11/05/19 – Let Us In

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, November 5, 2019.




It’s always good to know a few words in Spanish.


  1. The Shadow

    I’m getting VERY bad vibes from the “save our children” bit. Like, “let me graft this justice-loving super-weapon onto you” bad.

    In before the wee little kiddies need human flesh-suits to survive or something.

    1. Kaidah

      A true Renaissance man. lol

      I used to work with a couple of people who could curse equally fluently in both English and French, but growing up on the border with Quebec it wasn’t anything unusual.

  2. Jude

    So is Christopher, did you have need of that particular Spanish sentence (substituting US for outer space) when you’ve travelled in some of the more remote Spanish speaking parts of the world? I guess that when you said “come in peace”, they quickly grabbed whatever manner of weapon they had handy to make sure it was peace.

  3. Rikard

    The very idea of using a gun, or gun-like tool, to implant something into the skull or equivalent by shooting the recipient must have been designed by committee!

    Or an exasperated schoolteacher.

    “I want to talk with you, let me shoot you in the head”.

    Oh, and Eco-develop? Committee! “Make habitable for our species” they mean.

    1. DSL

      They shot a chip into his brain but the gun’s aimed at his crotch. On what are the canids basing their conjectures of human male anatomy?

      Speaking of canids — I wonder if the communicatin’ coyote and condo-crushin’ canids story threads will intertwine? Seems like a decent story setup.

  4. Meran

    I’m wondering (on a second read)…. does the Terran (or Earther… I can’t remember which term Chris is using)… speak Spanish? Because it’s funnier if he doesn’t, at all. They just picked the wrong language to approach with. Tagged him with the chip anyway. As they’d planned.

  5. TB

    The “chip gun” must be a recent invention. They started out using a hat.

    It’s interesting how many aliens think “earth people” are the answer for any interstellar crisis. Is it possible that our science fiction TV shows, which show almost nothing but earth people saving the universe, are responsible?

    Whispers of “Star Trek” transmissions, drifting across the galaxy, and the galaxy coming to Earth for help. Heck, that was the entire plot of “Galaxy Quest,” and it seems quite plausible in some ways.

    1. Christopher

      The chip gun was introduced at the beginning of the second iteration.

      And surprisingly (I know that Iā€™M surprised) in this particular case, earth was chosen for a very solid reason. Which will be revealed someday. šŸ™‚

      1. TB

        Oh, come on. It’s ALWAYS Earth. That’s where writers and moviemakers keep all their stuff.

        Just once I wanted to see a far future space movie where the people on the starship bridge are watching the giant killer space robot move off into the star field…

        “Where’s it headed, science officer?”

        “It’s headed directly for…(dramatic pause)…EARTH!”

        “Where the hell is “Earth?'”

  6. Pete Rogan

    Oh. Oh God. Oh dear God.

    What if news of the aliens needing a planet gets out and Earth kids see the aliens and their young?

    Forget eco-development. We’d better start worrying about keeping newspapers from folding, because we’re going to need newspapers. A LOT of newspapers.

    —Chris, feel free to delete this if, you know.

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