Aliens: The Anthropology of Science Fiction

By George E. Slusser; Eric S. Rabkin | Go to book overview
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The Human Alien: In-Groups and Outbreeding in Enemy Mine

Leighton Brett Cooke

"Alle Menschen werden Brüder"

-- Schiller / Beethoven

"Intelligent life takes a stand!"

-- Shizumaat, Talman

Drac: "Irkmaan.!"

Earthman: "You piece of Drac slime....Come on, Drac, come and get it."

Drac: " Irkmaan vaa, koruum su!"

Earthman: "Are you going to talk, or fight? Come on!....Kiz da youmeen, Shizumaat! [translation: "Shizumaat, the most revered Drac philosopher, eats kiz excrement."]

Drac: "Irkmaan, yaastupid Mickey Mouse is!" ( Novella, p. 122)1

These are fighting words. But for the mention of Mickey Mouse, Earthman and Drac would have immediately come to blows. Given that they are fighter pilots for two different species at war, now crash-landed on a neutral planet, we have every reason to anticipate that the battle they began in the skies above Fyrene IV will be reengaged on the ground. And this happens in the ensuing scenes of Barry B. Longyear's Enemy Mine, a novella which won a Hugo Award, then was made into a feature-length film, under the direction of Wolfgang Petersen, screenplay by Edward Khmara, and finally, was expanded as a "boovie," this time with David Gerrold as coauthor. Whereas there is no proof of an exobiology and this story can hardly be accepted as a plausible account of human-extraterrestrial relations, these indubitable signs of literary success suggest


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