Sirens of Titan

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Where has this book been all my life? Satire existentialism in space -where would Douglas Adams be without this book! Can't stress how awesome it is.

Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty-three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules ??? and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress.

A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.


This seems relevant today:

The state of mind on Earth with regard to space exploration was much like the state of mind in Europe with regard to exploration of the Atlantic before Christopher Columbus set out. There were these important differences, however: the monsters between space explorers and their goals were not imaginary, but numerous, hideous, various, and uniformly cataclysmic; the cost of even a small expedition was enough to ruin most nations; and it was a virtual certainty that no expedition could increase the wealth of its sponsors. In short, on the basis of horse sense and the best scientific information, there was nothing good to be said for the exploration of space.

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