- Biology: They are essentially octopoidal.
- Social Organization: They are communal/communist of some sort.
- Technology: They use primarily biotech (like Aurora's Xor).
Opposed Genre Conventions (from Independence Day, Signs,
Starship Troopers, V, Invaders from Mars, The Abyss ...)
- The aliens are evil invaders.
- They are immediately intent on domination.
- They are monolithic, showing no individuality.
- They are defeated by a virus/germ, either biological or computer.
- They are tentacled and/or bug-eyed.
- They rely on inborn abilities or technology inherent to their
form (i.e. water for underwater aliens, hive-like ships for
bug-like aliens, etc.)
- Part One: the encroachment of the aliens in our seas is
first detected. The tension is between whether they are
benevolent (a la "The Abyss") or evil (a la "Independence
- Turning Point: They are revealed as non-monolithic,
with a imperialist majority but also a friendly faction.
- Part Two: Their encroachments on American civilization
are shown along with the plan of resistance. This should
follow some classical genre lines, but also lay the seeds of
retaining their culture.
- Turning Point: The resistance fails.
- Part Three: Life after imperialism is shown, and
John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
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