Roswell – 66 Years of Inspiration for Sci-Fi

Google celebrate the 66th anniversary of the Roswell crashToday, Google have a front-page doodle celebrating the 66th anniversary of the Roswell incident in 1947 which led to many alien-related conspiracy theories. The logo becomes a point-and-click adventure game. Naturally I think this is a great idea since I love adventure games. In adition to the conspiracy theories, the Roswell incident has served as inspiration for many science fiction stories. I thought it would be fun to look at just a couple of them.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine – Little Green Men

Without doubt, my favourite Roswell-related stories is the Star Trek Deep Space Nine episode Little Green Men. According to this story, the crashed ship at Roswell had been thrust back through time from the 24th century. Its occupants were three Ferengi – Quark, Rom and Nog (plus a stow-away changeling named Odo). This was a blatantly comedic episode – one of the funniest in the series and a personal favourite of mine. There was lots of laugh-out-loud moments as the Ferengi (considered ethically backward by humans in their own time) make observations on 20th century humanity.

Stargate SG1 / Atlantis

According to the series Stargate SG1, the Roswell aliens were members of a race known as the Asgard. These same aliens actually came to earth in the form of Norse gods during ancient times. The first asgard that our heros meet is none other than Thor himself. My favourite asgard character was Hermiod who featured in a number of episodes of Stagate Atlantis. He was the resident asgard on the starship Daedalus. When he disagreed with human characters, he would often mutter to himself in his own language (alien swear words?)

Indianna Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

In the fourth Indianna Jones film, the occupants of the Roswell crash were not actually aliens in the traditional sense, they were Interdimensional beings, not that this makes any great difference to the story. Say what you will about the introduction of aliens into Indy, but connecting these creatures into Roswell was actually quite a clever move. Indianna Jones as a character was alive in 1947 and would have been a logical choice for the government to call on as an expert consultant.

So what about you? What’s your favourite Roswell-inspired sci-fi story?


About Adam David Collings

Adam Collings is a writer of speculative fiction who works as a software engineer during the day. He lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife and two children. Adam is currently working on a science fiction novel.
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