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  •  there is that. (6+ / 0-)

    Never underestimate the ability of humans to rationalize their primitive instincts for dominating each other.  Though on the other hand, humans with good will also seek out rationales for empathizing with each other and liberating each other.  

    As for putting words in ETs' mouths, at least it's generated a decent amount of good fiction.  There's also a lot of stuff promoted as "non-fiction" that's actually readable if it's considered fiction itself, or for use as background material for writing more fiction if one chooses.

    Keyword search "Serpo" if memory serves me right; a whole bunch of stuff about an alleged human/ET planetary exchange program in the 1960s.   One could base a science fiction film on that, and do it from the perspective of "future history looking back."  IMHO it would make an interesting film.  Set it in e.g. 2060, and do it as an entirely fictional timeline, with the events of the 1960s - present wholly fictionalized as if an alternative history.  

    This could also be used to present progressive politics, for example JFK lives, MLK lives, RFK lives, and the 1960s - 1970s turn out to be radically different to what actually occurred.  Thus Reagan never gets elected, Carter serves two terms, fill in the gaps with fictitious Presidents of both parties, etc. etc.  Some fictitious President in 2000 announces that contact has been made, this changes the whole mindset of entry into the 21st century, and the space program takes off with renewed sense of purpose.  

    Humans on Mars by 2010, and a Mars colony built by 2050, and now we get to "the present" in 2060 where the Mars colony is a meeting point between the humans and the ETs, with the prospect of great scientific advances ahead that will take us to the stars in our own starships.  

    All very optimistic and with a whole progressive timeline woven into it so viewers get a glimpse of what they've missed under right-wing Republican rule.  

    OK, now all I need is a script writer;-)

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 02:41:54 AM PDT

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    •  Those people are nuts, but they're entertaining. (0+ / 0-)

      I totally agree.  Some of the most insane CT and out there beliefs create a basis for interesting fiction.  It's part of what I generally like to call 'modern mythology'.

      There was even a wiki for that kind of thing.  Tinwiki (the wiki about subjects that might make you want to wear a tinfoil hat).  I'm pretty certain at one point in the past it was a serious site, but it's always hard to tell with some.  I find the idea that some people actually believe those sorts of thing to be absolutely wild.  It's sort of like the non-political version of conservapedia.

      Wild ideas might not be true, but untrue things can make wonderful backdrops for fiction.  I've always wondered why we've never seen a dramatic conspiracy movie where someone discovers that the world is secretly run by a handful of people in a room somewhere.  Seems like just the kind of thing an action hero could handle.  Just lift the conspiracy ideas behind the Bilderberg group, the Masons, etc..

      As for the script, good luck.  I'd volunteer, but I have my own project I devote a good deal of my creative energies on.

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