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162 pages, Kindle Edition
First published January 1, 1964
"How many extraordinary phenomena like this, so foreign to human comprehension, might lie concealed in space? Do we need to travel everywhere, bringing destructive power on our ships, so as to smash anything that runs counter to our understanding?"
Man -- he saw in a flash of insight -- had not yet reached the true pinnacle; he had not yet appropriated that galactocentric idea, praised since antiquity, whose real meaning could not consist in searching only for similar beings and learning to understand them, but rather in refraining from interfering with alien, non-human affairs. Conquer the void, of course; why not? but don't attack what already is, that which in the course of millions of years has achieved a balanced existence of its own, independent, not subject to anyone or anything, except the forces of radiation and matter -- an active existence, neither better nor worse than the existence of the amino-acid compounds we call animals or human beings (146).
Horpach took off his coat. Underneath he was wearing trousers and a net undershirt (151).
...now his desire was no longer merely to return and report what he had found out about their companions' deaths, but to request that this planet be left alone in the future.. Not everywhere had everything been intended for us, he thought as he slowly descended (182).
There it towered, majestic as ever in its motionless grandeur -- as if it were indeed invincible (187).