Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, industrial engineer, mother of two, and published sci-fi and horror author.
I bought the book “Alien Invasion: The Ultimate Survival Guide for the Ultimate Attack” out of curiosity when a search about alien attacks after NASA listed a job for defending the Earth against aliens showed this book title in the results. As a science fiction author, I considered reading it simply as research for my own writing. This book is truly a mixed bag, equal parts good and bad.
The Strengths of This Book
The authors Dr. Travis Taylor and Dr. Bob Boan argue their points with incredibly detailed analysis. His logical summation is that humanity can only fight an alien invasion if fighting a war of attrition, a tactic that served the Muslim backwater of Afghanistan well (militarily at least) from the British to the Soviet to the U.S. invasions. However, that tactic only works if humans are able to actually grind down the aliens, and it means nothing if we cannot harm them in any meaningful way.
Survival advice he includes in the book from science fiction author John Ringo and others is useful whether you’re thinking about an alien invasion, Yellowstone eruption or other major disaster.
The book seriously plays with the idea that the government is hiding knowledge of aliens, plans to deal with them and even weapons against them – something conspiracy theorists would love – while discussing why it is logical to keep it secret.
The Weaknesses of This Book
The authors need to check their bias. Europeans did not intentionally wipe out everyone everywhere they showed up. Europeans did not invade Africa to take slaves – they bought people who were sold by other African tribes to both Europeans and Arabs. Yet repeatedly it is “evil” European colonialism as the example of what to fear if aliens show up. In a book that frequently mentions the 9-11-01 Islamic terrorist attack while gingerly criticizing Islam, he compares Christians in the Crusades to the slugs in “The Puppet Masters” and has little better to say of the modern version.
Population models that say women have to have 20+ children in a lifetime to keep the human race going relies on quantity but neglects how these women would maintain the quality of the future of the human race. Feminist myths aside, women cannot make and raise 20 children and also maintain physical infrastructure while the men are off fighting and dying.
The authors exaggerate and inflate a number of variations to generate a result from Drake’s Equation that aliens are likely to show up in a human lifetime, that of the reader. The analysis of why we should assume aliens, if they show up, are not friendly or at best neutral, is well reasoned.
This book refers to a few science fiction examples like “Predator”. There is no discussion of what happens if we’re invaded by alien machines, whether terraforming equipment or robot drones. Yet that is more likely than them showing up in space ships that we could damage via nuclear warheads.
For a better idea of what aliens may be like, I recommend reading “What Does a Martian Look Like? The Science of Extraterrestrial Life” as a supplement if not replacement for this book.
How do you get an endorsement by John Ringo? Mention his books multiple times in your own book.
The authors’ desire to prepare the world against any disaster, natural or World War III, is hindered by the incorrect assumptions, exaggerated horrors and severe biases. I give the book three stars simply because the good parts are so great.