What Alien Technology Represents and Why is it Worth Bleeding Over
To us modern people living in a modern age of seemingly endless technological advancement and revolution, it is easy to forget the length of time it took to achieve this level of progress. After all, the promise of nuclear fusion power has been in development, in one stage or another, for nearly 100 years and we are still not quite there yet. The almighty computer that rules our world took over forty years to become a dominant force in society. Modern firearms have been a work-in-progress for nearly five hundred and the laser-blasters of science fiction are still not a reality. What if there was a shortcut to achieving technological sci-fi dreams? What if we found a piece of advanced technology allowing us to have unlimited energy, humanoid robots, faster-than-light travel, teleportation, laser blaster, anti-gravity, or the everlasting gobstopper? That is what alien (or future) technology represents: a giant leap forward and that could be worth blood. Imagine if one nation or company could singularly control FTL technology or fusion power, or teleportation? Could they pull a Doctor Evil and demand to rule the world? Again, that is worth the price in blood and treasure to control possible technology that could make you masters of the Earth.
Why Alien Technology Could be Important and Deadly
In the realm of science fiction, alien technology often equals technology so advanced it approaches to magic. When we look at the possibility of an alien ruin, crashed UFO, or trade deal for strawberry ice cream, bring technology that is centuries beyond our current understanding; we can see the nature of the conflict. If one nation-state achieved access to very advanced technology, they could simply outclass any friend or foe to the point of tipping the balance of power on planet Earth. Of course, the technology could be used for the betterment of all mankind and allow us access to the stars, unlimited free power, and food replicators.
Real-World Examples of Conflicts over “Alien” Tech?
Would Aliens Fight Over Our Advanced Technology?
we would appear magical to stone-age people” and this how future human space explorers could appear to some aliens. There are those that believe this is the basis for ancient astronaut encounters. This could mean that our advanced technology could be magically and a source of conflict among the lesser developed alien races. What would a local alien warlord do or give to gain access to advanced alien weaponry? Any greedy party could break the Prime Directive and sell phased plasma rifles in the 40-watt range to these aliens for Unobtainium and spark a planetary civil war. This is the reason why Star Trek and Doctor Who have laws against the sharing of advanced technology with underdeveloped species to avoid harm.
From the Fox Mulder Corner: Are We Already Fighting over Alien Technology?
After the 1947 Crash, a race similar to the hunt for securing Nazi scientists after the war erupted between the US and the USSR for recovered alien technology. There are stories of US UFO crash recovery team operating in other counties and either bullying or paying off other governments for the wreckage as was a case in Mexico. In the US, the Men in Black handle the bullying portion. This is not just limited to the United States; the Soviet Union got their own version of Roswell in winter of 1969 in the forest near Sverdlovsk Oblast. Some rumors online of leaked footage say that $10,000 US dollars were paid for the tapes that are clearly faked. While the footage maybe faked, like so many Roswell footage, the incident itself, like Roswell, may not be. Then there are those that believe that the real reason for the 2003 invasion of Iraq was not due to long-held US regime change dream, or the long-held desire to "Americanize" the Middle East or the Weapons of Mass Destruction hoax; but due to Baathist Iraq government possessing a "Stargate" dating back to Sumerian times and it was hidden in the Green Zone of Baghdad. Yes, there are those that say that an ancient astronaut interdimensional gate system was left behind by the Anunnaki and discovered in 1920. The war was over securing this Stargate and any other alien technology archeological sites in Iraq. If this was not bizarre enough, there are those that believe we are engaged in off-world warfare with alien species on the moon and Mars and that this is an international effort to kick the aliens out and secure their technology.
Sci-Fi and Conflicts over Alien Tech
Examples in Sci-Fi
Special Agent Peter Keyes’ OWLF Unit from Predator 2
The Traveller from the Destiny Universe
The Forerunner Installations and Technology from the HALO Universe
When the Flood threatened to consume the galaxy thousands of years ago, the Forerunners made the hard call and construct vast megastructures that formed the basis of a superweapon effective up to 25,000 LYs that was not meant to kill the Flood, but its food. After the firing of the Forerunner installations or “halo rings”, the galaxy was reseeded from the protected archives of the installations. Their original purpose was lost over the course of 100,000 years and pieces of the Forerunner technology found their way into establishing the central religion of the Covenant along with their technology.
The Temple of the Five from "the Eye of Jupiter" and "Rapture" from BSG
The Superior Technology of the Frist Foundation from the Foundation Universe
The Alien Terraform Reactor on Mars from Total Recall
In the year 2084, there is the Federal Colonies on Mars that are an important source of money for one of the major political blocs on Earth via tourism and a new type of fuel: tubinium. It was also home to an ancient alien civilization that had the ability to build a terraforming reactor half-a-million years ago. The governor over the Federal Colony of Mars, Cohaagan, was attempting to cover-up the alien terraform generator due to a worry over it destroying the tubinium ore and allowing him not to use the price of air to control the colony.
In the end, Quaid activates the generator and frees Mars…or not, depending on what you believe about the memory implants. While information on the alien in the 1990 film is very light, the novelization did flesh out that an ET antlike species constructed the reactor to save their dying world…but they died before using it. Others have suggested that the terraform reactor was built by a spacefaring alien species that hoped to make Mars a colony of theirs via terraforming. For some reason, they never activated the reactor.
Cyberdyne’s Pieces of the T-800 from Terminator 2
At the end of the first groundbreaking Terminator, the T-800 sent back in time to kill Sarah Conner is pancaked under an industrial press at a small company called Cyberdyne. It is there that this company gains advanced technology from the future and alters not only the company’s fortunes, but alters the future. The two surviving pieces of the T-800, the arm, and piece of the CPU were enough to all Dr. Miles Dyson at Cyberdyne Systems to pioneer the initial steps of SKYNET’s development. When the 2nd T-800 arrived to protect teenage John Conner, Sarah Conner uses the information in its CPU to locate and track down Dr. Dyson and the pieces of the T-800. This results in a battle of control for the pieces of the future technology and John Conner’s life.
The Fight for the Liberator from Blake's 7 Universe
In the much beloved and awesome 1970’s British sci-fi series Blake’s 7, the rebel group under Roj Blake utilized the alien sentinel warship christened “the Liberator”. Discovered by a Federal penal transport vessel, London, the Liberator was engaged in a space battle and this attracted the London to board the alien craft. Too chicken to board themselves, the Federation crew forced several of the intimates, Blake, Avon, and Jenna to see if the coast was clear. That was the moment, and they took the alien warship for themselves to wage a one-ship war against the Federation.
The LosTech of the BattleTech Universe
When the BattleTech mecha combat game was originally released, the setting was one of war between various human entities and groups that possessed combat mecha. Planets and resources were battled over in the distant future. However, the game literature hinted at a great history, one before the Succession Wars: the Star League. When the Star League fell, humanity was in possession of great technology and great understanding. Now, in the 31st century, the understanding of how these advanced technologies worked is broken down to the point that mechanics of the mecha prayer as well as repair. This lost understanding became known as “LosTech”. Any element of lost technology was a source of conflict in the inner sphere and even battles where men and mechs fought to control these nuggets of high lost tech. Even the items that were recovered in working order could not be fully understood and could take on religious meaning, like the hyperpulse generator communication systems of the ComStar.
Another LosTect item that was nearly scared and there was an understanding in the inner sphere that Jumpships were not to be attacked. As the high tech items that were from the time of the Star League become rarer, colonies starved due to lack of shipping and the technology was hoarded. In 3028, the Gray Death PMC group discovered a Star League memory core on the planet of Helm. This cache of lost technology was in danger by ComStar and to prevent this, the PMC leader decided to hand out liberally the data on the Helm memory core. This increased the technical understanding of the inner sphere but also allowed for the mecha to be replaced causing more mechs to be fielded for combat. This came in handy when the Clan Invasion began in 3049. Some have related the discovery of the Helm memory core with the invention cotton gin.
The Xenomorphs from the ALIENS Universe
The dark desire to control this aggressive alien species had caused the complete downfall of Earth and its infestation. Even after the recovery of Earth from these creatures, there was something of the aliens that humans wanted enough to spill blood: the Royal Jelly of the Queen. Due to the effects of Royal Jelly on human biology and military applications, The USCM wanted the Grant Corporation's new wonder drug, “Xeno-Zip”, to enhance their soldiers. The only issue was that Grant’s Neo-Pharm company did not have the raw material for the military’s order of Xeno-Zip. Grant had to go to the source…the Xeno homeworld as seen in the ALIENS: Genocide Dark Horse Comic. Again, human factions battled over the raw Royal Jelly on this mission and it continued to be a trafficked material that caused piracy and risky missions to the Xeno homeworld as seen in the excellent Dark Horse comic ALIENS: Hive.
The Remnant Tech from Mass Effect Andromeda
From the ST:TNG episode "The Chase (6x20)"
The City of the Ancients from Stargate Atlantis
Some five to ten million years prior to the events of the Stargate: Atlantis television show, the human-like very advanced alien race, known generally as the Ancients, abandoned the Milky Way to the Pegasus Dwarf Irregular Galaxy (3 million LYs away) due to an Ori plague. The crossing between galaxies was made in the Altantis city-ship that landed on an Earth-like world. From their starting point on the planet of Lantea, the Ancients spread out.
The alien Obelisks from STARCOM: The US Space Force
It was in an underground secret research lab on Mercury that this young scientist took a piece of the Martian Obelisk to study until an explosion rocked the complex, killing many. The young scientist, implanted with alien knowledge, dug his way out and took on a new name and mission. He became an Emperor Dark of the Shadow Empire. His goal was to control the other Obelisk cluster and unlock the alien knowledge and to achieve that, STARCOM needed to be out of the way. Throughout the limited series, the United States Space Force engaged the Shadow Empire for control of the solar system as Emperor Dark hunted down the last of the Obelisks.
The Thirdspace Alien Artifact from TNT TV Movie “Babylon 5: Thirdspace (1998)”
Set during the 4th season of Babylon 5 in 2261, the independent B5 station locates a massive previous unknown alien artifact from the chaos of hyperspace. This T-shaped massive object the subject of the second of the four TNT TV movies, Thirdspace, and one of the best of the four. Inviting themselves to the party, the Terran exoarcheological company IPX asks Captain Sheridan for access to the device. It is during this that the object is revealed to be over a million years old and having an effect on the station.
The origin of the object is Vorlon and it is an advanced form of Jumpgate designed for the Vorlons to find their gods…instead, it opened a portal to “thirdspace” and allowing an advanced alien race, known as the “Harbingers” access to our reality. Possessing technology on the same, if not greater level, to the Vorlons, these Harbingers were a direct, direr threat to the Milky Way. When the device is turned on, the Harbingers come pouring through. A coalition of races battles back the aliens while Sheridan takes a portable nuclear device into the interior of the device and uses it to seal the portal. This piece of ancient, advanced alien technology was the subject of several struggles and battles.
The Iconican Gateway From the ST:TNG episode "The Contagion (2x11)"
When the Iconians were defeated by their enemies, their homeworld was orbital bombed and the gateway networked was disconnected. There were two active gateways found during the 24th century and given the deadly effectiveness of the gateway technology, an invasion of the Federation would be much easier than conventional methods. The first gateway was destroyed by Starfleet to prevent the Romulans from getting their hands on it. The second discovered gateway was taken over by some masterless rebel Jem’Hadar that had raid DS9 for supplies. A joint Starfleet/Dominion strikeforce raided and destroyed the gateway. When the Iconian gateway was discovered in the Gamma Quadrant by the Dominion, it was further than most Federation archeologist had assumed the scope and power of the ancient Iconian Empire had been.
The UFO Recovery Teams from the X-Files Universe
Capture crashed UFO vehicles is a source of technology that far beyond our current engineering understanding and it is understandable that governments would be willing to undertake dangerous missions to seize the alien technology. In the X-Files universe, this black operations job goes to the “blue berets”, the US military’s UFO recovery teams. The blue berets were originally established to recovery US spy plane that crashed in the Soviet Union. Several times in the series, the blue berets have deployed to recovery UFO technology and even EBE samples and prevent anyone else from gaining access to the material. It is believed that there is a real-world black op UFO recovery unit
The Artificials and the Monolith from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R Universe
The Syndicate's Project from The X-Files Universe
One of the key story elements of the glory days of the X-Files is the conspiracy around the shadowy government agencies and the aliens that all culminates in "purity control" that is a fight over alien technology and a coming invasion. The Syndicate, former members of the State Department, was formed in 1973 after the surrender of the US government to the alien colonists. Since then, the Syndicate has been working with the alien colonists to create an alien-human hybrid to serve as slave workers on the subjected Earth. It was also a resistance movement to gain access to alien biological information and technology in order to create a vaccine for the alien Purity or Black Oil that was the essence of the aliens and allowed them to conquer other worlds and races via taking control of the host. The method of transmission for the Black Oil Purity virus to infect the world and bring about colonization was via bees as seen in the X-Files 1997 movie. Attempting to prevent the Earth from being a colony was the rubber-masked like faceless alien rebels.
The Protoculture Matrix from the ROBOTECH Saga
In 1999, during the Global Civil War, a massive alien starship crash-landed on a tiny uninhabited island in South Pacific, known as Macross Island. This event untied the warring factions of Earth under a new United Earth government and preparations were made to possible repel the owners of the space battle fortress known as “the visitor”. What was unknown to the Terrans was what made the SDF-1 special enough to have the Robotech Masters deploy a recovery fleet that scoured the heavens for over 10 years searching for Zor’s vessel. Tucked somewhere deep inside the battle fortress was the critical Protoculture Matrix of the Tirolian Empire that was governed over by “the Masters”.
The acquiring of the Flower of Life from the Invid Queen Mother altered Tirolian society and allowed them to invent the science of Robotechnology and altered the galaxy as we know it. The militarism of the Tirolian Empire via the Protoculture greatly concerned Zor and took the matrix and his personal spacecraft, the SDF-1, to seed new plants with the Flower of Life. The Invid, normal at war with the Masters, located the SDF-1 during a seeding operation, and died at the hands of the Invid, despite Breetai’s valiant efforts. During the battle, Zor sent the SDF-1 on autopilot to Earth, to hide the matrix from the Invid and Masters.
The Tox Uthat from ST:TNG epsiode "Captain's Holiday (3x19)"
The “Trojan Horse” Captured Chig Bomber from SAAB “Hostile Visit”
As the Earth forces pushed deeper into Chig territory and war was still difficult for the humans, the Chigs staged harder strikes at forward Earth units, like the Space Carrier Saratoga. In the 9th episode, a group of Chig bombers attacked the Saratoga and one of the bombers was knocked out allowing for it to be captured intact…something that had never happened in the Chig War. When Colonel McQueen asked for the Chig bomber to be brought onboard, he had a plan.
Until this moment in the war, the Earth forces did not know the base-of-operations for the Chig nor the location of their homeworld. The navigation computers onboard the bomber had the flight plan and a target to strike that brings hope back to the Earth. However, the bomber was from the planet Cerrus in the Kappa Reticuli (a real star system some 70 LYs away from Sol) and this was beyond the range of the ‘toga’s strike aerocraft and McQueen proposed using the bomber as a Trojan horse to put bombs on the Chig home turf. However, the Navy had asked AeroTech to come and break down the ship and unlock its secrets. When the strike mission was approved, AeroTech protested, wiped out some of the data, and packed up and left the carrier. The conflict over the alien technology was not between the original owners, the Chigs, and the Earth forces but two human groups: the Navy and the slimy AeroTech.
The Sol System Alien Ruins from the Heritage Trilogy by Ian Douglas
In the year 2040, the United States deploys 30 Marines to the planet Mars to protect American interests in the alien ruins against the UN mission there. The book centers around who has access to the site, which has the ability to release the information on the discovery of a verified an alien civilization. Throughout the series, there is a contest between the United Nations and the USA over the alien ruins scattered on Europa, Luna, and Mars and the story of the Builders from a half-a-million years ago. For thirty years, the US and her allies battle the UN for control over the course of three novels of the Heritage Trilogy.
The "Swords" of the Ka-Khan from Starchaser: The Legend of Orin
In these mines, our hero finds a jeweled sword that is the subject of myth and legend.When the sword displays holo-message that Orin is to find the blade, defeat evil, and rescue the humans. The sword hilt does generate an invisible blade of great power, like a lightsaber, but not all of the time. It chooses when to work and by whom. The movie never reveals why this is the case, but it is likely that the weapon is spiritual and intelligent...unlike this move. After an interstellar road trip with a Han Solo-like smuggler named Dag, it is revealed that the hilt is a legendary weapon of the guardians of good in the galaxy: the Ka-Khan.
The Conflict over Castle Greyskull and the Power Swords from the Masters of the Universe Reality
The 31st century Time Pod from the ST: ENT Episode “Future Tense (2x16)”
The High Guard Andromeda Ascendant from Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda
The fate of the Systems Commonwealth was decided when the Nietzschean people rebelled at the opening battle of the civil war: Battle of Hephaistos in CY 9784. This also gives us the subject of this example: the Andromeda Ascendant of the Glorious Heritage class heavy cruiser. At the battle, Captain Dylan Hunt attempted to use the natural black hole to slingshot the warship out of the hotzone and into slipspace to warn the High Guard of the Nietzschean rebellion. Before the Than pilot could complete the maneuver, she was killed by Hunt’s Nietzschean XO, damning the Andromeda to fall into the event horizon.
The Elemental Stones from The Fifth Element
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