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Science Fiction Filter: examples of unreliable aliens?
posted by arcanecrowbar to media & arts (36 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
So I'm working out a story concept and I want to make sure that I'm not inadvertently ripping off some obscure film, novel or TV episode.
Please post examples of first contact between humans and alien species, where the aliens deliberately misrepresent themselves to us as being something other than what they are. This can be misrepresenting their philosophy, their origins, the source of their technology, their physical composition, anything so long as the revelation of the lie would be shocking to the humans. The classic example is "To Serve Man"
. What other examples can you recall? Thanks in advance.