What Would Be the Worst Message to Receive From Outer Space? Here’s What People Said.

We haven’t received any messages (that we know of) from outer space YET, but it’s fun to speculate about what aliens or other beings might say to us, right?

And today we’re gonna focus on the scary, the bad, and the horrific.

What would be the worst message to receive from outer space?

Let’s see what folks on AskReddit had to say about this.

1. Uh oh…

“If you are receiving this transmission, it is the regret of our species that we have failed in our attempt to fully protect your developing intelligence. Do not attempt reply.

We recommend you cease all broadcast. Do not attempt reply.

We will attempt contact within 12 cycles if system remains untethered and unmarked. Do not attempt reply.

We recommend immediate and complete submission to any arrivals. Do not attempt reply.

It has been 12 cycles. It is our regret that our species is unable to aide you at this time. We recommend you cease all broadcasts immediately. Do not attempt reply.”

2. Nooooooo!

“Hey, we’re humans too!

How y’all looking on oil and water?”

3. That doesn’t sound good…

“We tried our best.

We are so sorry.”

4. Something is spreading…

“It starts with one star winking out.

Then within a year a couple of its Closest neighbors wink out. In 10 years it can barely seen by the naked eye. In 50 it’s a noticable black patch in the night sky.

Something is spreading and it’s getting closer and we have no way of knowing what the cause is.”

5. Watch the insects.

“We pick up a signal from space.

It is obviously artificial, but humanity can’t understand it.

But Earth insects can. And they begin to respond.”

6. What?!?!

““You have 10.”

10 what? Days? Weeks? Months?


7. We overlooked something…

“I think it would be more terrifying than anything for them to send a message stating their desires to extract their stranded or seeded surveillance team(s), the idea that they are already here and we never knew. That we may have overlooked creatures as being of earth origin and they aren’t.

Similarly I think it’s just as terrifying if they say they must exterminate us for any reason but the kicker I think would be if it’s massively ironic, like hey fireants are a galactic nightmare and because you’re infested with them the whole planets got to be wiped clean.”

8. Panic and desperation.

“A message we can’t comprehend as a language except for its sheer panic and desperation.

Basically, think of like a dog yelping and whining when it’s in pain. We can’t actually understand anything they’re saying, but the sentiment overall is understood.”

9. Time to freak out.

“They’re not stars…

They’re eyes…”

10. Good job!

“Congratulations on establishing your first off-world settlement.

The Intergalactic Federation will now update your Sentient Species Identification to “Early Expansion” and remove all travel restrictions to and from your solar system.”

11. OMG.

“We couldn’t stop them.

They’re coming.

We’re sorry.”

12. Resistance is futile!

“We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own.

Your culture will be assimilated.

Resistance is futile!”

Now it’s your turn!

Tell us what you think about this in the comments.

Thanks a lot!