I heard a lot about UFOs, aliens and extraterrestrial beings when I was a child. Those were the times when a news story came up reporting a flying saucer spotted hovering over some city or flights vanishing mysteriously into space, etc, etc. I found these stories very interesting. Of course, I never thought we, the human are the only living beings in this huge universe. I totally believed there is life on other planets, far away from planet Earth and may be far more advanced than we are.
The first book I read about extraterrestrial beings was Foreigner by C. J. Cherryh. The book has special species which are super intelligent and math genius. This was overwhelming, scary and also very interesting. I also read a lot of other books that included UFOs and aliens in their plot like The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, The Hercules Text by Jack McDevitt, 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delaney, Communion by Whitley Stieber, and many more. But the book that left a long lasting impression in my mind, memory and imagination is The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Elon Musk said in an interview that this was the book that increased his enthusiasm in outer space and exploring it. After all, the details in the book are so beautiful, that it took me on a wild ride into the space that I’ve never been in, just by reading it.
There are also plenty of movies related to extraterrestrials. The first such movie that totally impressed me was Independence Day. It felt so real and this movie gives me goosebumps even today. There are plenty of other movies too, Species I, II & III, Star Trek and it’s sequels, Star Wars and it’s sequels, The War of the Worlds, The X-Files, Men In Black, Avatar and plenty of others. I like all the movies. But what surprises me is most of the times, the extraterrestrials are pictured as dangerous beings with weird bodies. I really wish to watch a movie with a very beautiful alien who is also very friendly. I know there are few but they are not enough, I guess.
The craft of writing a fiction that involves UFOs or extraterrestrials is pretty challenging. Nobody ever saw them, they simply seem to be a myth. Writing about something that exists is one thing, and writing about something that is a pure myth is a completely different story. But, the advantage is, since no one knows how it is and what it is, a writer can go wild with his imagination and bring about a creature that is purely created by the author. He can also make the readers believe what he wrote by giving plenty of details that no one ever can prove existing, but still find interesting.
Last but not the least these imaginary extraterrestrial beings always scare me. I like the thought that they are very smart than us but I really wish they share their knowledge to make this world a better place. I love my planet earth, I love the beautiful oceans, mountains, plateaus, trees, animals and birds on this planet, I love being human and being able to appreciate this lovely earth and the beings existing on it. It wouldn’t matter to me if any aliens existed as long as my earth is safe. I will choose to be born on earth a hundred times over any other planet. I love and cherish “Being Human”!