An Interest In Ants

“There’s no difference,” Natasha was saying, “between belief in a ‘supreme intelligence’ and the faddish interest in aliens from other galaxies.”

Someone protested. “Statistically there has to be life in other galaxies.”

“But they’re not visiting us,” Natasha said.

“How would we know?” It was Kolya; who else? “If they have achieved intergalactic flight, then they certainly have the ability to disguise themselves.”

“Why would they come to visit us?” she demanded.

“To see scientific socialism in action,” Kolya said, and drew some approving murmurs around the cafeteria, though to Arkady the idea was the equivalent of walking around the world to see an anthill.

—Martin Cruz Smith, Polar Star

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5 Responses to “An Interest In Ants”


  1. 1 Elva April 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Do you have a problem with ants in your new home?

  2. 3 possum April 16, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Humankind has a pretty inflated idea of itself in even considering an alien species able to travel to Earth would do for any good reason. What is interesting enough about us to make that trek likely?

    • 4 bluenred April 16, 2012 at 7:05 am

      Scientific socialism, of course. ; )

      • 5 possum April 17, 2012 at 4:48 am

        The science of socialism is pretty weak in Possum Valley. Maybe there are places where the understanding runs deeper. Us marsupials have trouble grasping the thought of science and socialism in the same sentence.


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