|Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
– Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
|Human society is organized for a stable earth: its whole machinery supposes that while the other familiar elements of air and water are fluctuating and trustworthy, the earth affords a foundation which is firm. Now and then this implied compact with nature is broken, and the ground trembles beneath our feet. At such times we feel a painful sense of shipwrecked confidence: we learn how very precious to us was that trust in the earth which we gave without question.
– Nathaniel Southgate Shaler (1841-1906)