Today, we’re going to be doing something a bit different. We’re going to be taking a look at a short story that was recently published on Future Tense Fiction – a series of short stories from Future Tense and Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination about how technology and science will change our lives – which publishes a story each month. The theme for January through March 2020 is politics.
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The short story, “It Came From Cruden Farm,” was published on Slate on February 29 and was written by Max Barry. The story starts off with what seems to be the newly inaugurated president in 2021. This can be inferred by the fact that the characters in the story mention Bush, Obama, and then Trump, all having their duties and chances in office, but using the past tense when talking about them. This is just a guess though, as neither the president’s name nor the year is given anywhere in the story. The president is simply referred to as ‘Mr. President.’
The story is about an alien that had come to Earth via a spacecraft, residing at Area 51 in the United States. According to the Air Force chief of staff, the alien has been there for the past twelve years, and it is revealed that Bush, Obama, and even Trump have met and talked with it.
The short story already raises our curiosity, and I’m sure, like me, you’re wondering, “Will the president see and speak to this alien like his three predecessors did?.” Unfortunately, you don’t get an immediate and direct answer, just simply the information that the president wants to see it, despite the Air Force chief of staff’s hesitation. The author is building up the story very well, forcing the reader to ask questions that can only be answered by reading on.
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Eventually, the president does meet and speak with the alien. To remove the risk of spoilers, I’ll just stay that it’s not an optimal experience. At all. The First Lady then decides to tell her husband that sometimes its necessary to let things go, forget them, and look toward the future. Something about that statement doesn’t sit well with me.
This is where the story ends, the president and the First Lady leave Area 51, assuming that the alien will be forgotten about and kept a secret for an undefined amount of time. Something to be said about burying the truth? Or maybe just withholding it? It would certainly speak to our current political landscape.
In any case, if you’re interested in reading the short story in it’s entirety, you can read the full transcript over on Slate. Enjoy!
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And a movement it is. It’s such a movement that people not only plan to run to the base, but a documentary about the raid is ready to film and the U.S. Air Force has released an official warning telling visitors to stay away from Area 51.
With the event coming this September 20th, the world will be watching. To prepare, here are 5 and 1 books you have to read before you watch people try to run across miles of blazing hot desert just to get teargassed in the face!
BEHOLD here are the five books that make up the five IN AREA FIFTY-ONE
Peter W Merlin is an aerospace historian who has been researching the history of Area 51 since 1984 and is a founding member of the X-Hunters Aerospace Archeology Team. His Amazon description reads: “He has appeared in documentary television programs for Discovery Channel, the History Channel, National Geographic, and others, including Modern Marvels, Mystery Hunters, Inside Area 51, Return to Area 51, Atomic Journeys, Area 51 Declassified, and The Truth Behind Area 51”.
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Published in 2011, this inexpensive coffee table picture book promises “declassified photographs [that] provide a rare glimpse into the true nature of America’s most famous secret base”. Inside its pages, the book focuses on the test flights and the development of the various planes inside Area 51, showcasing what the government wants us to see.
An interesting look-through, but it raises more questions than answers. However, sometimes the questions are more interesting than the answers, so don’t use this book as an excuse to Naruto run.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Carole Marsh is a professional writer, photographer, and Founder/CEO of Gallopade International Inc as well as the founder and owner of Marsha Media. Thankfully, she’s taken time out of her busy schedule to bring us this April 1st, 2011 release. April 1st, I hear you cry, but let me assure you, hypothetical person, that this book is no joke!
This is Area 51…For kids! An educational book filled with history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters, this book will have the kids begging for more! And that’s a good thing because this mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, a scavenger hunt and activities.
But what’s the story? I hear you ask. Well, hypothetical person, let me tell it to you…
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Christina, Grant, Mimi, and Papa visit Papa’s good friend who lives on a cattle ranch in Nevada. Riding on the Mystery Girl, the group lands on a small airstrip near Area 51 and soon learn that the rancher and his wife have been losing their cattle. Can they solve the mystery of the missing cattle? Are these alien abductions? Is the government involved? Are they stealing cattle to feed to their alien overlords?
This book will keep you guessing so much you’ll have to run through it, instead of checking up on the run to Area 51.
3-The Entirety of the Area 51 Series by Bob Mayer
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The King of Area 51, Bob Mayer has written twelve novels about it since 1997. He’s written other fiction, a lot of it in fact, but his Area 51 series is a series where you can pick one book, any book, and you can’t go wrong.
My personal favorites are Area 51: Excalibur, about how the mythical Excalibur has the power to unlock a galactic power beyond what anyone—human or alien—has ever seen and becomes the middle of a space race and Area 51: Nosferatu, about a halfbreed whose lived around since the time of the ancient Egyptians whose now out on a search for a piece of alien technology known as the Holy Grail.
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If you want to know where all this awesome-sauce starts in, this recipe of insanity began with Area 51, which is about in Area 51. More specifically it’s about how a team of scientists must fend off a greedy general who wants to activate an the interstellar drive from an alien motherhsip being housed in Area 51.
Things become even crazier when Dr. Hans Von Seeckt, an elderly ex-Nazi scientist and original member of the Area 51 research team, joins up with the president’s science adviser, Dr. Lisa Duncan, and Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte to tell the public the truth about Area 51.
Meanwhile, a brilliant archaeologist, Professor Nabinger, discovers a message on runes found in ancient Egypt that, you guessed it, connects to the aliens in Area 51.
Thus we have the X + Y Files series, and I’m here to present you his book: Escape from Area 51.
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UFO obsessed Xander Bookman takes a trip near Area 51 when he starts hearing a voice from a creature calling itself I-pod. Is this an alien in desperate need of help to escape the most secure site on the planet?
Thus, Xander joins with his friend Yzzie on their most daring adventure yet: break into and escape Area 51 alive.
A science fiction novel mixed with adventure, mystery, and the paranormal, with a dash of fun, this novel is one for all ages, especially those who love the adventures of Mulder and Scully.
Released in 2011, this piece of investigative journalism is based on interviews with scientists and engineers who worked in Area 51 and, addressing any UFO-enthusiast’s dream, it speaks about the Roswell UFO incident and what went down.
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Sadly, it doesn’t confirm our beliefs about aliens but instead addresses the Roswell UFO incident and dismisses the alien story. Instead, it suggests that Joseph Stalin was inspired by the hysteria following Orson Welles’ 1938 radio drama War of the Worlds and wished to create the hysteria again by crashing a UFO into the United States.
He recruited Josef Mengele, The Angel of Death who was obsessed with twins during the Holocaust, was recruited by the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to produce “grotesque, child-size aviators” to pilot a small aircraft and create the hysteria.
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But thing went wrong when the aircraft crashed and the incident was hushed up by Americans.
Jacobsen writes that the bodies found at the crash site were deformed children with large heads and abnormally shaped oversize eyes. “They were neither aliens nor consenting airmen, but human guinea pigs”, she claims.
That’s depressing. Maybe it’s completely wrong, seeing as all of Jacobsen’s sources are anonymous, but perhaps the truth isn’t as interesting as we think it is.
You never know what might be happening in there, but I have an idea that sensational writer Joshua Lark might or might not have given me.
Its official: Disney and Fox have finalized their merger. According to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday morning at 12:02 AM, Disney has completed its over seventy-three-billion-dollar acquisition of Fox’s assets. These include: Fox’s TV and film studios, National Geographic, Indian TV network Star India, and Fox’s thirty-percent stake in Hulu. Meanwhile, a new division of Fox called Fox Corp will operate independently and continue to broadcast Fox News.
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Well known properties/franchises that Disney now own include: X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Alien,and Die Hard.This a massive slate of properties added to Disney’s already impressive catalogue, considering they also own Lucasfilm and Marvel. It is estimated that with this acquisition, Disney will become the most powerful studio in the world, as its films will dominate the box office for the years to come. In a good year, Disney might dominate well over half of grosses and own over thirty-percent of total market share. This is staggering to think about, without even factoring in how this will change our streaming and television choices, especially with Disney+ on the way.
Still, it is exciting to think about potential crossover material, such as Deadpool meeting The Avengers or Wolverine appearing to help fight a threat such as Thanos. But it remains to be seen how this will affect films in general going forward, especially given Disney’s dominance of the genre now. We’ll keep our eyes out, but this is a very exciting and nerve-wracking deal. Earth-shattering, even.
Though King himself once said that “The Tommyknockers is an awful book,” the story is still appealing. Set in the small town of Haven, Maine, the fiction is about a long-buried alien spacecraft trying to transform all the people on Earth into their kind via an invisible gas. Gard, an alcoholic poet who is central in the story, appears to be immune to the ship’s effects because of the steel plate in his head, a souvenir of a teenage skiing accident. Without warning, Gard then become the only source of hope on the planet fighting against the alien army. In 1993, the novel was adapted into a two-part mini TV series on ABC with the same name, which received positive feedbacks. In 2013, NBC said they would reboot it, but we’ve heard nothing since then.
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Well, watch out, Earth folks! The green alien army is coming back on the big screen soon! According to Entertainment Weekly, Jeremy Slater, the creator of Fox’s The Exorcist TV series, is announcing a new project of making a film version of The Tommyknockers. Here’s what he said on Twitter:
I’m pretty sure this is the first book I ever bought with my own money. It was 1988 and I was 10 years old. I’d borrowed other King novels from various friends and libraries, but this was the first one that was MINE. 1/ pic.twitter.com/7tcOpizdU6
And when I finally got my foot in the door, I only had three dream projects on my bucket list. One was Marvel (umm…sorry about that one, guys), one was Star Wars, and the third, of course, was Stephen King. Any one of those jobs would let me die a happy man. 3/
In addition to Slater’s screenwriting, the film will be produced by James Wen and Michael Clear, the filmmakers of The Nun and Annabelle: Creation, and Roy Lee, the one who did the remake of King’s It.
With this team of spooks, how can you not be excited about the production!