Sunday, December 6, 2009

Alien Pattypans

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.


LauraJ said...

There's a wonderful story about aliens who taste (and smell) like roast duck by either Cordwainer Smith or RA Lafferty.

Tristan Alexander said...

Mmmmmmm, aliens..drooll

LauraJ said...

Turned out to be "From Gustible's Planet" by Cordwainer Smith. And Neil Gaiman is the kindest man on the Internets.