"The perceptual limits of our minds. Order is better perceived. Patterns are more easily conceived. Our mind tends to make things easier for us".
I prefer the idea of the alien coming toward the earth. So if we find an alien and be able to communicate we might know what lies ahead of us in our future since it is already past for the alien
"Everything that has ever happened or will happen, it all exists. It depends on our perspective. The distinction btwn PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE ia just a persistent illusion".
** The shaping of events that are yet to happen, though, is based on planning, making choices, taking decisions and fate, if I may add. It's all in our free will.