Thirteen years ago, an alien civilization visited our planet, and left behind myriad, mysterious materials in their crash sites. These areas, Zones, behave very strangely, but the interplanetary items they contain could change the trajectory of our technological advancement. What appears as a hoop might actually be a perpetual-motion machine. What appears as a slime might alter space-time.
Spend too much time in the Zone and your genes might mutate, your bones might dissolve, your body might be ground into meat. If you’re lucky enough to make it out alive, you’ll likely be imprisoned. But a successful trip in and out of the Zone could alter human history. Do you dare? And for what?
A new interview series from the Santa Fe Institute, Alien Crash Site takes a page from the 1971 Strugatsky Brothers’ novel Roadside Picnic to explore the vast possibility of imagined technologies. Join InterPlanetary Director, Caitlin McShea, as she and a group of intrepid mavericks attempt to understand a variety of alien artifacts.