Project Contact, chapter 2

Quote chapter.


“It is a dangerous mistake to search for analogies to the current extraterrestrial event in the usual platitudes of pre-industrial colonization and exploration. We are not savage natives nor the extraterrestrial (slightly less savage) colonizers. For all their differences, they were essentially the same, humans, and to a non-human observer, they would look like differently-dressed human primitives doing primitive human things. What’s more, many of those colonized territories eventually became powerful (superpowerful in one case) nations.

No, the correct comparison cannot be found by looking back at the history of human-to-human interactions. Perhaps a more accurate comparison would be the encroaching, displacement, and eventual extinction of the Pleistocene Megafauna by the widely more intelligent, tool-making humans. Of course, in this analogy, we are the animals.”

From the anonymous text that precipitated the Henosis Schim in 2132, a few months after First Contact.

“When we reach the starts, we will find Demons or Apes, but not humans.”

“Space selects for psychopathy, not benevolence.”

Two popular saying among the radical anti-ET “Anters.”


“The hell do I care? Earth, Mars, or bumfucked-Andromeda. I’m sure I’ll still have to pay an outrageous rent to live there. “

Eugene Munghus, a random man who became an instant media sensation, when asked on television what he thought about traveling to the stars.


“A sad spectacle! If they be inhabited, what a scope for misery and folly; if they be not inhabited, what a waste of space!”

Attributed to Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881) as he looked at the stars.


“Oh, God, there’s already porn of it.”

Attributed to the UN General-Secretary, Ziau Hamid, said one day after the alien revealed itself.






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