Saturday, 24 August 2013
Another Humanoid Extraterrestrial
I have mentioned the implausible humanoid aliens in some Anderson short stories like "Backwardness." In that short story, the United Nations Secretary-General, conversing with a Galactic emissary, thinks:
"It was not for him to judge a superman." (Kinship With The Stars, New York, 1991, p. 159)
- and the Cardinal Archbishop of New York thinks that:
"Among the Great Galactics, a silence must be as meaningful as a hundred words..." (p. 163)
Humanoid aliens used to abound in popular sf and are still to be seen in Star Trek. One Golden Age (1938) humanoid, not only regarded as a superman but also called "Superman," is now presented in considerably more sophisticated narratives such as the Smallville novel, Silence by Nancy Holder. In this Smallville series, we see Lex Luthor striving for the best that terrestrial humanity can achieve and therefore opposing the importation and imposition of an extraterrestrial superhumanity that, he thinks, renders human effort meaningless. It is for Alexander Luthor to judge a superman.