Humans are capable of immense greatness and largeness of spirit — but we can also be total horrible bastards, sometimes. And science fiction is full of stories where we terrorize and mistreat innocent creatures. Here are the 10 best stories where humans are the villains.
Top image: The Day The Earth Stood Still.
1) The Things by Peter Watts
In this short story, Peter Watts retells Peter Campbell’s “Who Goes There” (which was made into John Carpenter’s The Thing) from the perspective of the alien. We see the alien become the people who discovered it, we learn its tragic backstory, and feel its sadness when it sees its wrecked ship. This creature doesn’t understand humans, or their instinct towards violence. At one point in the story it wonders “Why even dig me up? Why carve me from the ice, carry me all that way across the wastes, bring me back to life only to attack me the moment I awoke? If eradication was the goal, why not just kill me where I lay?”