Plan 8 From Outer Space


Prologue




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You're a bad lot, you Earth humans.  Not all of you, of course.  I know myself, from personal experience, that there are quite a few decent individuals amongst you.  But as a collective unit you're bad.  Very bad.

And it's not just me who holds that opinion.  Most of the rest of the universe agrees.  That's why we had to think up a really ingenious plan for you.   Actually, you're not even supposed to know about it, but I can't see the harm in letting you in on the secret.  You'd probably find out sooner or later anyway, what with your deviousness and your cunning….

You see, we've been watching your little planet for a long time now.  We've seen your species evolve and develop.  Just recently, we've noticed you beginning to get to grips with technology.  And that's where the all the problems stem from.  We've realised that you're quite good at it. Too good, really.

Let me explain: it's one thing that your species has flexible intelligence.  That wouldn't be an issue if you didn't have such fertile imaginations.  Together, these two assets allow you to make huge leaps forward.  Again, that would be fine if you'd had enough time to shake off your primitive survival instincts.  But you haven't.

Your brains are a mess.  Half the time you think exactly the same way you did before you invented the wheel.  The other half of the time, you're discovering things that should be too advanced for you by ten thousand generations.  So, you still have an irrational fear of difference and strangers.  But you express that fear with weapons which are just as destructive as those that can be found on worlds that have learnt to overcome such primeval concepts.

In short, you've come too far too fast.   You're a danger to yourselves.  You've managed to become both the most creative and the most destructive species we've ever seen and you've done it in the blink of a cosmic eye. No doubt all that makes you feel very proud of yourselves. It shouldn't, but you probably can't even help it.  Arrogance is just yet another of your negative qualities.

Even given all that, our interest in you would be restricted to mild curiosity alone were it not for one particular element of your technological development: space exploration. You might not think you've achieved all that much in this regard, but, believe me, you're light-years ahead of where we thought you'd be by now.  And at the rate you're going, it won't be long before you discover a method of interstellar travel.

And there's the key to the whole problem.  We - that's to say almost all the intelligent life in the universe - don't want a bunch of imaginative psychopaths on the loose.  You're simply too dangerous.  You'll upset the harmonious balance of the galaxies and start exporting the violence and mayhem we associate with your world. Basically, we don't want you. Certainly not until you've significantly matured as a species.  And that's why we decided we had to find some way of at least delaying your progress so that you can evolve away from your primitive mental state before you start exploring the cosmos.

By now, the more belligerent among you will be asking why we hyper-advanced, super-intelligent beings don't just destroy your world before you become a threat to us.  Or perhaps you're surprised that we haven't already invaded and occupied your planet to take control of your development.  Well, if that's what you're thinking, then it proves just how uncivilized you are.

You see, the rest of the universe doesn't behave in that way.  Not any more.  We have laws forbidding aggression and colonisation.  We cannot attack unless we are attacked first and these laws can never be broken.  So what can we do?  Our great fear is that once Earth has developed sufficiently to begin engaging in hostile action, it will be too late for us to defend ourselves.  We are certain that you will one day wage war on us, but we cannot pre-empt you.  It is our law.

Now, I've already mentioned that we do things differently from you.  And our ingenious scheme proves it.  As I explained, our law prohibits us taking direct action and we are nothing if not respecters of law.  A big part of our problem with you is that so many of you seem to think that laws are made to be broken.  We believe that laws are made to be upheld and obeyed.  Even when needs dictate, we would never ignore the rules.  But we can work around them...

Basically, it works like this: we need to keep you out of our way, but we can't attack or destroy you.  We have to find another way.  One idea might be to interfere in your ridiculous politics and encourage you to destroy yourselves.  After all, you already possess more than enough tools to do the job.  However, such direct interference is absolutely forbidden, and, as I said, we always stay within the law.

Fortunately, there is a tiny loophole in that law.  Although we can't fight or meddle with your populations or your governments, careful study has revealed that the law makes no specific mention of single individuals. If the cause is justifiable, then we can interfere in any way we see fit with one member of a species without fear of breaking our sacred rules.  And that is the key to our plan.  For we believe that a solitary human being benefiting from our technology can help us achieve our goal.

Let me explain in terms an inhabitant of Earth can understand.  We want to set your armies against each other, but we can't.  What we can do, is set just one of you against all the others.  Now, that might not seem like much of a fight.  It certainly wouldn't last very long, and we require a conflict that will occupy the people of Earth for several thousand generations.  But, like you, we are resourceful.  We have the solution.

The longest battles (and we intend this one to be exceptionally long) take place between equals.  The better balanced the two sides are, the harder it is for either to achieve victory.  In our particular case we would like to pit an individual against an entire species, clearly an unequal contest.  Unless, that is, we make one little alteration.  Nothing much, you understand.  Just enough to ensure that the individual we select is equal to all the rest of humanity combined.

So that is our plan:  take one inhabitant of Earth, tweak it slightly so that it is as powerful as all the others together, and set it to work keeping all the others busy.  It's a scheme of such devious invention that it is entirely worthy of your troublesome little planet.

The only problem we anticipate is selecting the correct individual.  After all, members of your species have such wildly different personalities.  Many of you would be reluctant to behave in the manner we desire.  We must find one who actively wishes to exist in perpetual opposition to all the others.  One who would respond in the correct manner to the changes we would make.

And that is the stage we have reached.  Making our final choice.  We have watched and observed millions of you, rejecting those we felt unsuitable until we were left with just one.  Now, it is time to begin implementation of Plan 8: The elimination of Earth as a threat to the universe.

 

Conceptfan, Oct. 2003.