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The topic of alien invasion has long been a source of fascination and speculation for many people. Stories of extraterrestrial beings coming to Earth to conquer or colonize have been enjoyed in books, movies, and video games. However, planning at the highest levels for a real-life alien invasion is far from being a fantasy. Congress has recently issued a report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). In recent years, eyewitness accounts have increased. It has led some to believe that aliens could already be among us.

In this article, we’ll explore the potential motivations for alien invasion; the likelihood of an invasion happening; and the possible consequences.


Motivations If aliens were to invade Earth, what could be their motivation(s)? Some of the most commonly discussed are

  • Resource Acquisition Aliens may be in search of water, minerals, or energy. These commodities are finite. Aliens may have to explore other planets to exploit their resources.
  • Conquest Some people believe that aliens may seek to conquer and militarily control a planet — to gain more territory for themselves or to secure a base for a larger interstellar conflict with another species.
  • Scientific Study Aliens may be exploring the universe for scientific purposes. Earth and its inhabitants may be a fascinating subject for study — much like we might study a species of insect or bird in the wild.

Likelihood Those motivations notwithstanding, there is no concrete evidence to suggest that an alien invasion will occur. Any scenario you may have seen in the media is based on speculation and guesswork.

That said, the discovery of more and more exoplanets does increase the probability that extraterrestrial life will eventually be detected. Whether it’ll be intelligent or not is another question. We know of only one planet that supports life; apparently it’s rare in the universe. Intelligent life would be infinitely more rare.


Consequences Against all odds, if an alien invasion were to occur, some of the potential consequences include

  • Loss of Life An alien invasion would likely result in significant loss of life through direct conflict and through the destruction of infrastructure and key resources.
  • Changes to Society The invasion could change our political and economic systems, as well as the way we view ourselves and our place in the universe.
  • Environmental Impact The presence of aliens without a vested interest in our biosphere could severely impact the environment, potentially doing long-lasting damage.

Preparation Although an alien invasion is still an exceedingly remote possibility, one could prepare by

  • Staying informed Keep up-to-date on the search for extraterrestrial life. Be prepared to respond to new information as it becomes available.
  • Building community resilience Work with your neighbors and community members to develop emergency plans in case of potential disasters.

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When I was just out of college, I stayed at home for a few years to build up some savings. As an alleged adult, I wasn’t quite as subject to the “not under my roof!” rules that my parents wielded when I was younger. Given free rein to drink and carouse, I took full advantage.


Many a night during the wee hours, I’d find myself at the front door of the house, fumbling for keys as quietly as I could. One night, I happened to look up. I don’t know why I did, other than I had a feeling. Gazing upward, I spied a colorfully lit disc, partially obscured by low-hanging clouds. In spite of my secular outlook, I involuntarily mouthed Oh, my god! I’m actually seeing a UFO!

Slowly, majestically it descended, while shedding the remnants of the wispy clouds that had obscured it. It looked sort of like the mothership from Close Encounters, but smaller and flatter. Before I could decide if I should be fascinated or afraid … I woke up.


I suffer from an excess of imagination. Or, as my fourth-grade teacher once told my parents during open house, I’m a daydreamer. That assessment earned me a slap later that day. Truth be told, I only zoned out when I was in class, or as an adult, when I drive past my exit. Anyway, I believe I’ve learned to harness this gift for good, not evil.

Anything I dream up, I make an effort to understand as in some sort of self psychoanalysis. But I also consider the material for my writing. Indeed, my first book, Future Perfect, is directly attributable to a night dream.


Did you ever see the Arena episode of the original series of Star Trek? To save his ship, Captain Kirk had to fight an immensely strong, yet slow, reptilian humanoid known as a Gorn. A third party forcibly placed him on a distant planet with this alien, and promised that he could find weapons to fight his battle. He eventually won the day by collecting the ingredients for gunpowder and blasting the Gorn away by shooting diamonds at him.

I studied that episode — hard. I never wanted to be caught in that situation and not be prepared. Potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur are the ingredients. Consider that a public-service announcement just in case you … well, you know.

So in addition to being a dreamer, I am also preoccupied with Star Trek. I share that affliction with Cord Devlin, the hero I dreamed up to occupy the version of present-day Earth that I also dreamed up in Ghosts of Forgotten Empires.

I never had to face the Gorn in hand-to-hand combat (at least, not yet). I never had to use the lessons I learned from that iconic TV show. However, in the world I created for Cord, he does get to draw on those lessons for his job as an intelligence freelancer. They come in handy when humanity is threatened by an otherworldly foe.

Cord is living my fantasy — or am I vicariously experiencing it through him? In either case, I’ll accept your judgment as to whether or not I should turn in my membership card to the adult club.

So in conclusion, I think a dream life can be useful in practical ways. Wouldn’t you say?

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