“I mean, in your anecdote about the two guys arguing over expenditures on the space program.”
Professor James is the most imperturbable man in the world.
But this other fellow had him really agitated.
The guy was practically calling SETI diabolical—the work of the devil or something.
Turns out that they’re both like total baseball freaks. So Simon rattles off a long funny monologue about Babe Ruth.
It’s always different, but he always knows exactly what stratagems to use to bring people together and make them forget any animosities they might have.
If it seems like there’s no coherence to the discussion, he picks a few threads out of all of these complex, meandering discussions and pulls them together.
They represent the elite of just about every field of human knowledge
We have very carefully selected the men and women we believed to be in a position to be the catalysts for a major change of direction in the course of humanity.
She had already divulged far more than she had intended to.
“But aren’t you sometimes a little intimidated by all these big name academics?”
There is so much beneficence and gentleness in her.
Jaz looked at Xela in the way a very pretty girl looks at a woman who is so surpassingly gorgeous that she seems like a goddess visiting Earth—with awe that such beauty exists.
But Jaz did not feel the slightest tinge of jealousy.
She felt again that wonderful composure, and something that she could only describe as love.
“But I guess ‘woman-to-woman’ would be more correct these days, at least according to the dictates of political correctness.”
“As always with me and Simon, Axel was somehow inextricably linked to us.”
“It must be your karma,” Xela said.
I mean, maybe the three of you were somehow linked in your previous incarnations.
“Axel is like this recurring motif in our lives, isn’t he?”