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Comments for An Open Letter to Earth

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionAn Open Letter to Earth: 08/20/08

I love a completely silly and very short story when I need to unwind at the end of the day. "An Open Letter to Earth" by Scott Dalrymple in the August issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction fits that bill perfectly.

Like Ruth Nestvold's "Mars a Traveler's Guide" or Robert Reed's "Character Flu", "An Open Letter to Earth" is only a few pages long and more a monologue than a story. In this case, it is a letter from an unnamed extra terrestrial who rants about humanity and tries to explain why he and other visitors to Earth find the human species so interesting. He then goes on list ways that we can improve ourselves and our time on Earth.

It's cute story with some very silly points (like the request that the term "alien" be replaced with "Chuck Norris"® and that hamsters would be the perfect intergalactic currency. It also has some important warnings about protecting the environment, ending wars and celebrating diversity (even if the Chuck Norris can't tell humans apart).

Read the interview at the magazine's blog.

Read more at Raindancer's Writing Life, The Arch of Time, Musing Aloud, Keylmann-Report (Deutsch).

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