Last-Minute Message For a Time CapsuleI have to tell you this, whoever you are: that on one summer morning here, the oceanpounded in on tumbledown breakers,a south wind, bustling along the shore, whipped the froth into little rainbows, and a reckless gull swept down the beachas if to fly were everything it needed.I thought of your hovering saucers, looking for clues, and I wanted to write this down, so it wouldn't be lost forever - -that once upon a time we hadmeadows here, and astonishing things, swans and frogs and luna mothsand blue skies that could stagger your heart. We could have had them still, and welcomed you to earth, butwe also had the righteous oneswho worshipped the True Faith, and Holy War. When you go home to your shining galaxy, say that what you learnedfrom this dead and barren place isto beware the righteous ones.
The problem with ID, of course, is that it leaves open the possibility that the intelligence behind nature may have a moral interest in us, having communicated already with humanity in the past, and might try to boss you around in your private affairs. With hypothetical advanced aliens residing at a safely distant address in the hypothetical multiverse, that is - to the relief of folks like Gribbin, Dawkins and the - manifestly not the case.
He struck his temples with his fists and screamed: 'Haven't you ever seen a goddam DC converter? You can get them at Radio Shack for three bucks! Are you seriously trying to tell me you couldn't have made a simple DC converter when you can make your tractor fly and your typewriter run on telepathy? Are you?'Nobody thought of it!' she screamed suddenly.
[O]ver the years I travelled to another universe. However alert we are, however much we think we know what will happen, antiquity remains an unknown, unanticipated galaxy. It is alien, and old people are a separate form of life. They have green skin, with two heads that sprout antennae. They can be pleasant, they can be annoying--in the supermarket, these old ladies won't get out of my way--but most important they are permanently other. When we turn eighty, we understand that we are extraterrestrial. If we forget for a moment that we are old, we are reminded when we try to stand up, or when we encounter someone young, who appears to observe green skin, extra heads, and protuberances.
Captain Smek himself appeared on television for an official speech to humankind. [..] 'Noble Savages of Earth,' he said. 'Long time we have tried to live together in peace.' (It had been five months.) 'Long time have the Boov suffered under the hostileness and intolerableness of you people. With sad hearts I now concede that Boov and humans will never to exist as one.' I remember being really excited at this point. Could I possibly be hearing right? Were the Boov about to leave? I was so stupid.'And so now I generously grant you Human Preserves - gifts of land that will be for humans forever, never to be taken away again, now.' [..] So that's when we Americans were given Florida. One state for three hundred million people. There were going to be some serious lines for the bathrooms.