The image of an alien in the form of a small grey man with grey skin, an excessively large head, and huge eyes has become a common name and firmly entered popular culture. So, it depicted aliens in hundreds of films, comics, computer games. In addition, this is exactly what ufologists describe in most cases with aliens. Where did Grey Alien image come from?
The exact origin of the image of the Grey is fairly easy to trace. The first similar description was made by English science fiction writer Herbert Wells. In his article, “The Man of the Year Million,” he suggested that in a million years, humans would evolve into a new race of grey-skinned humanoids about one meter tall, with large heads and black oval eyes.
Then, in his book, “The First Men on the Moon” (1901), Wells described the inhabitants of the Moon as short creatures with grey skin, large heads, and large black eyes. Wells also described similar creatures in the novel “War of the Worlds” (1898).
After that, stories with big-headed and big-eyed aliens became widespread among authors of fiction of the early 20th century.
The Grey archetype truly entrenched in the mass consciousness after the story of the abduction of Betty and Barney Hill in 1965. They claimed that they had been abducted by aliens from a third planet in the Zeta Reticuli system.
This story became a big sensation in the USA and did not leave the pages of newspapers for a very long time. Although neither Betty nor Barney Hill provided detailed descriptions of the appearances of the creatures who allegedly abducted them, they generally used drawings of humanoid creatures with a large head and huge eyes to illustrate newspaper publications about these abductions.
Steven Spielberg, who also used the image of the Grey in his film, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” also had a hand in shaping the image. In the same year, creatures very similar to the Grey appeared in Star Wars.
After that, the image of Grey finally became a stereotype and firmly entered popular culture. The Grey appeared in almost all television series related to aliens.
So, the Grey appeared in the series “The X-Files,” “Dark Skies,” “SG-1 Stargate,” “Babylon 5,” as well as in many films and computer games.