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10 Step Guide To Surviving First Contact With Alien Races
How to make it through those tricky first encounters with an extraterrestrial race

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10 Step Guide To Surviving First Contact With Alien Races | 2. Ask questions first, shoot later…
2. Ask questions first, shoot later…

For example: Battleship, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Doom, Outlander, Starship Troopers

As Jack Reacher so wisely says, “"It's easy enough to shoot a man. But there's absolutely no way to unshoot one". That holds true for aliens as well. First contact is obviously a tense and worrying time, and we can understand why you might have your finger on the trigger and an itch in that digit – but hold back! When encountering a possibly-big, possibly-scary alien, remember that it too may well have a mother / progenitor-beast, and that unless you want to meet said beastie it might be wise to tread carefully and not fire until fired upon.

It might, in fact, be willing to treat you as a civilised species until you try to lay the smackdown – and a misplaced bullet now could lead to the utter devastation of your planet. Try to scope out the newcomer’s firepower before making rash decisions that might result in the vaporisation of half the human race. And when we say "scope out", we mean thoroughly. Don't just rely on the fact that he looks like Keanu Reeves; check to see if he has any all-powerful nanobot armies back on his ship.

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1 Why no FIRST CONTACT?
Thought the absence of STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT was a bit odd given the theme. Clearly as we learn from its final sequences - you welcome the aliens, offer them refreshments and introduce them to rock music - us and them then live long and prosper! More

Posted by FirstContact on Saturday April 14, 2012, 10:00

2 RE: quick correction
L: CapCanuck a quick correction: there are no aliens of any sort in the film Outland. Otherwise, an amusing article :) amn, that was meant to be Outlander in both instances. It should now be corrected. More

Posted by Helen OHara on Friday April 13, 2012, 15:25

3 Or.....
They're here to kick start our evolution & only make us aware of this by a cult set up by a bad sci-fi writer & promoted by chief of propaganda Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. We can then use our latent alien knowledge to defeat 17ft turds when they invade! Travolta told us!!! & were you meaning OutlandER rather than Outland? More

Posted by Bleaz79 on Thursday April 12, 2012, 21:07

4 quick correction
a quick correction: there are no aliens of any sort in the film Outland. Otherwise, an amusing article :) More

Posted by CapCanuck on Thursday April 12, 2012, 13:09

5 11. Stay Away
For example: Alien, District 9, Promethius, Alien vs Predator, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial As your mother would say 'Don't touch what is not yours', or you might just have something jumping out of your chest or turn into a prawn. If science fiction films haven't told us something, it's that if you leave aliens alone they might leave you alone. Just don't trust any of them. Even that E.T. fella looks dangerious, would you let an alien take your son on a flying bike ride, even if he was the nicest alien you had ever met? What if Elliott had fallen off his bike in mid flight!?! STAY AWAY! More

Posted by jwhite83 on Wednesday April 11, 2012, 16:27

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