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Not of this Earth (Not really a Pasta)
« on: 08:25:31 PM 11/24/13 »
While brainstorming possible titles for a book of short stories, I was randomly sifting through ominous-sounding common phrases. One of these was “Not of this Earth”.

It’s a term used, of course, to describe something otherworldly. It’s from space… from another reality… somewhere, anywhere, that isn’t Earth itself.

However, let’s break it down just a tiny bit and we’ll spot something odd.

"This" Earth. Something isn’t of "this" specific Earth, which would lead us to wonder… could it be a different Earth, then?

I mean, picture this. A few old-timey folks are gathered around the Wax Cylinder or whatever the Hell, when something strange occurs. Maybe it’s a light in the sky, maybe it’s a three-armed tumorous behemoth shambling past without so much as a “Good day to you, lads!” (Rude.)

These folks have no idea what that shit was, but one thing is for certain. It’s not of THIS Earth.

How did it come to pass that this specification was required? Why don’t we just say “That shit right there? Not from Earth, brofeld.”

Is it possible that we have some subconscious or in-born knowledge of other Earths?

Would that explain why the majority of our most imaginative creators churn out person-like alien design after person-like alien design? Sure, we can argue that the movies and television shows of old had no choice but to create creatures that could be “a guy in a rubber suit”, but what of all the written fiction before and since with strange, outlandish alien creatures who had… like… red eyes or an upside-down nose?

Additionally, now that we can actually put anything we want in the screen with computer graphics, animatronics, even claymation… what do we usually go with?

Dudes. Just… just some weird dudes.

Predator? A weird dude. The Alien from Alien? A very weird dude. Even our alien robots are totally just dudes who happen to be made out of metal. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

Some people would call this a lack of imagination.

I think it’s something far more complicated. We know there are other Earths. We have theorized as much, but even before these were ground-breaking theories, they were the rants of crazy people on the street corner.

We always suspected… or perhaps we even knew for sure.

There are other Earths, and THAT thing is not from THIS one.

I don’t know WHICH Earth THAT thing is from, but it should go BACK or else.

Alien-based Science Fiction has always related to finding the other Earth, or other Earths. Up until we understood what Mars was like, a fuck-ton of humanoid aliens came from there.

Why? Because in people’s estimation, Mars was pretty much Earth… but, you know, over there.

Aliens came from an alternate Earth on the other side of the Sun. They came from beneath the Earth’s crust, where there was a civilization like our own… but a bit different.

What is the theory of alternate timelines in terms of basic human understanding other than the idea of slightly and vastly different Earths?

Have you picked up a comic book in the past years-since-comics-were-invented? Earth 1, Earth 2, Earth 616, Ape Earth, Earth where faces are butts, Earth where butts are faces… it gets to be such a huge mess of random “Other Earths” that every decade or so sees a re-launch where they have to clean the slate.

We’ve constantly sought that other Earth. We’re looking everywhere.

We know there is one, and we want to find it.

Across the galaxy, through the looking glass, through the wormhole, through the black hole, or even just under our feet… we expect to find that mirror world.

We expect to find a place with ancient ruins from an old civilization. We expect to find forests, plants, strange fauna. Maybe we even just expect our own planet, but the Nazis won WWII and somehow people put up with their shit for decades without slaughtering them.

Why do we constantly imagine/desire a world just like ours… but different? Is it because there’s a certain amount of safety in it? It’s not for lack of imagination, I’m sure. Any little kid with a crayon can draw you some oddball abomination that C’thulhu would envy.

(C’thulhu being a big guy made of some fish parts and stuff.)

So I don’t know.

Maybe we’re just trying to capture the subconscious/dream world… a realm inspired by the day’s events and past history, mixed with the bat-shit crazy nonsense that comes with passing the fuck out.

But then again, who knows? Maybe there are just as many alternate Earths out there as we’d imagine. If we feel it in our gut, maybe that’s proof enough.

There might be an Earth where Native Americans invaded and took over Europe. Maybe there’s an Earth where human beings evolved to have one mouth and two eyes.

I suppose anything is possible.

Any Earth is possible.
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Re: Not of this Earth (Not really a Pasta)
« Reply #1 on: 08:28:52 PM 11/24/13 »
Interesting thought, I've heard that one expert theorized that since the universe is almost infinite and that we've only seen and discovered a tiny fraction of it, there might be another plants with similar biology, but like he or another scientist said, where is everybody?
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Re: Not of this Earth (Not really a Pasta)
« Reply #2 on: 09:18:26 PM 11/24/13 »
I constantly have nightmares of these "peachy" looking biengs who only have 2 eyes, one mouth and the likes, walking upright and even worst, they communicate through sound!!! They don't even have tentacles!!! its so scary!!!
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Re: Not of this Earth (Not really a Pasta)
« Reply #3 on: 09:43:58 PM 11/24/13 »
You need to see a psychiatrist or maybe have all of your brains scanned...
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Re: Not of this Earth (Not really a Pasta)
« Reply #4 on: 03:41:38 AM 08/20/16 »
I constantly have nightmares of these "peachy" looking biengs who only have 2 eyes, one mouth and the likes, walking upright and even worst, they communicate through sound!!! They don't even have tentacles!!! its so scary!!!


Did they at LEAST have the mouths on their hands???