The stupidity and oddities of humans, as seen through the eyes of an interplanetary traveller or alien, is nothing new, e.g. ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ by Heinlein (great book), ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ (also great, and the basis of the film of the same name starring David Bowie) or, on TV, ‘Mork and Mindy’, ‘Alf’ and ‘Third Rock from the Sun’, to name just a few.
At 18 pages long, this tale is barely long enough to qualify as a short story but is a little too long for ‘flash fiction’, but Molina’s very short story has a couple of nice touches of humour and some (extremely shallow) pathos.
However, for me it fails to go into enough detail, or to fully explore the interactions between the protagonist and humans; Alien 597’s misunderstandings and ‘from-the-mouths-of-babes’ commentary, therefore, don’t quite have the philosophical and satirical edge that they so easily could have done – despite a premise such as this being a great opportunity to make some comments about the emperor’s new clothes.
Many people love short stories and flash fiction, and you could do worse than reading Molina’s offering, but I found the message and the delivery of the story weren’t as good as they could have been. It reads like a prologue to a much more involved tale, so I was left feeling a bit short-changed.
‘Confessions of a Traveller’ shows a lot of potential – and has a great cover – but it doesn’t quite hit the mark.
Grotesque insect looking beasts, which burst out of your chest, and have acid for blood. Grey and short aliens with big eyes, who want to take over your mind, and they do horrible experiments with instruments that go up your anus. They’ve come to take over the world, and make you into a zombie or dinner. If they ever land in full view, they would either be worshiped and a new religion would form, or murdered immediately, and their ship parts sold to the highest bidder. Alien 597 read her report about aliens that humans had encountered.
A short story about an alien visiting Earth.
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