On 2002-12-16 03:55, Jetmech0417 wrote:
It just bugs me that even the aliens in sci-fi use the same reference system.
Once again, I know this is an old topic, but saying that ALL aliens in sci-fi call humans "Earthlings", or some variation thereof, isn't entirely true. If you've ever read the Worldwar
series by Harry Turtledove, the aliens that invade earth during WWII call us "Tosevites" after their name for Sol, which is "Tosev". (Alternate history) They also say that we live on the planet "Tosev-3". In the book, there are 2 other planets that have already been conquered by "The Race" (name by which they call themselves), that are also referred to by the Race's name of their star system. (Sorry, can't remember the names offhand. It's been about 18 months since I last re-read the series.) Also, in the book, collectively, all humans are called "Tosevites", but in some areas, the Race calls them by the names they've made for themselves. Those of us in the United States are called "Americans", the German are called "Deutsch", and the Japanese are called "Nipponese", to cite a few examples.
On another note, if you like alternate history, Harry Turtledove is one heck of an author.
[Edited to add quote and make a few additions.]
"Some see the glass half full, some see it half empty, and some see it crawling with toxic alien parasites who want to devour your pancreas." - Sgt Aarhus, from the book Ascending
by James Alan Gardner
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