I started a second story for Scalzi’s cliché challenge. I’m a lot more enthusiastic about this one, since I get to write aliens, woohoo! Of course, the fact that I have characters and a milieu and a general situation does not mean that I have a plot. Oy. But it’s fun. That’s what matters, right?
I actually found myself wondering if it was enough of a cliché. Then I thought about that for a minute and completely cracked up. Rest assured, it is an idea well-mined in media SF (and inspired by a science article I read last year, which is why I didn’t make the connection).