“I agree with Stephen Hawking’s assessment: if they’re out there, we better hope they never find us.” - Rick Yancey



Today, Yancey stops by the NOOK Blog to answer the simple question: Do you believe there’s life on other planets?


I don’t know if intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe. No one does, unless all those stories about Area 51 are true. We think it does; the odds certainly favor it. On a purely intellectual level, I find comfort in the idea that we are not alone. But in my gut, the possibility scares the crap out of me. I agree with Stephen Hawking’s assessment: if they’re out there, we better hope they never find us. A civilization thousands of years ahead of us probably wouldn’t come here just to say hello, take a few soil samples and go home. If they come, it probably means they have nowhere else to call home. And an advanced alien intelligence probably wouldn’t view us as equals in any sense of the word. We could be – most likely would be – perceived as vermin, a rampant, out-of-control infestation slowly (though that pace is accelerating) destroying their newfound residence. What do we humans do when we discover cockroaches scurrying in the pantry? Do we carefully gather them up, relocate them to the wild, resign ourselves to a peaceful coexistence? Uh-uh. We haul out the bug spray. We call the exterminator.


The 5th Wave isn’t told from an alien’s perspective, but it never forgets this painfully self-evident truth: If they’re out there and if they find us, the overwhelming odds are they will not come in peace. And the arrival won’t be anything like the way popular culture tends to depict it. Would we fight back? Of course. Would we win? I think that would require a redefining of the word.


Tell Me: What's your favorite alien invasion book or movie?

by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎05-07-2013 10:16 AM

I liked the movie "The Mist" based on Stephen King's novella.

by Moderator Melissa_W on ‎05-07-2013 11:37 AM

War of the Worlds by HG Wells - because I would hope that our native bacteria and viruses protect us!  And that the invaders don't bring any of their own!

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎05-07-2013 03:53 PM

Jeremy GREAT post. I love it 

and my all time favorite invasion movie was the 1951 classic The Day The Earth Stood Still



by Picklenose on ‎05-08-2013 04:15 AM

We call it civilization for a reason. As we become more civilizied, we also become more civil, albeit slowly. So if we are found by a more advanced civilization, we can also hope that they are more civil and might not be as destructive as we are. At least that is my story and I am sticking to it.

by Froide on ‎05-09-2013 06:36 PM

The Twilight Zone episode: "The Invaders."