The Fermi Paradox, the Martian Conundrum, and a Flaw in Dark Forest Theory

Orson Welles’ 1938 radio play sparked panic across the nation

Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. Arthur C. Clarke and Frank Herbert. Philip K. Dick, who died in poverty, but whose stories have become Hollywood blockbusters. They are giants of the genre, of the Golden Age of Science Fiction (Herbert and Dick don’t officially qualify for the time frame, but they are giants nonetheless). All of them dreamed big, their flights…