In the 1940s and 50s reports of “flying saucers” became an American cultural phenomena. Sightings of strange objects into the sky became the materials that are raw Hollywood to present visions of potential threats. Posters for films, like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers from 1956 illustrate these fears. Attached to ongoing ideas about life in the Moon, the canals on Mars, and ideas about Martian Civilizations, flying saucers have come to represent the hopes and fears of this world that is modern.
Are these alleged visitors off their worlds benevolent and peaceful or would they attack and destroy humanity? Continue reading »