New responses to the alien question are made possible by the creation of independent space exploration programs, from the refusal to accept the state's monopoly on space travel and the creation of a world-wide network of local, community-based groups established as the Association of Autonomous Astronauts. We desire to doubt everything and realise that an alien invasion, just like "the apocalypse" (that other great historical swindle) happens everyday, and doesn't need to be supplied by a Hollywood special effects team. This alien invasion is the sinister dance of death that is war, torture, tyranny, disaster, sickness, boredom, and guilt. It is the fate reserved for us by the slaves of death culture. The Association of Autonomous Astronauts know that the only way to find out about aliens is to build our own space ships and investigate for ourselves.