One thing about watching WhaleTV all day, it gives you a lot of time to think. And one of the things I’ve thought about is an idea for a new book. Working title, Intervention.
If I were an advanced alien race watching the human race, and if I cared about our fate, this might be just the time to make myself known. To intervene.
I mean, Russia is about to ignite WW3 as it invades Ukraine, we’re experiencing mass wildlife extinctions, the US is blowing itself up (half the population hates the other half), we’ve engineered ourselves a nice little worldwide pandemic, the planet’s very climate has gotten wonky…I could make a pretty good case to my superiors that it’s time to set aside The Prime Directive. Bring on the Klingons.
Now, this isn’t a new idea. It’s been done again and again. Childhood’s End by Clarke (from 1953!) comes to mind, a seminal book. And probably a hundred others over the years. So I would have to find a new take on things. Are the aliens benevolent? Militaristic conquerors? Can’t trust ’em traders? An intergalactic mining operation? Religious fanatics looking for converts? Covetous of our precious bodily fluids? Or just inscrutable?
Given all the ground others have covered, a fresh take will require some thought. So back to WhaleTV (still trademarked, so mitts off).