Hello everyone! I hope you all are good and safe! Today I should write a review, but I am not in the right mood so I decided to share with you the beginning of the last book I have read, and loved, because it is just brilliant. And beautiful things are made to be shared, right??
“Once upon a time on a small, watery, excitable planet called Earth, in a small, watery, excitable country called Italy, a soft-spoken, rather nice-looking gentleman by the name of Enrico Fermi was born into a family so overprotective that he felt compelled to invent the atomic bomb.*
Somewhere in between discovering various heretofore crippling socially anxious particles and transuranic elements and digging through plutonium to find the treat at the bottom of the nuclear box, he found the time to consider what would come to be known as the Fermi Paradox. If you’ve never heard this catchy little jingle before, here’s how it goes: given that there are billions of stars in the galaxy quite similar to our good old familiar standby sun, and that many of them are quite a bit further on in years than the big yellow lady, and the probability that some of these stars will have planets quite similar to our good familiar knockabout Earth, and that such planets, if they can support life, have a high likelihood of getting around to it sooner or later, then someone out there should have sorted out interstellar travel by now, and therefore, even at the absurdly primitive crawl of early-1940s propulsion, the entire Milky Way could be colonized in only a few million years.
So where is everybody?”
*When I read this first sentence I stopped the reading and went in search of my boyfriend (ok, I don’t live in a castle, sadly, so I just went in the other room, but this is just a minor detail!), stopped what he was doing and translated this part to him too, because it was just too good to keep it all for myself. (And I don’t know how it is for you, but if you are Italian you can understand poor Fermi all too well sometimes!).
Anyway, this is all for today! I know, it is not much but I hope you would enjoy this small bite.
What about you? Have you read this book? Or what do you think of this incipit? Let me know!