Hungry Hungry Aliens

Just a thought I had today:

The closest star to our planet is 4.2 light years away. Let’s assume life exists there, and they have ships advanced enough to fly ten times the speed of light. That means it would still take them over five months to get here. Even for a four-man (-being?) crew, you’re looking at stocking lots of food and water (or equivalent sustenance) for such a long trip, meaning the ship is going to need a sizable cargo hold (whether for stored goods or a garden). Then you need more space for propulsion unit.

This rules out the small UFOs most people claim to see as alien in nature. If they traveled through wormholes or jump gates, folded space, or traveled via some other sci-fi cliche, how is it we can spot the energy signatures of gamma-ray bursts in remote galaxies, but not something local to our solar system?

Not to mention the time and energy investment involved. They’re going to come all that way to buzz an airfield, make crop circles, probe a redneck, and fly home?

Yeah. Still not buying it.

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Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. Noah L says:

    Ah, but you forgot the fact that the mothership is cloaked somewhere out there, and that’s why the “flying saucers” can do all that trivial stuff :P

    • Mike says:

      Ah yes, and we can’t find it because it’s hiding behind the Moon or some such nonsense.

      “It’s beyond our understanding!”

      Sounds a lot like… ah, nevermind. :)

  2. JohnU says:

    You’re missing the point. The airfield buzzes, crop circles, and redneck probing aren’t done by sophisticated aliens on any life-seeking mission throughout the galaxy and/or universe. It’s done by teenage aliens taking their dad’s star-hopper out on a cruise, often on a dare, often to impress the lady aliens with their bravado.

    Dude, how could you have missed something so obvious?