Everyone who has been thinking about extraterrestrials for five minutes straight without involving fantasies of abduction has certainly wondered “why don’t we see any signs of them?” Estimations say that it’d be within reason to expect thousands of civilizations in the Milky Way. Then why don’t they speak to us? Of course people haven’t been idle coming up with explanations.
Explanations cover the whole range from our calculations being wrong, to all civilizations self-destructing when they get pretty advanced, to humans not being smart enough to understand. Yet, in this irresistible short story, sci-fi author Terry Bisson added a new perspective.