Alien Invasion: The Ultimate Survival Guide for the Ultimate Attack (Anglais) Broché – 7 juin 2011
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Dr. Bob Bowan has been an active member of the space community for over a quarter of a century, with an expertise in SIGINT and communication systems and concepts.
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From a cost-price comparison just the human species, for example deciding it required protein and chlorophyll, could with just a few technical advances, produce it massively. It would cost up the yang, compared to farming, but if we required teratons of it, yeah I suppose we could? Slow traveling aliens (10% of light and under) might escape our attention on their approach to Earth, but something traveling, fast, requires a high energy maser, or laser, or antihydrogen. It would produce curious visual, infrared, and radio signatures on Earth's telescopes, even from light years distant. I liked this book quite a lot as a well-reasoned thought experiment, and since we are near the anniversary of Orson Welles Mercury theatre broadcast of Well' War of the Worlds, 1938, it is not a bad read.
A number of readers will be put off by the excessive math in the first few chapters, but they should persevere.
The authors seem very anxious to demonstrate that they are Real Science Guys by presenting a lot of Real Science Stuff . Drake's famous equation and others could be clearly discussed and all the variations, proofs, etc., relegated to an appendix for study by the Ubergeeks. Some of this need to parade their smarts before the reader actually gets to be kind of funny as in an aside in the chapter on weaponry: "RF weapon systems can be modeled using Maxwell's equations and either the Lorentz force law (for the kinetics of individual charged particles) or the Navier-Stokes compressible fluid equations (for the dynamics of a conducting gas). The resulting nonlinear system of partial differential equations is analytically intractable, and their numerical solution requires fine grained resolution." But then, you probably knew that, didn't you? And no, it doesn't get any clearer when read in context.
Fortunately the authors do spend a good portion of the book writing to express rather than impress. They quite correctly point out that assuming any aliens that show up are peaceful is just plain silly. SETI is rightfully derided as naive in their efforts to signal extraterrestrials. I side with the scientist I once heard say "If the intergalactic phone rings, don't answer it!"
The section on who really "needs to know" about captured aliens, UFO's etc., may bruise your ego but displays impeccable logic.
Pretty good read. It'll make you think.
The Foreword is written by Tim Williams, Supervising Producer of the National Geographic documentary When Aliens Attack. This video was based on the previous edition of the book.
The Introduction states that this book is only a starting point for the serious study of defense and offense against alien invaders.
Chapter 1 (Is an Alien Invasion Likely?) discusses and updates prior calculations on the possibility of an attack from outer space.
Chapter 2 (Warfare with ET -- Human vs. Aliens: Weapons, Tactics, and Strategies for Human Defense) considers advantages and disadvantages on both sides during such attacks.
Chapter 3 (Motive-based Classifications of Extra-terrestrials) examines possible motivations for alien visitations to the Earth.
Chapter 4 (The "Need to Know") regards the public's need to know about alien visitations as opposed to imminent invasions.
Chapter 5 (First Response, Second Response, Third Response -- Did We Get It Right? Did We Win?) considers the blunders of past UFO investigations.
Chapter 6 (The Sixth Column -- Somebody Should Be Preparing) provides an organization chart for an ultrasecret agency to plan and prepare for alien attacks. This agency would also conduct investigations of all possible alien sightings.
Chapter 7 (Conclusions and Discussion) is a summary of the previous chapters.
Notice the recent publication of The Puppet Masters and Farnham's Freehold and the announced reprint of Sixth Column. These Heinlein novels are used as examples within this book. They are also published by Baen.
This book has been updated, but still lags behind current advances in military technology. Airborne direct energy weapons have been tested recently. Anti-missile defenses have also been improved. The current administration, however, does not seem to be interested in such devices and has cut military research budgets.
This book needs some copyediting. Some text is repeated word for word within the books. Although repetition is effective for retention of important information, some repeats seem to be oversights.
OTOH, some subjects are only slightly covered. If at all possible, no politician should be informed about the ultrasecret agency. They have too cozy a relationship with the media and the media has never seen a secret they didn't want to publish. This makes the creation of a secret governmental agency rather difficult.
This book suggests that the population construct shelters much like those in Farnham's Freehold. Such shelters could provide protection against natural disasters, terrorist attacks and terrestrial warfare as well as extraterrestrial threats. The key concept is Prepare now to Survive Later.
This book also recommends creation of a secret governmental agency much like those in The Puppet Masters and Sixth Column to coordinate efforts within the government. It would investigate sightings, prepare plans for various contingencies, and research means of responding to such visits and attacks. Unlike other secret agencies, this organization should be hidden from the public. If its existence is known to the ET invaders, it would probably be targeted for destruction during the initial stage of the invasion.
Despite the contentions of conspiracy theorists, large secret organizations seldom remain secret for very long. Notice that the Manhattan Project was infiltrated by Russian agents. Naturally, the organization portrayed herein is smaller than the Project, but larger than the examples used in the book.
The biggest problem is budgets for secret governmental organizations. Certain people HAVE to know about a budget or Congress will cut it. Large budget items attract public notice. Maybe the best way is to disguise it as a pork barrel project, although such earmarks are now being closely investigated.
The next problem is personnel. The more people involved in a secret, the larger possibility of the secret being leaked. Some people will take home classified material or want out of the organization or will be subverted. This issue is addressed in the book, but not to the extent that it should be examined.
Another problem is Who Watches the Watchers? Counterintelligence will be necessary to watch the workers; who else is going to perform the polygraph exams or check living patterns? Large secret organizations require more internal CI personnel.
Since these CI personnel have more access, they are investigated more thoroughly than normal workers. Yet CI personnel also can be turned, so other CI personnel are needed to check on the first line CI agents. While not necessarily having access to the core secrets, these second line CI investigators do know that a secret organization exists and this presents further risks.
An alternate approach might be to establish a private nongovernmental organization supported by public subscription, but with a secret agenda. Possibly governmental funding also could be provided, much like that for National Public Radio or the arts. Any good ideas could be passed to DoD for incorporation into their normal research and development cycle. If the extraterrestrial aspects are kept secret, such projects would look like typical military R&D.
Another alternative is a small contractor organization with a private agenda. Research on weapons and defenses is being conducted by DoD and other governmental agencies through contractors. These companies issue subcontracts for advanced designs. So the ultrasecret agency could become merely one more contractor in the governmental contract system.
Some functions -- such as investigation of sightings -- also might be outsourced to reduce the number of people knowing the core purpose of the organization. Standard audits should keep private agencies from curbstoning -- i.e., making up reports -- or downplaying sightings as the Air Force did with UFOs.
Other functions that might be outsourced are near space and stellar searches. These functions are already being conducted by various organizations, so the secret agency could just monitor reports. The agency might also provide anonymous funding of additional searches not covered by the usual resources.
As the book states, these are merely primary proposals. More analysis is necessary to produce a workable organization. Surely the authors would appreciate reasonable comments and suggestions.
Recommended for science fiction fans and for anyone else who is concerned with visitors from outer space. Read and think!