Alien space bats

I’ve been playing this game for 10 years but only now found out that “Alien space bats” is actually an old usenet trope for implausible alternate histories: Alien space bats - Wikipedia

I wonder if there was an early creative moment way back when Alexis Kennedy was like “I need an alien-space-bat sort of entity… or hey, maybe I’ll just use actual alien space bats!!” :stuck_out_tongue: