Seveneves Quotes

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His name was forgotten. By the time he had gotten his phone out of his pocket, his crater no longer existed. Nor did the moon.
-- Narrator (1: The Age of the One Moon paragraph 3)

Importance: A Utah amateur astronomer observes a dusty patch near the moon's equator, and believes he has witnessed a meteor-strike. His first thought is to capture the moment by blogging about it. This quote displays how deeply Internet culture has absorbed civilization, where real-time events are filtered by technology and only secondarily by thought and emotion.

...one of them could zip through space invisibly and punch all the way through a planet and out the other side. There used to be a theory that the Tunguska event was caused by one, but it's been disproved.
-- Konrad Barth, German astronomer (2: The Seven Sisters paragraph 40)

Importance: Barth—a brilliant astronomer—theorizes a "primordial singularity" (small black hole) might have caused the moon's disintegration. His mentioning of the 1908 Tunguska explosion, where roughly 800 square miles of forest were devastated...

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