~posted by Lindsay S.
When I think about aliens, Giorgio Tsoukalos from Ancient Aliens on the History Channel is actually the first thing that comes to mind. For those of you who haven’t seen the show, it examines unexplained historical events and monuments and theorizes that humanity was helped along at various points by ancient alien visitors. We have several sesasons available on DVD and if you check it out, keep an eye out for Tsoukalos, who is quite a fascinating guy.
If your interest in aliens leans more toward stories than theories, you’re in luck. The Seattle Public Library has an extensive science-fiction collection and aliens are to science-fiction what Giorgio Tsoukalos is to ancient alien theory – you can have one without the other, but why would you? The authors in the science-fiction genre have played with aliens in all their various forms for generations. There is, of course, the classic invasion tale by HG Wells, The War of the Worlds, which spawned a fateful radio performance by Orson Welles in 1938 as well as a plethora of other theatrical interpretations. If invasion tales are your cup of tea, you should also check out the World War series by Harry Turtledove in which the course of World War II is altered greatly by a variety of factors, not the least of which is extraterrestrials.
What if you want your aliens a little less aggressive? In Lost and Found by Alan Dean Foster, a man is kidnapped by a group of aliens (I admit, that’s pretty aggressive) but then he befriends some of the other captives (who are also aliens) and is eventually rescued, sort of, by still different aliens. There is also The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey, which tells the story of a young psychic and interplanetary travel. There is an array of aliens in this series; hostile ones, friendly ones, animal ones – it’s a regular smorgasbord of alien subtypes. There’s also a bit of a romance in it and if you’re looking for more alien romance (that’s a thing, really) check out the Alien Series by Gini Koch. The first book, Touched by an Alien, introduces you to Kitty Katt, who goes from a fairly normal life to one with a heavy alien presence. It’s a fun and fast read.
Of course, as mentioned before, aliens and science-fiction have been all but synonymous for years. The above titles and authors are just a handful in a sub-genre that is jammed full of aliens – good ones, bad ones, and some that are a mix of both. Tell us below what your favorite alien stories are and we’ll be sure to check them out. Also, take some time to watch Ancient Aliens if you can. Seriously, you won’t regret it.