This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: “At the time, no one knew what was coming.”
“Right. And after you do something like that, the everyday look of things might seem to change a little. Things may look different to you than they did before. I’ve had that experience myself. But don’t let appearances fool you. There’s always only one reality.”
As she listened to the long recorded applause, it sounded less like applause and more like an endless Martian sandstorm.
Reality was utterly coolheaded and utterly lonely.