What if we encountered intelligent, technological aliens, but they looked like - or even were - edible vegetables? Or perhaps just their spaceships looked like that. These alien vessels resemble pattypan squash. I'm sure that some science fiction writer has done a story with that turnaround-from-normal idea, that the humans EAT the alien visitors because they are delicious. But if they had spaceships, they probably would know how to defend themselves. I have always found squash disturbing. I think they are aliens anyway. And there I am working in a grocery store. Sorry, it's late at night/early morning even for me.
"Alien Pattypans," acrylic on illustration board, 7" x 10", January 1987.