Could the discovery of a new, potentially Earth like planet in the Goldilocks zone of Proxima Centauri, our closest neighboring star system, spark a new wave of alien invader paranoia as occurred when it was believed possible that Mars had sentient life?
I certainly hope so!
If it leads to more money being spent on space research, exploration and travel, I can live with a little paranoia.
I, for one, welcome our Proximan overlords.
Maybe we would be their overlords. Unlikely I know, looking at our current/presumptive leaderships.
I was thinking primarily in terms of books, comics and movies influence.