I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the person who introduced me to Alan Moore’s work. He’s a genius, a mystic, a curmudgeon, a gadfly, and a hell of a writer, Youdopia. I’ve written of him before.
He recently was given an opportunity to speak to the universe, as in a broadcast sent directly into the void. BBC Radio 6 sends messages into space regularly, and this week it was Alan’s turn. This is what he sent:
Yeah, Hello? Uh, if you’re there pick up, okay listen it’s Alan calling, Alan from Earth. You probably don’t remember, it’s over in the western spiral of the Milky Way although obviously you might have named it after a completely different brand of chocolate. Basically just find the Oort Cloud and ask for directions from there. Anyway just calling to catch up. We’re doing alright with the carbon base lifeform thing. Kids are diversifying nicely, going through a bit of a fad for spines and brains at the minute but it’s probably the same where you are. Well, that’s about it really, we just hadn’t heard from you in a while, like when we killed Michael Rennie or Klaatu, as you knew him in The Day The Earth Stood Still. So if you received this, get in touch, but actually thinking about it, don’t bother calling after about, what, 2150, because I’m not expecting anyone to be in. Oh and I’m sending this song along it’s called God Song by Robert Wyatt. I hope you like it. And that you don’t communicate through perfume or minor variations in your sense of balance or something. Okay, you take care and I’ll talk to you soon. Love you, Bye.