The Fermi Paradox

The Fermi Paradox options also make for great storyline possibilities don’t you think?

Nicholas C. Rossis

Have you heard of the Fermi Paradox? Named after physicist Enrico Fermi, is an argument explored by him and physicist Michael H. Hart. At its most basic, it goes like this: if we, humanity, have started our attempts at space travel in the past century and are now already exploring the far edges of our solar system, and with billions of Earth-like planets in the universe, how is it that we haven’t yet encountered any aliens?

Bluesat recently shared an infographic created by Jaime Trosper of “From Quarks to Quasars.” It includes some of the most popular answers to the Fermi Paradox, in an easy-to-remember way that can serve as a great writing prompt as well!

Tip: click on the image to enlarge!

Infographic Fermi Paradox | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

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5 thoughts on “The Fermi Paradox

  1. Thanks for the heads-up, Chris – I’ve jumped across and commented! Good stuff. My take’s that space (and time) are really, really vast and the likelihood of civilisation low. Also, would the aliens be interested in us anyway? (Well, OK, I WAS kidnapped three times by aliens, last week alone, but luckily my endless supply of lame ‘knock knock’ jokes came to the rescue and they kept letting me go…)

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