The Australian breathlessly informs us that:
The UN is to appoint an astrophysicist to be the first contact for any aliens …
Mazlan Othman will describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.
But Matthew Weaver at the Guardian has spoiled the fun by contacting Othman:
Finally an email from Othman herself would have prompted our Martian to trudge back to his spaceship. “It sounds really cool but I have to deny it,” she said of the story. She will be attending a conference next week, but she’ll be talking about how the world deals with “near-Earth objects”.
So who wrote this entertaining fantasy that appeared in The Australian? Regular readers will already have guessed.
Hat tip: Jennifer Welsh.