I’m on a bit of a Stargate marathon at the moment, working my way through the 10 series box set in conjunction with the Stargate Atlantis series. It seems to me that we are still colonists at heart. Even in fiction it is frightening that, despite lip service to being peaceful visitors, and not interfering with other cultures, there is still a basic sense of human ‘superiority’ that has no basis in reality. I fear that we are still the ‘civilisers’ who destroyed cultures in the Americas and Australia because we know best – and hope that we never discover life elsewhere in the galaxy. Fiction holds a mirror to reality and I don’t believe we would be good neighbours.