It was too Sirius.
Today, I had my first geology lecture of the year. And, as all the best geology classes do, our class started learning about the universe. After all, how can we study the Earth properly without knowing where it came from?
If you've never read anything about cosmology, I'd recommend it here.There is some pretty fascinating stuff out there in the galaxy, more than we can possibly understand - which is part of why science fiction is so powerful.
I'm not claiming to be a great source of information on writing science fiction (READ: I KNOW NOTHING) I have some amount of experience reading science fiction but almost no experience writing it. I've never considered myself knowledgeable enough about any type of science to write about it, and I enjoy science fiction stories based largely on science more than 'adventures in space' stories. (Though both can be excellent.)
However, when I see something like this...
suddenly I'm ready to abandon my WIP and write science fiction for the rest of my days. That video is a tour through the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, hundreds of thousands of galaxies - and only those within 1.3 billion light years of Earth. Take a minute to watch the video, I strongly recommend it, then take some time to wonder: how can we really believe we're alone in the universe?