a reply to: eriktheawful
I love this thread.
I just saw the movie "Contact" again, and so this is totally right up there in my consciousness!
So they have picked up our transmissions and know there is some kind of technologically oriented beings here on this small backwater planet slinging
around a modest star. So they first send a probe via technology we are unaware of to the edge of our galaxy, first, to monitor our further
transmissions. As the probe nears, drawing ever closer in to the living world, it deciphers language, biology, and tries to make sense out of the
bombardment of cultures, ideas, stories, ideologies, and history represented in those transmissions.
They learn a lot.
They decide that since we are primitive enough to find their technology "magical" that they will set up a station around the solar system, but on the
fringes and take jaunts to the planet for research and development at will. The station might be eventually "discovered" but would be large enough to
seem like a new, previously unknown planet. This base would become a spaceport for an advanced multi-species coalition, housing mother-ships and
science vessels from various older and wiser species.
This coalition would be able to fly small craft into the atmosphere of this watery world, set up remote stations beneath the surface of the ocean or
other uninhabited places, and remain undetected. Scientific missions would abound! These "human's" as they called themselves, would be examined, and
watched. An "Earth Ark" would be established with multiple samples of DNA of as many living creatures as possible, as well as plants and seeds, and
bacterium and viruses.
Will they blow themselves up? Should we stop them if they do?
The coalition works while the "humans" remain largely oblivious. They are not ready for interspecies connections as a whole culture, and revealing
themselves to the "humans" is deemed inappropriate, believing that mass hysteria and panic would ensue.
They wait patiently to see if this beautiful, beleaguered world, with its polluting, often warmongering inhabitants, will ever evolve to the point
where true contact can be made.
It is determined that a hybrid program should be established using near-human DNA descendants of the original seed-race of the earth, though whomever
did the "seeding" is long gone -- no one knows why there are multiple similar, if not nearly identical, races, as well as many other non-related
The hybrid program is initiated with the intention that the hybrids could eventually advance the human race, and to create beings that can handle the
conditions of the planet with ease. Hybrids will become the interface, eventually, should these "humans" ever get to the point of being able to
handle a peaceful meeting with the advanced civilizations that lay scattered like rare and precious jewels amongst the vast unwinding immensity of
space, who are ready to include them in the community of species.
That's my take on it. Thanks for a fun thread and thought experiment!!