Where did the gray aliens come from?

(ORDO NEWS) — The image of an alien in the form of a small gray man with gray skin, an exorbitant large head and huge eyes has become a household name and has firmly entered popular culture. This is how aliens were portrayed in hundreds of films, comics, computer games. In addition, this is how ufologists describe aliens in most cases. Where did this image come from? Let’s figure it out together.

The exact origin of the Gray image is fairly easy to trace. The first similar description was made by the English science fiction writer Herbert Wells.

In the article “Man of the Millionth Year”, he made the assumption that in a million years people will evolve into a new race of gray-skinned humanoids about a meter tall, with large heads and black oval eyes.

Then, in his book The First Men in the Moon (1901), Wells describes the inhabitants of the Moon as short creatures with gray skin, large heads and large black eyes. Wells also described similar creatures in the novel The War of the Worlds (1898).

After that, stories with big-headed and big-eyed aliens became widespread among science fiction writers of the early 20th century.

The Gray archetype really took root in the mass consciousness after the story of the abduction of Betty and Barney Hills in 1965, who, according to them, were abducted by aliens from the third planet in the Zeta Reticuli system.

This story became a big sensation in the USA and did not leave the pages of newspapers for a very long time.

Although neither Betty nor Barney Hill gave detailed descriptions of the appearance of the creatures that allegedly abducted them, drawings depicting humanoid creatures with large heads and huge eyes were usually used to illustrate newspaper publications about these abductions.

Steven Spielberg, who also used the image of the Grays in his film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, also had a hand in shaping the image. In the same year, creatures very similar to the Grays appeared in Star Wars.

After that, the image of the Grays finally became a stereotype and firmly entered popular culture. The Grays have appeared in almost every television series dealing with aliens.

So the Grays appeared in the series The X-Files, Dark Skies, Falling Skies, Stargate SG-1, Babylon 5, as well as in many films and computer games.

It must be said that over many decades of the development of science fiction, writers have come up with many images of aliens, but it was the image of the Grays invented by Wells that was fixed in the mass consciousness and became stereotypical.


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