tired: humanity finally discovers interstellar travel and is inducted into the galactic federation
wired: humanity finally discovers interstellar travel and is inducted into the galactic inter-library loan system
@velexiraptor I remember a short story in which humanity finally discovers interstellar travel and galactic corporation immediately sues humanity for patent infringement. Interstellar tribunal sentences humanity to sell Earth to afford payment.
@velexiraptor I would check out all the alien books so god dang fast
@velexiraptor *puts out an ILL for the hitchhiker's guide*
*many generations pass before the book arrives*
@velexiraptor To a degree, this is John Varley's "The Ophiuchi Hotline"
@velexiraptor inspired: humanity finally discovers interstellar travel and wins galactic nobel prize, since noone else figured it out yet.
@velexiraptor Your book is now available to be picked up at the nearest library branch to you, currently in the TRAPPIST-1 solar system
@velexiraptor as a recovering librarian, I dig this
@anarchiv ok ill bite, "recovering"?
@velexiraptor well I've out of that job for a year and a half but it has left its mark on me. I'll never look at books quite the same as before. it's hard to explain, really.
@velexiraptor In a classic old SciFi short, it's discovered that the extraterrestrial empire is in fact an intergalactic postal union.
I forget if this is Bradbury, Clarke, Asimov, or another.
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