- " The alien was nearly all the way out of the space vehicle now. It was a biped, with arms and general body lines that showed man's configurations. Sherman wondered what it looked like under the hood, whether it could utter sounds that were at all comprehensible. / "Hey," said the alien in perfect English. "Hello. Where am I?" / It took several steps towards them. Sherman, Martha and his mother slowly retreated before it. / "Excuse me," the creature said. "Who are you? Where am I? is this Hill Valley?" "
- — From Back to the Future by George Gipe (quote, page 73)
On November 5, 1955, Sherman and his family woke up to a crash in the yard of their ranch. As they investigated the barn, they saw what they believed to be a "space zombie" emerging from a spacecraft; Sherman had convinced them that it was an alien using his comic book as proof).
In truth, the "space zombie" was actually Marty McFly, clad in a radiation suit, in the DeLorean time machine, but Sherman's father, Otis believed the 'invader' to be intending to enslave them all — mainly his wife, Elsie — and repeatedly attempted to shoot the fleeing trespasser.
Behind the scenes
- The space zombie is not to be confused with the alien featured in George McFly's 1985 novel A Match Made in Space or the movie of the same name.