Via : New Scientist
Alien competition runners up
HERE, as promised, are 10 runner-up entries in the Feedback New Year competition. We asked entrants to compose a text message in no more than 160 characters, sent by an alien who has just arrived on our planet. Some of last week’s winning contributors sent more than one entry that we particularly enjoyed, and three of these are included here.
No sign of survivors. Died out 65 million years ago. No need for return mission.
Thomas J. Lynch, Perkasie, Pennsylvania, US
Natives wonderful. Send ketchup.
Chris Mullard, London, UK
Too late. Another one overrun by Starbucks.
Len Cooke, Wokingham, Berkshire, UK
“Green” site not safe, had to splash down at “blue” site. Life abundant and highly intelligent. Locals say dry land is bandit country – very dangerous.
Colin Wainwright, London, UK
Marooned! On Earth there is but one science. Based on mere observation and logic, it forbids faster-than-light travel and our star drive is refusing to work.
Clive Bashford, London, UK
3rd planet-colonisation candidate. C02 rising and almost breathable.
John Alderson, Reading, Berkshire, UK
Anthropologists will have a field day here. They’ve got a creation myth that everything started with a “big bang”. They’ve even got the math to prove it.
Michael Parsons, Canberra, ACT, Australia
It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it.
Justin Byrne, Dublin, Ireland
Humans are not conscious beings but remote-controlled by little boxes pressed to the head or wires plugged into their ears.
Olaf Lipinski, Bad Homburg, Germany
This planet, mostly harmless, is chiefly remarkable for providing the best evidence so far that the limit of 160 characters on SMS messages is a universal const
Kim Bastin, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia