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Red Antelope: non-OA fiction
Hey folks, didn't realise I'd gotten more feedback!

DarrenRyding Wrote:This is perhaps one of the more realistic depictions of alien discovery (as opposed to contact) I have read. I have a feeling that we may encounter ancient abandoned alien artefacts long before we encounter living aliens. Your matter-of-fact, almost documentary style certainly adds to the realism, combining recent real-life discoveries with the more speculative discoveries of the near future.

I've just skimmed through your website's timeline. You clearly have the talent for detailed, plausible future history that Orion's Arm values. It is interesting to imagine the next thousand years being just as violent and tumultuous as the last thousand. The more things change ...

Thanks for your kind words! I stumbled upon the SETI reports about radio signals from Ross 128 and just found myself inspired. For what it's worth, I agree -- it seems much, much more likely we'd find some inert artefact long before we meet anyone living, at least as long as there isn't some Bracewell Probe in our Solar System. It may not be the ruins of a dead civilisation -- it could be the leftovers of some space littering, for example, or a damaged machine. But I think it's much more likely that we'll find something inert before we find anything alive.

As for my setting at large... I studied political science at university. I guess I've a certain cynicism about the nature of politics and human conflict from that, but for what it's worth, I *am* optimistic. The more things change, the more they stay the same -- but things still get better, over all. Smile

stevebowers Wrote:I'll add a link to your site in the next update.

Wow, thanks Steve, I really appreciate it. It means a lot that you folks like my work, especially since I've been reading OA since I was thirteen or fourteen.

As an aside, I've been on something of an alien kick lately: I rewrote an old article about another instance of first contact and published it tonight. You can read it here, if you're interested:

Let me know what you folks think! Big Grin
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Red Antelope: non-OA fiction - by weirdspecter - 06-15-2021, 07:37 PM
RE: Red Antelope: non-OA fiction - by selden - 06-15-2021, 09:12 PM
RE: Red Antelope: non-OA fiction - by stevebowers - 06-27-2021, 07:54 PM
RE: Red Antelope: non-OA fiction - by weirdspecter - 07-01-2021, 02:35 PM
RE: Red Antelope: non-OA fiction - by selden - 07-01-2021, 09:57 PM

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