m. werneburg, 2000
I've got rather a lot to say about fiction, but first let me share a short story about space exploration and aliens.
This is a tale in which an ambassador from an alien culture turns out to be something other than he might appear.
(In which I leave the final word to someone else.)
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
--Antoine de Saint Exupery