Hello, friends! For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I’m telling you more about the universe I’ve created for my upcoming Sci-Fi adventure series, Tomorrow News Network. In today’s post, F is for:
THE FERMI PARADOX
Okay, bear with me. This post is going to get weird. Some of what I’m going to tell you is true. The rest is totally made up Sci-Fi nonsense.
THIS PART IS FACT
Historians disagree about the exact date, but sometime around 1950, nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi was having lunch with a few physicist colleagues. The topic of conversation: extraterrestrial life. It was during this conversation that Fermi famously quipped: “But where is everybody?”
Dr. Fermi then proceeded to lay out all the reasons why advanced alien civilizations should exist out there among the stars, and also all the reasons why we should have detected their presence by now. And yet, despite our best efforts, we’ve found nothing. So where is everybody?
This question is now known as the Fermi Paradox. If you’re a scientist involved in SETI research, you will have to grapple with this issue at some point. And if you’re a science fiction writer creating a sprawling Sci-Fi universe full of advanced alien civilizations, well… you should probably imagine up some sort of solution to the Fermi Paradox.
Mind you, it doesn’t have to be the most scientifically plausible solution. But some of your readers will surely be wondering about this, so….
THIS PART IS FICTION
In time index 117-299, a Hykonian observation vessel crashed on Earth near a small Earthling village named Roswell. The cause of the crash remains unknown. The fate of the Hykonian crew remains unknown. And what happened to the wreckage of the spacecraft itself? Again, unknown.
Due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the Roswell incident, the Galactic Inquisitor was forced to intervene. The Hykonian Hegemony has demanded retribution; meanwhile, the local authorities on Earth continue to claim ignorance (something, something, weather balloons). Until this matter is resolved, the Galactic Inquisitor has imposed an isolation ordinance over Earth.
All forms of interstellar communications are being jammed, and no spacecraft shall be permitted to enter of leave the Solar System. Recent violations of this ordinance by NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes are currently under investigation.
Most Earthlings are left wondering, understandably, why they seem to be alone in the universe. And so things shall remain until the Galactic Inquisitor’s ordinance is lifted.
Speaking of the Galactic Inquisitor, next time on Tomorrow News Network: A to Z, we’ll meet the timeless, near godlike being who maintains law and order in the galaxy.