Orson Scott Card
creates a sort of taxonomy
of strangers in the book Speaker for the Dead
, which is part of the Ender's Game
series. The categories of strangers are as follows:
- Utlanning: the stranger that we recognize as being a human of our world, but of another city or country.
- Framling: the stranger that we recognize as human, but of another world.
- Ramen: the stranger that we recognize as human, but of another species. This categorization would apply to most of the aliens onboard the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Worf, for example, has many human characteristics but is clearly a different species altogether.
- Varelse: the stranger that is not human. This category would apply to the alien in almost any horror film, such as the movie Alien.