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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The "Invasion" #atozchallenge

In 1898, Earth was over-run by aliens from Mars. These aliens were secretly vampires from another planet who killed the curate with post-traumatic stress by draining him of blood before we, in turn, killed them with an infection. They weren't quite done with us yet though. They came back in 1938, and ticked off a lot of people. They've not really left since.

I'm talking, of course, about War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, the subsequent radio broadcast of the book, and the crap-load of novels and movies that have come our way in the years since. Alien invasion is a pretty popular apocalypse theory. As Sam once said on Supernatural (in regard to alien abduction), people "will not stop writing books about it."

If you're one of the millions (or billions) who believe that we're not the only intelligent life-form out there, it has a certain appeal. As with demons, the only comparison for an actual invasion we have is our imagination, or those crap-load of novels and books about the subject... none of which really agree on what aliens look like, what they can do, or how they're going to kill us. About all we can agree on is that they drive flying saucers, like to kill us, and things have a tendency to explode when they're around.

To the rescue!
But the apocalypse-by-invasion theory isn't necessarily as crazy as it sounds. There may or may not be any Decepticons headed our way, but we've seen more than our fair share of invasions over the years.

Locusts are often the enemy of mankind, at least when they swarm and devour every crop in sight. They've done that often over the years, both in the United States and elsewhere in the world. Stink bugs caused millions of dollars in agriculture loss in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2010. And have you ever walked into the woods in Arkansas in the summer?

Ticks, ticks everwhere! They're the devil. Or possibly his spawn, I've not yet decided. Either way... if an invasion is going to kill us all, please let it be aliens. At least they're big, and explode. Bugs? I saw the spider cave in Harry Potter. I know what's waiting for us!

Apparently we need bugs though. Which I'd like to lodge an official complaint about, by the way. We can make genetically engineered food, but we haven't made a synthetic bug, thus eliminating the need for the real deal yet?! That's just wrong on so many levels.

"J"oin us tomorrow for more A to Z fun,

Want more A to Z Challenge? You can read other Letter I posts here.

I'm behind on just about everything, y'all, so please be patient with me. I haven't forgotten you! There've been big changes in the Morgen household over the last few days with our newest addition to the family, and preparing to move. Eek!  

1 comment:

  1. An alien invasion seems about as likely as a Beatles reunion. But like you said, people would always continue writing about it and speculating merely because they could.


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