliens is every nerd's dream.
Pre-modern[ edit ] Cosmic pluralismthe assumption that there are many inhabited worlds beyond the human sphere predates modernity and the development of the heliocentric model and is common in mythologies worldwide. The 2nd century writer of satires, Lucian, in his True History claims to have visited the moon when his ship was sent up by a fountain, which was peopled and at war with the people of the Sun over colonisation of the Morning Star.
In Johannes Kepler 's Somniumpublished inthe character Duracotus is transported to the moon by demons. Even if much of the story is fantasy, the scientific facts about the moon and how the lunar environment has shaped its non-human inhabitants are science fiction.
The possibility of extraterrestrial life was a commonplace of educated discourse in the 17th century, though in Paradise Lost  John Milton cautiously employed the conditional when the angel suggests to Adam the possibility of life on the Moon: Her spots thou seest As clouds, and clouds may rain, and rain produce Fruits in her softened soil, for some to eat Allotted there; and other Suns, perhaps, With their attendant Moons, thou wilt descry, Communicating male and female light, Which two great sexes animate the World, Stored in each Orb perhaps with some that live Fontanelle 's " Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds " with its similar excursions on the possibility of extraterrestrial life, expanding rather than denying the creative sphere of a Maker, was translated into English in Stories written before the genre of science fiction had found its form.
Closer to the modern age is J. Lithograph from the Great Moon Hoax A bug-eyed monstera trope of early science fiction Late 19th century-early 20th century[ edit ] Authors such as H. WellsOlaf Stapledon and Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote both monitory and celebratory stories of encounting aliens in their science fiction and fantasies.
Early works posited that aliens would be identical or similar to humans, as is true of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Martians see Mars ; A Princess of Marswith variations in skin color, size, and number of arms. Later writers realized that such humanoid aliens would not arise through parallel evolution and hence either avoided them or introduced the explanation of ancient races that populated the cosmos with similar beings.
The notion surfaces in Ursula K. The Next Generation episode "The Chase" Another common idea is aliens who closely resemble animals. Weinbaum 's A Martian Odyssey encouraged writers to create genuinely unusual aliens, not merely humans or animals in disguise.
Olaf Stapledon also populated the universe with disparate aliens, including sentient stars, in Star Maker. Later, Hal Clementa hard science fiction writer famed for strange but plausible worlds, also developed bizarre aliens in works like Cycle of Fire Ancient Aliens has become the pinnacle of memes with its rather abrupt conclusions of extraterrestrial life.
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, the main panel of the show, has become a cornerstone meme. But the show did not start as a joke. It made serious claims of the existence of aliens with hardcore facts.
Extraterrestrial Life What Does the Bible Say?
Posted on Jan 25, The Bible does not speak of aliens who live on other planets, Through the pages of this divinely inspired book, we learn not only about extraterrestrial intelligent life (God and the angelic realm).
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