Season 1, Episode 2: You Never Get a Second Chance to Make First Contact

A person in an alien mask reading a book in bed.

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In this episode, we talk about meeting sentient extraterrestrials: The challenges of communication, what first contact stories say about our own Earthbound society, and why the aliens won’t return our texts.

David’s recommendations:

  • “Darmok” (Star Trek TNG)
  • “The Inner Light” (Star Trek TNG)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Arrival
  • The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell

Rachel’s recommendations

  • “Species 10-C” (Star Trek Discovery)
  • Children of Time, Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Attack the Block
  • Xenogenesis Trilogy (Lilith’s Brood), Octavia E. Butler
  • Blindsight, Peter Watts

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