- The Dark Forest theory: why aliens haven’t contacted us yet Scotty Hendricks, Big Think
- China’s “Dark Forest” answer to Star Wars optimism Jeremy Hsu, Lovesick Cyborg
- On the tradition of “Chinese unity” in geopolitical thought Nick Nielsen, The View from Oregon
- Rice Peter Miller, Views of the Kamakura
My latest at RealClearHistory:
When I think about space disasters, I am reminded of the space battle between Earth and Trisolaris in Liu Cixin’s fantastic sci-fi novel. Stay with me here. Liu Cixin’s Dark Forest novel needs to be read. In the novel, humans make contact with a nearby alien civilization, who proceed to make plans to invade earth, wipe out its human population, and re-populate it with themselves. The first battle between Earth’s space forces and the would-be invaders ends badly for Earth, as thousands of space warships are destroyed in a matter minutes by a Trisolaran probe. The novel brings up an uncomfortable theory that humans have been all-too-willing to neglect: what if the universe is a hostile, deadly place instead of a curious one?
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