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Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Xenology.
Xenology is the scientific study of all aspects of extraterrestrial (alien) life, intelligence, and civilization.
The X Files
In James Cameron’s Avatar, humans are mining a precious metal called unobtanium on the planet Pandora. A team of biological scientists accompanies them to observe and research the local tribe of Na’vi-ten foot tall, blue aliens. The team investigates the Na’vi’s social structure and cultural practices as well as their physiology. Dr.Grace Augustine believes that the trees found on the planet form a biological neural network with which the Na’vi can interact-‘uploading’ or ‘downloading’ their memories and experiences and communicating with their deity.
Men in Black
Men in Black (M.I.B.) is a secret non-government agency that polices extraterrestrial alien refugees, monitoring about 1500 aliens around the world. They also try to keep the existence of these aliens secret from the general public.