Can You Ever Really Know an Extraterrestrial?

ILLUSTRATION BY RACHELL SUMPTER Knowledge about aliens might be as dangerous as the aliens themselves. BY CALEB SCHARF Imagine that you’ve lived your entire life in a small village deep within a continental wilderness. For centuries this community has been isolated from the rest of the world. One day you go out exploring, skirting the edges of known territory. Suddenly, and against all expectations, you stumble across a signpost embedded in the ground. The script is highly unusual, foreign, but the text is clear enough. It says, simply, “We Are Here.” The question is: What happens next? There might be … Continue reading Can You Ever Really Know an Extraterrestrial?