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The malevolent alien warmongers position their huge spacecraft above the White House, then blast the executive mansion to pieces. The visitors follow up that horrific act with a relentless campaign to kill, destroy, and conquer. The only mystery remaining is how the people of Earth will eventually outsmart the aliens (which they do). “The Truth Is Out There” Not all alien threats hover overhead in gravity-defying warships. As FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully discover in the long-running TV series The X-Files, the aliens often walk among us and, furthermore, the 30 US government knows about them and carefully guards the secret of their presence.

David Denby, “Distressed Woody,” New York, October 17, 1994, p. 71. More Alien Battles to Come In the twenty-first century, authors and filmmakers continue to return again and again to the concept that aliens have come to Earth to conquer. Among the recent novels to explore this concept have been Adam Roberts’s Yellow Blue Tibia, which suggests that an alien attack may have been at the root of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in Ukraine, and Carol Emshwiller’s The Mount, which tells the story of an Earth under the conquest of aliens who keep people as pets.

Says John Clute: Nobody who saw it in 1951 ever forgot it, and it is still a film one returns to with nostalgia and fright. , and a great robot and a human emerge. The human tells Earth governments to behave, or they will be blown away. The human is duly murdered by us. The robot . . gives him rebirth. 26 37 Environmental Concerns Surface The film was remade and released in 2008. This time Klaatu tells the people of Earth that he is concerned about the environmental destruction of the planet and warns world leaders that their abuses of the environment will not be tolerated.

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