Imaging the Alien - The Portrayal of Extraterrestrial Intelligence and SETI in Science Fiction

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S. Baxter (2009), JBIS, 62, 131-138

Refcode: 2009.62.131
Keywords: SETI, aliens, extraterrestrial intelligence, Fermi paradox, science fiction

Abstract:
Concepts of extraterrestrial intelligence as explored in science fiction are reviewed. In particular, modern fiction based on the scenarios envisaged in SETI methodologies is described. The intention is to help make this work accessible to specialists such as the SETI and astrobiology communities. While SF is primarily fiction and is meant to entertain, the more thoughtful of such works may serve as a bank of thought experiments to assist in the development of future SETI strategies and policies.

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