With the closure of the Ministry of Defence desk specifically dealing with claimed alien encounters in the UK, we now have no formal department to analyse - or respond to - any potentially legitimate claim. In other words, if E.T. phones home, all he'll get is 'number unobtainable.' But how likely is a call from E.T. in the first place? Well, let me put it this way: I'm not a conspiracy theorist but I do believe in aliens. I also believe in interstellar spaceships and life on other planets. Is this rational? Far from being outlandish, this is the only logical conclusion to draw about the universe and our place in it.
The truth, it would appear, is that we, as humans are fascinated by an end of days scenario. We want to see our world, free from the constraints of everyday life (see London in 28 Days Later, or Day of the Triffids) and we want to know how we will measure up in a new, savage environment, free of repercussions.