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Another Stanislaw Lem novel, Fiasco (1986), is about alien life that simply refuses to communicate with us - despite our threats to destroy it if it doesn’t. Only at the end does the protagonist realise that the mounds of earth on the planet are actually the aliens.
Some books suggest aliens avoid contact with some planets until they become more mature. The Small, Still Voice of Trumpets by Lloyd Biggle Jr (1968) is about aliens who try to guide uncivilised planets to develop mature democracy before contacting them.
In Greg Eagle’s novel Quarantine (1992) aliens surround Earth in a force field to prevent us harming others, whilst Terry Bisson’s story They’re Made Out Of Meat (1990) suggests aliens are repulsed by how we look and deliberately avoid us. Looks like we're bad galactic news!
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