zero gravity

“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a woman with a microscope might scrutinise the acids and sugars that swirl and shine in a droplet from her wine glass.”

“In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul. First off she uncorked a bottle of wine”

“Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. There are doubtlessly even more ghosts standing behind every woman now alive, so please tell the living ones to put their feet up and have a nice glass of wine, while you do the dishes.”

With apologies to fans of H.G.Wells. Frank Herbert and Arthur C Clarke.

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