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YASID: Environmental preservation and fake alien invasion
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Joel Polowin
2021-06-06 16:38:50 UTC
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Passing along a YASID request from elsewhere
(https://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/016649.html#4423361):
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Hey, got an AKICIML question, short story division: There was a short
story that appeared in, it feels like OMNI? Back in the early-mid '80s?

The premise was a group of guys who were trying to come up with a way to
get The Powers That Be on board with environmental preservation.

So they came up with this fake "alien invasion" plot, and that's where
all the polution & stuff was coming from, because the "aliens" planet
had an atmosphere heavy in [sulphur]. The story centered around their
interactions with a couple of [CEOs], and the one scene that's really
vivid in my mind is where they had their target of the moment examining
a "human corpse" which was actually a practical effect put together by
their effects guy, and while the CEO is leaning over it looking at it
really closely, it splits open to reveal the "alien" inside.

Title & author?
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Andrew Love
2021-06-06 17:18:56 UTC
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Passing along a YASID request from elsewhere
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Hey, got an AKICIML question, short story division: There was a short
story that appeared in, it feels like OMNI? Back in the early-mid '80s?
The premise was a group of guys who were trying to come up with a way to
get The Powers That Be on board with environmental preservation.
So they came up with this fake "alien invasion" plot, and that's where
all the polution & stuff was coming from, because the "aliens" planet
had an atmosphere heavy in [sulphur]. The story centered around their
interactions with a couple of [CEOs], and the one scene that's really
vivid in my mind is where they had their target of the moment examining
a "human corpse" which was actually a practical effect put together by
their effects guy, and while the CEO is leaning over it looking at it
really closely, it splits open to reveal the "alien" inside.
Title & author?
"Occam's Scalpel" by Sturgeon https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/110564/looking-for-the-name-of-a-short-story-about-a-fake-alien-autopsy-used-to-change
Kevrob
2021-06-06 22:29:27 UTC
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Post by Joel Polowin
Passing along a YASID request from elsewhere
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Hey, got an AKICIML question, short story division: There was a short
story that appeared in, it feels like OMNI? Back in the early-mid '80s?
The premise was a group of guys who were trying to come up with a way to
get The Powers That Be on board with environmental preservation.
So they came up with this fake "alien invasion" plot, and that's where
all the polution & stuff was coming from, because the "aliens" planet
had an atmosphere heavy in [sulphur]. The story centered around their
interactions with a couple of [CEOs], and the one scene that's really
vivid in my mind is where they had their target of the moment examining
a "human corpse" which was actually a practical effect put together by
their effects guy, and while the CEO is leaning over it looking at it
really closely, it splits open to reveal the "alien" inside.
Title & author?
"Occam's Scalpel" by Sturgeon https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/110564/looking-for-the-name-of-a-short-story-about-a-fake-alien-autopsy-used-to-change
Sturgeon had used the "unite against fake alien threat" idea before,
in "Unite and Conquer." (1948, Astounding SF)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Architects_of_Fear#Precursors
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Dorothy J Heydt
2021-06-06 18:37:30 UTC
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Passing along a YASID request from elsewhere
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Hey, got an AKICIML question, short story division: There was a short
story that appeared in, it feels like OMNI? Back in the early-mid '80s?
The premise was a group of guys who were trying to come up with a way to
get The Powers That Be on board with environmental preservation.
So they came up with this fake "alien invasion" plot, and that's where
all the polution & stuff was coming from, because the "aliens" planet
had an atmosphere heavy in [sulphur]. The story centered around their
interactions with a couple of [CEOs], and the one scene that's really
vivid in my mind is where they had their target of the moment examining
a "human corpse" which was actually a practical effect put together by
their effects guy, and while the CEO is leaning over it looking at it
really closely, it splits open to reveal the "alien" inside.
Title & author?
Damfino, but that's a really cool special effect.
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djheydt at gmail dot com
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