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Wishing to create an alien creature that did not look like a “man in a suit”, Terry Nation stated in his script for the first Dalek serial that they should have no legs. He was also inspired by a performance by the Georgian National Ballet, in which dancers in long skirts appeared to glide across the stage. For many of the shows, the Daleks were operated by retired ballet dancers wearing black socks while sitting inside the Dalek. Raymond Cusick (who died on 21 February 2013) was given the task of designing the Daleks when Ridley Scott, then a designer for the BBC, proved unavailable after having been initially assigned to their debut serial. An account in Jeremy Bentham’s Doctor Who—The Early Years (1986) says that after Nation wrote the script, Cusick was given only an hour to come up with the design for the Daleks, and was inspired in his initial sketches by a pepper shaker on a table. Cusick himself, however, states that he based it on a man seated in a chair, and only used the pepper shaker to demonstrate how it might move –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create an alien creature for your screenplay. Don’t have a screenplay? Pretend you do! This is a creative kickstart.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe that aliens look like?

Art Prompt: Daleks

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your favorite fictional alien.

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“The fact that we have not yet found the slightest evidence for life — much less intelligence — beyond this Earth,” said Arthur C. Clarke, “does not surprise or disappoint me in the least. Our technology must still be laughably primitive, we may be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms while the ether around them carries more words per second than they could utter in a lifetime.” –The Daily Galaxy

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about an intelligent civilization that is searching for life and how they miss the Earth because our signals are too primitive.

Journaling Prompt: Do you care about the possibility of intelligent life on other planets? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: SETI

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the search for intelligent life on other planets – the history of the search and your predictions for the future.

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NASA is developing technologies that will allow a human explorer based on Earth, or in the relative safety of a space station or habitat, to actually experience exploration of a distant location. If the technology can be tied to robotic ‘avatars’ on a planetary surface in real-time, the user would not simply experience a simulation of the world – but could directly participate in exploration and science as if they were there…

“If every habitable world in the universe is unique, and the precise chemical conditions of a planet helps shape the life that evolves there, then avatars could allow aliens to visit other worlds from the safety of their spaceship,” reported “Could it be that all the stories of alien encounters on Earth were really encounters with alien avatars? Maybe aliens don’t actually look like grey humanoids with large eyes and no noses. Instead, that haunting image may simply be what we look like to them.” –The Daily Galaxy

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem about exploring another planet via an avatar OR about meeting an alien avatar here on earth.

Journaling Prompt: If you could visit any planet via an avatar, which one would you like to visit and why?

Art Prompt: Alien Avatar

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about your dreams to explore space.

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What does it mean for a civilization to be a million years old? We have had radio telescopes and spaceships for a few decades; our technical civilization is a few hundred years old … an advanced civilization millions of years old is as much beyond us as we are beyond a bushbaby or a macaque. -Carl Sagan

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem about a civilization that is millions of years old.

Journaling Prompt: Write about what you believe our world will be like in 50 years.

Art Prompt: Ancient civilization

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The silence of the Asonu is proverbial. The first visitors believed that these gracious, gracile people were mute, lacking any language other than that of gesture, expression, and gaze. Later, hearing Asonu children chatter, the visitors suspected that among themselves the adults spoke, keeping silence only with strangers. We know now that the Asonu are not dumb, but that once past early childhood they speak only very rarely, to anyone, under any circumstances. They do not write; and unlike mutes, or monks under vows of silence, they do not use any signs or other devices in place of speaking.

This nearly absolute abstinence from language makes them fascinating.

People who live with animals value the charm of muteness. It can be a real pleasure to know when the cat walks into the room that he won’t mention any of your shortcomings, or that you can tell your grievances to your dog without his repeating them to the people who caused them.

And those who can talk, but don’t, have the great advantage over the rest of us that they never say anything stupid. -Ursula Le Guin, The Silence of the Asonu (free to read at Lightspeed magazine)

Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene from the point of view of someone who never speaks.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your experience with silence. Would you voluntarily give up speaking?

Art Prompt: Silence

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Personally,I have nothing against the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. But I’d put in 30 years bouncing around the professional broadcast business and had had a hard time enough finding intelligent life on Earth, much less finding it out among the stars. I think it’s safe to say I’m with Clarke in that I don’t believe there are any advance aliens within listening distance of humanity — otherwise they’d have been here already and exterminated us on account of the noise.-Brad R. Torgeson, The Bullfrog Radio Astronomy Project, published in the October 2011 Analog Science Fiction and Fact

Writing Prompt: What do your character believe about aliens and how they would act if they came to our planet?

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about aliens?

Art Prompt: Aliens
Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience what you believe about life on other planets.

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