An idea for a revolutionary alien invasion story

“Human Shield”: An idea for a revolutionary alien invasion story

This past weekend I finished reading Macrowikinomics by Dan Tapscott and Rework (authors unimportant). I also went to the theater and saw Battle LA. It was the most fun I’ve had at a movie in a while and I highly recommend this hilarious review of the film to all readers at SBPDL.

If you were part of an alien civilization, where would you attack?

What I learned from Macrowikinomics (a sequel to Wikinomics) is that we live in a age of collaboration, thanks to the glories of technology. What I learned from Battle LA (and all alien invasion films) is that advanced civilizations from other worlds invading our planet is a frightening concept.

In every alien invasion film — Earth vs. The Flying Saucers, War of the Worlds, Independence Day, Mars Attacks, Signs, etc. — why is it that technologically advanced aliens travel billions of light years yet engage in such poor military reconnaissance and strategic planning?

This is why Stuff Black People Don’t Like would like to announce a revolutionary idea for readers worldwide: the opportunity to engage in the first collaborative work of fiction in Internet history.

We already have a title for the book; Human Shield. In this story aliens decide to use the ultimate weapon against the world’s most advanced civilization, incapacitating the United States military without actually engaging them in combat.

The idea is simple: Having mastered interstellar travel, aliens would be prepared for a psy-ops style engagement, utilizing our ultimate weakness to ensure maximum effectiveness in their campaign and minimal casualties for their side.

All they want is resources, and to be burdened with a fight would consume precious time for securing what they came for in the first place. Using white guilt to their advantage, the aliens keep us at a safe distance.

The aliens would have studied our ultimate weakness and realized that attacking Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Denver or Chicago would be unnecessary. After all, they are after resources not in creating jaw-dropping visuals for movie viewers.

That ultimate weakness is of course white guilt. Knowing this fact, aliens invade the continent of Africa where opposition to their colonization for acquisition of resources would be… minimal at best. Instead of engaging the indigenous people of Africa’s many nations, the aliens would use them as a human shield knowing that white guilt would keep Western military powers from ever engaging these extraterrestrials with any military force.

Mining the continent for resources, something the indigenous people of that continent failed to do for thousands upon thousands of years, the aliens would find almost no resistance from the African people. Taking many Africans hostage and placing them in large cells around their mining operations would ensure that Western interference for the excavation of minerals would go unimpeded.

No need to attack the United States, the European Union nations or Russia. Invading Africa would give the aliens cover from military intervention by the world’s top military powers. Disingenuous White Liberals (DWLs) in America would never, ever allow such a thing to transpire, even if inaction meant the destruction of their civilization.

You can only imagine the howls of protest from actors in Hollywood and musical groups in Europe at the slightest pretense of engaging the aliens.

Though the resources in Africa are finite (and many with unknown applications to us at this stage of our technological evolution, but known to aliens) we will not engage because of the human shield surrounding them as they work.

Like I said, I’ve never understood why alien invasion films also leave out The Dark Continent. Thus the need for Human Shield.

What do you think? As stated, this is an attempt at mass collaboration on a revolutionary alien invasion idea.

Help us come up with ideas for this story.

3 thoughts on “An idea for a revolutionary alien invasion story

  1. I think the idea of using Africa makes perfect sense and is very original. africa is one of the most resource fill places in the world and we need those types of resources. however there is no sense in alien attacking us for resources as many resources of said can be found on lifeless planets. however the way you can use this human sheild Idea is high dynamic and flexible. all in all its good to see some originality here.

  2. You know in my case I would infiltrate earth and take control of a terrorist organization and use it on the rest of the world to ignite internal wars on earth and then when most of earth is in flames I attack the human race quickly and simultaneously across the globe and turning entire regions into toxic wastelands.

  3. I’m sorry to say that your idea is fraught with danger and is ill founded at best. There are many assumptions you are making when deciding what method an invading force might choose to overthrow us mortals. I am working on a novel based on this very subject. I found myself immersed in a lot of diatribe and obvious plot mechanisms during my research. Finding the avenue for an invading force had a common theme running through them in nearly all plots I found. Yes, we can agree that our resources are fundamentally the basis for any invader and this reward is not to be underestimated. Earth is quite unique in the (our) universe where the elements for life are abundant. As people of Earth it is difficult for us to expand our thoughts beyond that of our own experiences here on this lonely M class planet. We call ourselves sci-functionalists, yet we have rarely stepped outside the box of sci-fi and never outside of the world we inhabit. What I mean is, to truly explore the possibility of an Alien invasion, we must stop and start all over again. The beginning of my book explores the invading race from their heritage, what their world is like, how they evolved, their culture, their race etc. Apart, therefore, from some common basic elemental coincidences, the invading force have a totally different perspective of what life is. Consider for one moment what an ant colony might view the human race as. With limited intelligence and a communal ethos, the ant simply consider us as a threat, they operate under an instinctive drive, a drive that is aimed to ensure survival and growth. Yet, when attacked, the instinct to attack themselves kicks in. In nearly all life there is an inherent survival mode. The very fact that we tend to make comparisons to earth based lifeforms is testament to the fact that we find it difficult to think and create beyond this. In War of the Worlds we are led down the our warfare and attrition path. Avatar goes some way in exploring how an alien planet may have evolved, yet in all of this we have barely scratched the surface of possibilities when developing a plot. Indeed, Africa may very well be a good starting place to any incursion, but the answer ass to the identity of the invading force remains unsolved. As to the assumption that the white world would remain neutral in the fear of eliminating their fellow man, I just don’t buy that. An ant colony would certainly sacrifice their fellows in light of certain elimination and they don’t carry the racist gene! Therefore, true creativity and a leap into the unknown is what will make the change to a believable story and who knows, we might just be closer to finding the truth if we stretch our own belief systems.

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