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In Ender's Game, and even more so in the sequels, you depict a very detailed view of the human response to an unknown life form. Do you believe that the response (both political, on earth and militarily) is accurate, considering human nature and the political state of the world?

-- Submitted by Preston Thomas

OSC REPLIES: - August 2, 2000

I base the way humans respond to aliens on the way humans respond to strange humans. History bears me out -- most such contacts are disasters of misunderstanding, selfishness, and fear. And even when they go "well" they're disastrous ...

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