Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Movie released: 1977 | Set in: 1977

Summary Table
Event Likelihood Time frame
Alien contact very low? at any time

Approach to the future
Scenario exploration


Futurism: 6

Entertainment: 9

Plausibility: 8
Depending, of course, on whether aliens exist.

Interesting depictions

Alien contact:
The aliens are suitably alien. They are perplexing and inscrutable, and even simple communications are difficult. They can conceal their activities at will. People greet them with a mix of curiosity and awe.

They possess baffling technologies, possibly including antigravity. And the return of people who have been gone for decades suggests that their ships can travel at least a significant fraction of the speed of light.

See: A note on aliens.

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