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Dr. Libby Fields was a ufologist and author of Not This Planet.


Fields appeared as a guest panelist on George Putnam's news program during the first day of the aliens' arrival in the War of 1996. He expressed his (accurate) belief and fear that the aliens came for malevolent intentions; in which he points out their vessels strategically positioning themselves over the world's major cities and their lack of response to communicate with humanity. Fields speculated the reason why the aliens are not responding to humanity's attempts to communicate with them is because they viewed humans technologically inferior beings that do not matter to them.

Fields also appeared on Hal McGintess' show and debated against Hartmut Engel, who believed the aliens came for peaceful intentions. He gives his warnings to the viewers that humanity must have contingency plans for the worst possible scenario.


Memorable Quotes[]

"If we're talking about happy, friendly, little green men-style aliens with big eyes and friendly smiles then we don't have anything to worry about. Their fingers would glow, they'll cure cancer and life would go on. On the other hand, if we're talking about slimy, multi-mouths, let's-turn-human-being-into-incubation-chambers-style aliens and we, ah, we still don't have anything to worry about."
Dr. Fields
"You want to know why they haven't respond to any of our radio transmissions? It's we don't matter. We're not part of the equation. Responding to our message would be like us starting diplomatic relations with the ants."
Dr. Fields

Behind the Scenes[]

  • Libby Fields appears in the "Monitor Earth Broadcasts" special feature of Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition.
  • Fields' "diplomatic relations with the ants" analogy is similar to a line from H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, in which a character states about the Martian conflict: "It never was a war, any more than there’s a war between men and ants."