When they started dropping from the skies.. or no, they landed. They were so similar to us, yet so different. Like nothing we would've ever designed or created - but so much like everything
Eyewitness account, 2 weeks after 'The Event'
For first-encounter project I am working on, my version of humanity is being encountered by aliens from space. They are intended to be not too human-like - because that would be too interesting. But also not too much like the usual bugs.. more like fleshy engineering things.
Their technology is starkly based on biology and chemistry, rather than metallurgy.
For this scene, and really all situations where I have them use the technology in question, they are entering the earth's atmosphere inside huge wart-like lumps of flesh(?) - their version of droppods/dropships.
Q: How to design an organic heat-shield for (re)entry of an earth-like atmosphere?
I have imagined something along the lines of interchanging layers of callus for structure & something to be burned off, and blubber for thermal insulation. But I am by no means a biologist/chemist, and only a hobby-engineer..