"And that’s just what he did, until the day six months later when a systems failure caused the Intrepid to plow into a small asteroid, vaporizing the ship and killing everyone on board instantly. […] No, no, I’m just fucking with you. They all lived happily ever after. Seriously." I wish I could say this […]
Innovation can’t happen without accepting the risk that it might fail. The vast and radical innovations of the mid-20th century took place in a world that, in retrospect, looks insanely dangerous and unstable. Possible outcomes that the modern mind identifies as serious risks might not have been taken seriously—supposing they were noticed at all—by people […]
Division by Zero. Fantastic short story by Ted Chiang. Instapaper for later.