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This Day in Science Fiction History: 17 July

Fictional Entry—Saturday, July 17, 1999

An unknown object appeared suddenly above Earth, entered the atmosphere, and streaked across the sky. The resulting shockwave from the object was so strong it toppled skyscrapers in several cities. Eventually, it crashed on South Ataria Island the southernmost tip of the Ogasawara Islands in the North Pacific Ocean.

Wreckage of alien warship on South Ataria Island in 1999
Wreckage of alien warship on South Ataria Island in 1999 (© Harmony Gold 1985)

Military aircraft from the Japanese Self-Defense Force were sent to investigate the impact site. The observers were shocked to discover the wreckage of a huge spaceship of unknown origin. Soon after, a group of engineers and scientists from around the world arrived to begin examining the nearly three-quarters of a mile wreckage. There were no bodies of the original alien crew found, though the size of the living quarters and furniture made it clear the aliens were much larger than humans and potentially similarly shaped. The uncontrolled descent and subsequent crash had heavily damaged the armored hull but much of the ship's internal structure and systems remained intact. Additional data recovered from the ship revealed its original purpose had been as a warship with weapons well beyond current human capabilities. The threat of extra-terrestrial military conquest indicated by the new information led to the formation of the first world government. The group who were continuing their investigation of the crash determined the ship was still intact enough to be repaired using a combination of Earth know-how and new technologies scavenged from the ship itself. The new world government immediately funded a project to restore the alien vessel. The ship would eventually be christened Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross (SDF-1 Macross).

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This Day in Science Fiction History examines notable events, real and fictional, concerning fantasy and science fiction in various media.

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