They were big and beefy and incredibly strong. They were aggressive, poking their weapons everywhere and they smelled like belligerent fear as they shouted and snarled. They had plate armor like insects but were pasty and bony underneath with beady eyes and a ridiculous tuft of hair on their tiny heads – like hand puppets. They were most definitely …ALIEN!
When they landed their starship in my back yard and demanded; “Take me to your leader!” I was so stunned – so baffled that I froze and just blinked at them. Their exasperated captain tried again; “Where are your leaders?!” sneering with contempt, as if I was a child. I simply shrugged and said, “Search me…”
Now…I don’t know if they misunderstood me or just had a REALLY strange sense of humor…..but being held down in a medical lab with a gnarly probe approaching my buttocks is taking things waaaaaay too literally. These humans area nasty bunch.
***This story reminds me of my last colonoscopy…And can anybody explain what the deal is with Aliens and anal probes? They’re almost as bad as the CIA (at least Aliens ask intelligent questions). This was the (lucky) 13th cover John did for the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Analog Magazine. You won’t find this image in any of our 3 current books but you can find our books by following the links to www.sallemander.com and our Etsy shop. -Marsha