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Implication of our technological species being first and early
Implication of our technological species being first and early
cambridge  science  aliens  cosmology 
3 days ago by GotoDengo
Retrograde - LtLJ - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
The Atlantis expedition has been lost for three years. SG-1 goes to find them, and arrives just a little too late.
au  f:sga  torture  betrayal  aliens  family!fic 
3 days ago by miss_speller
Ron Cobb’s Semiotic Standards for Alien
"a series of signs designed by the graphic artist Ron Cobb (although this sheet is a digitised version based on his hand drawn originals). Ron Cobb was the man responsible for imagining and designing all the human technology in the first and second Alien films. HR Giger of course was famously responsible for the monster itself, and Ridley Scott apparently kept the two men apart so that their particular visions would not become compromised or tainted by the others ideas…

These signs were intended for “all commercial trans-stellar and heavy element transport craft” and are wonderful examples of graphic design. Conceived when the film was in pre-production sometime during the mid/ late 1970’s, they have a graphic simplicity and an almost contemporary feel that would not look out of place in todays CGI-tastic adventures."
alien  aliens  design  semiotics  communication  language  designthinking  cinema  film 
24 days ago by garrettc
Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.) - NYTimes.com
There is a lot to unpack here. Great read, including a good summary of all the arguments and ideas. Last line really got to me for some reason.
space  science  longreads  via:ryamidon  aliens  nyt 
4 weeks ago by UltraNurd
Request: Castiel/Dean, alien culture/biology, forced mating/breeding, castration, forced sex change
Everyone is part of an alien species wherein everyone begins life as protandrous male pseudo-hermaphrodites and remains that way until they pair off to mate/breed. Traditionally, when mating season comes around, people will pair off and fight one another until one is overpowered, castrated, and mounted. A person’s first mating determines their adult sex and reproductive role, and those who are castrated and mounted mature into carriers/females while those doing the mounting mature into sires/males.

Castiel is an older, mature male who is looking for a second mate. Since he’s already matured, anyone who mates with him will have to forego the traditional fight and become a carrier/female and most aren’t willing to do so. So, like many older males looking for a second mate, Castiel has to resort to buying one. For the right price, poorer families are willing to force one of their sons to be made into carriers without going through the traditional mating fight. It’s considered a bit shameful (there is no shame in losing the dominance fight, only in ‘forfeiting’ before the fight has even begun), but since most mating fights are done in private, with only close family members there to bear witness, it’s not like anyone has to know.

Castiel goes to one of the poorest districts in the city, where he meets John, who is deep in debt and desperate enough to sell off whichever son catches Castiel’s eye. Cas chooses pretty, 18-year-old Dean, who’s just the right age for a first mating and who’s features will look even prettier once he becomes a carrier/female. Dean should be pretty ashamed/upset about not even getting a chance to fight and about being expected to lie still and not struggle during his castration and first mounting. After the first time, Cas mounts Dean regularly as his body changes until Dean is finally pregnant with his first brood.
:spn  fps  pairing:dean/castiel  aliens  genderswap  castration  mating  breeding  dubcon 
5 weeks ago by Mayalaen
Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.) - The New York Times
On attempts to send out messages for aliens, as opposed to listening for communications from them. Some see this as extremely dangerous; the potential consequences raise important questions about representation and democracy. Who gets to decide to take an action that may literally change the course of human history? What kind of oversight is adequate?
democracy  representation  aliens  science 
5 weeks ago by johnmfrench

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