a reply to: eriktheawful
Probably the single best book I've read on this subject (and simultaneously the worst) is a book called Von Neuman's War...
Interestingly, it is literally all 3 scenarios simultaneously to boot!
The gist of the story is that what are essentially self replicating Von Neumann probes which may have been purposefully designed as an automated "pest
control/neighborhood watch from hell" function or may have malfunctioned at some point, but when they find us they essentially leapfrog in from the
oort cloud building an armada as they go.
The probes are not only self replicating, they are also a "reactionless drive powered" highly adaptable group intelligence which uses a variation on
it's reactionless drive technology as a force field and matter assembler/disassembler.
They're basically extremely well adapted to scavenging energy from KE to electricity and etc and preferentially seek out the largest concentrations of
the types of energies and molecules easiest to use for their own needs. (Aka they luv eating power plants fighter jets anything digital and etc
etc... They don't eat or even really pay attention to biological life at all, but if they strip mine the entire technological and industrial
infrastructure of the planet humanity is not going to survive...)
That's actually what i love most about the novel!
Humanity is locked in a life n death cage match with high tech completely unthinking automated equipment that literally only showed up because all the
signals coming from Earth told them that it would have lots of complex molecules and easily harvested high grade energy...
In the end a highly paranoid, but extremely smart fringe character and his eastern European mail order bride pretty much save the human race single
handedly after said fringer tries to tell NASA darpa ART BELL & etc what's coming and gets ignored...
So he essentially spends the year or two it took from when he saw the gas giants suddenly changing and figured out what was happening doing massive
amounts of bank fraud and other cybercrime to buy himself a wife, a totally offgrid shutdown mine and several million dollars worth of tools,
instruments, generators and other supplies to build his stealthy and unable to be detected underground labbunker.
Him and his mail order bride manage to capture one single damaged probe w/o a working uplink to his buddies which they use as both a generator
(literally harnessed it to a shaft so as it kept trying to fly away it spun the generator LOL) and as a test subject.
Over several months he painstakingly uses his testing equipment etc to learn more about it, how it works, and how to run an exploit that lets them
tske over control of probes within the transmission radius of his control transmitter....
Why do i love this book?
1. Age of the geek baby.... Age of the geek!
2. ART BELL FTW
3. Seriously... If aliens ever do show up just pray enough of us paranoid loose cannon mad scientist types manage to get hidden and set up with what
we'll need to figure out how to kill them
Because if not, the rest of y'all are borked!
P.S: don't bother responding with but kardashev says.... Kardashev's a commie dickhead with an agenda not a scientist!
If they bother coming all the way into the inner solar system without calling to ask if we feel like having company over first, THEY'RE HOSTILE
Steven Hawking and pretty much every other truly intelligent individual who has looked at this agree with me BTW