Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The Alien Contact Interview - Mark W. Tiedemann

"SF SIGNAL: Hi! Thanks for agreeing to do the interview. What's the appeal of alien contact stories for you?

Mark W. Tiedemann: For me it's an opportunity to ask questions about the nature of sentience and the consequences of civilization-building. At a basic level, aliens are always just us with a twist, since imagining the truly alien is almost impossible. No matter how well we think we've done it, you can dig around this planet and through history and find examples of things humans are or were that trump the wildest product of our imagination. But the use of the alien is a very much a mirror, held at an unexpected angle, so we can fool ourselves briefly that what we see coming around that corner or through that door is not human."

3.5 out of 5