Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Well Said: Aliens and working at a fevered pitch

What you need to know before reading this: Gwedif is an alien. The narrator is human.
Gwedif pulled up to me as we walked. "I wish we had more time," he said. "This happened with Carl too. Barely time for introductions, and then off to decide the fate of our peoples. If nthing else, we've learned that you humans thrive on crisis."

"Anything worth doing is worth doing at a fevered pitch," I said.

"I don't know about that," Gwedif said. "I think the first place I'll go when I visit your planet—really visit your planet, I mean, not that little trip I took earlier—I think I'll go visit a monastery. Those people seem to have the right idea. Slow meditative spiritual contemplation."

"I think most of the monasteries these days are either making chant CDs or boutique wines," I said.

"Really?" Gwedif said. "Well, hell. What is it with you people?"
John Scalzi, Agent to the Stars
Scott and I recorded our discussion last night which will come out this week at A Good Story is Hard to Find.

I forgot to mention this bit. And I loved it. So here you go. An appetizer.

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