Many science fiction stories which include contact with aliens assume
Not only gets this boring. It is physically and logically unlikely and
Logically, because whatever the technology, there is a high chance
that it is still an extreme effort to travel throught the vast
emptyness of the universe. All this to kill and destroy what you
find. That's what humans tend to do, and even we know by know it is
idiotic. So once an alien race lived long enough to know how to travel
around the universe, they probably overcame this behaviour.
Physically, because the physical laws, as far as we understand them,
don't allow faster-than-light travel of either mass/energy or
information — if there is a difference at all between the
two. So the science fiction author usually assumes one of the
- they come here,
- and got to war with us and want to kill us all.
What I am missing so far — and I may well just not be aware of
it — is a story in which the contact is not physical, with the
problems described above, but just via information exchange.
- The aliens understood physics better than us and overcame
faster-than-light travel restrictions for mass/energy.
- They are assumed really, really patient, long living creatures
having no problem to visit places with traveling times in the
several thousand years in between. Their personal experience of the
travel time may be a bit shortened if they manage to accelerate
their space ships to near light speed. Apart from the problem of
taking along or harvest enough energy for the acceleration and
deceleration phases, these phases alone make sure travel time is
Thought's on Faster-Than-Light Information Exchange
What if, instead of transporting mass/energy faster-than-light, we
find out that physics has a loophole which at least allows to send
information faster-than-light, even instantaneous?
It would open the possibility of alien contact while pre-empting
the idea that alien contact means war. Rather it could be an
interesting story of how the scientific breakthrough happens and what
ensues. Some notes: