Twitter has been going crazy about aliens of late. At first I wondered if this was a 21st Century reincarnation of The War of the Worlds but it turns out it’s just massive hype around Ridley Scott's new blockbuster, Prometheus.
I say hype like it’s a bad thing but for people who like that kind of film, it’s supposed to be excellent. 'Gut-wrenching' says the Observer, 'repulsively awesome' enthuses the Huffington Post, and 'shows abundant visual panache' compliments the Daily Mail. So far, so Hollywood.
Personally, I’m more of a Men in Black than Aliens type of fan (yes, I know, there goes my credibility) so I won't be rushing off to the cinema anytime soon.
And as I’m not a massive movie buff I thought Little Bean and I should get in on the act by reading a few fun alien books instead. Here are some of our options:
And then for me there's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - that's my kind of alien story. You can keep your blockbuster of 'slime-spattered, blood-spurting science-fiction'. I'd prefer a bit of funny any day.