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    The aliens will be speaking with an Austrian accent

    As the secretary general of the United Nations at the time, a certain Kurt Waldheim was tasked with recording a message to whoever might get hold of the Voyager probes.

    Here's it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrCaPuQn4_Q

    Given this, why isn't it a standard trope of SciFi that the aliens speak with that accent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jokodo View Post
    As the secretary general of the United Nations at the time, a certain Kurt Waldheim was tasked with recording a message to whoever might get hold of the Voyager probes.

    Here's it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrCaPuQn4_Q

    Given this, why isn't it a standard trope of SciFi that the aliens speak with that accent?
    The real launch of pop sci-fi was in the 50's. Do you really think Hollywood would put the voice of the friendly aliens as a COMMUNIST one? no way.

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    Do Australians speak English or do they speak Australian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    Do Australians speak English or do they speak Australian?
    No, they speak German.

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    The French insist that there should be a Frenchman in the crew of any manned deep space mission as an interpreter just in case the mission runs into intelligent aliens. Is it legal to speak French with an Austrian accent?... Is it even possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    Do Australians speak English or do they speak Australian?
    Australians speak English (and a few hundred other languages). Kurt Waldheim wasn't however Australian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jokodo View Post
    As the secretary general of the United Nations at the time, a certain Kurt Waldheim was tasked with recording a message to whoever might get hold of the Voyager probes.

    Here's it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrCaPuQn4_Q

    Given this, why isn't it a standard trope of SciFi that the aliens speak with that accent?
    The real launch of pop sci-fi was in the 50's. Do you really think Hollywood would put the voice of the friendly aliens as a COMMUNIST one? no way.
    How many large audience sci-fi movies where there in the 50s?

    And what's communist about a conservative Austrian politician with a Nazi past?

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    Is Austria the one with the cuckoo clocks or the meatballs? So confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    Is Austria the one with the cuckoo clocks or the meatballs? So confused.
    The one with the kangoroos. Cuckoo clocks are communist, don't you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jokodo View Post

    Australians speak English (and a few hundred other languages). Kurt Waldheim wasn't however Australian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Nut View Post

    The real launch of pop sci-fi was in the 50's. Do you really think Hollywood would put the voice of the friendly aliens as a COMMUNIST one? no way.
    How many large audience sci-fi movies where there in the 50s?
    206. I'll leave it to you to look up how many there were in other decades and provide a statistical analysis. It's common knowledge (to the scifi knowledgeable) that the 1950's were the boon in SciFi, and more specifically, alien invader movies. You should really be able to guess why that is - It's not a big secret
    And what's communist about a conservative Austrian politician with a Nazi past?
    Anything remotely Slavic sounding is "communist" in the 1950's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Nut View Post
    206. I'll leave it to you to look up how many there were in other decades and provide a statistical analysis. It's common knowledge (to the scifi knowledgeable) that the 1950's were the boon in SciFi, and more specifically, alien invader movies. You should really be able to guess why that is - It's not a big secret
    And what's communist about a conservative Austrian politician with a Nazi past?
    Anything remotely Slavic sounding is "communist" in the 1950's.
    In the 1950s, there were no voyager probes, no golden record, no "it is with humility that we make this step" spoken in Waldheim's accent. You don't expect it to show up as a trope in scifi before it was a thing in science.

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