X is a really hard letter to write thoughtful posts to. Especially toward the end of the A to Z challenge, when all my blogging juices have run dry and I am so eager to get this over with, I have to consciously refrain from insulting your intelligence and posting this .gif and just scuttling away.
There are quite a few interesting words that start with X and that drew my attention, but didn’t quite cut it this year:
xenographic — across-species, often used in reference to transplants
xenogamy — cross-polination
xenolith — a rock fragment foreign to the igneous mass in which it occurs
xylotomy — preparation of sections of wood for microscopic study
All of these terms could have sparked some sort of similarity to the writing process, especially of science-fiction (which I pretend to know something about), but in light of how tired I am, I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around them enough.
So I’ll muse a little about xenocracy.
Xenocracy is a government by a body of foreigners, of aliens, culturally or literally. Xenocracy is generally not an easy thing to accept by any country or civilization, and I highly assume it will be very hard to accept by humanity if an alien race took over by force (or superior technology; a sort of modern slavery).
If superior aliens would one day rule humanity, what would life look like? What laws would they impose? What resources would we still be able to use? What role will we play — will we be slaves? Property? Equals? A minority? Will we be persecuted, respected or merely tolerated? Will we become their pets? Their pests? Their live stock? Will they drown us in their politics and bureaucracy? Will they uplift us? Will we be tolerant of them? Will we easily accept them, or hate them? Will we admire them or rebel? Will we be friends?
I’m currently rereading one of my favorite books of all time — Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler. Mild spoilers ahead.
Her Oankali (an alien species of natural genetic manipulators) have taken over Earth and humanity after we almost destroyed ourselves in a global nuclear war. They painstakingly restore parts of Earth’s ecosystem, and plant the few collected survivors back on Earth to start again — but not by themselves, and not as humans. The Oankali’s nature is to trade genetic material, to enrich themselves by merging with any interesting life-form they encounter on their nomadic travel through the galaxy, and thus create a new species. Humans will no longer be humans, but human-Oankali constructs. Of course, the survivors of the old world don’t find this very funny. They tirelessly, uselessly fight the Oankali, even with the prospect of their renewed self-destruction.
While I already gave away a lot about the basic setup of the book, don’t worry, there are no real spoilers there. I barely touched on the Oankali’s alien nature and what makes this book truly special. But I’ll use it as a discussion start-up —
What do you think will happen, if an alien race took over humanity (regardless of how)? Will we be willing to accept them?
How would you react?
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This post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, April 2014.
In 2012, my X post was — Xenocentric Science-Fiction