How were the Zortixians going to introduce themselves to Earthlings? Only a small percentage of Earthlings believed there was life on another planet. It had only been recently that Earthlings landed on that dump of a planet The Moon! The mutants were perhaps theoretically the best allies the Zortixians had to introduce Earthlings to Zortixians. However mutants were seen with distrust and suspicion by Earthling established institutions so would lack credibility. The poor mutants might be taken for raving lunatics and possibly be carted away to mental institutions.
The fact Zortixians had a humanoid body might be problematic. Weened on weird science fiction books and visual productions Earthlings had the impression non-Earthlings were little green aliens or bizarre creatures with enormous heads. If Zortixians visited Earth there was a danger they would be locked up and used in scientific experiments. Squid suggested perhaps the Zortixians should send a large fleet of ships to major Earthling cities and convince politicians and citizenry Zortixians did in fact exist. The Zortixian craft were like the Earthling DC-10’s and Earthlings were under the impression aliens flew about in flying saucers! Although the Zortixian Legislative Assembly and Zortixian pre-mayor Frizzy the Smicket Boy favoured this plan it was the great Zortixian scholar Muddle Fumble who dissuaded the Zortixians from their “rash plan”. He said in the halls of the Assembly, “The minute our fleet penetrates their atmosphere we will be perceived as an enemy of some sort and goodness knows our penetrating the Earth’s atmosphere could initiate a nuclear war. We really don’t want the responsibility for wiping out a planet we seek to establish diplomatic relationships with! Let’s assume we land unmolested what will happen to us. We might be treated shabbily as Earthling mutants are. If Earthlings start believing in us the powers to be might consider it as a form of insanity and imprison the believers in huge mental camps. Our crews have better things to do than being used as experiments by mad scientists! And if any of our ships are captured it is possible Earthlings will try and decipher our advanced technology and use it to conquer other countries. I think then there must be a sensible alternative and that is to let some friendly Earthlings agitate on our behalf for a few months to “soften up” the Earthlings and then we can talk about visiting Earth en masse. This is not to say we can’t visit in small groups so as not to overwhelm the Earthlings. We should establish an Earthling liaison committee. We can prepare booklets explaining our society and history so the Earthling community can learn about us. We keep it short and sweet with lots of pictures as most Earthlings have short attention spans. Let us not be too rash!”