Printed: 2020-08-08

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Short story: The Overview Effect

Marcelo Rinesi

Adversarial Metanoia

January 06, 2020

Blue and white. Some browns. Some green. Ever since humans could, seeing Earth from above was a source of awe. Perhaps what cathedrals had been scale models of.

Nowadays astronauts are trained not to look at it. In half of them it causes psychological distress before the mission is over. Back on the planet suicide is far from rare.

Don’t look down, they are told. No matter how tempted.

Blue and white. Some browns.

Marcelo Rinesi is the IEET's Chief Technology Officer, and former Assistant Director. He is also a freelance Data Intelligence Analyst.


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