For the past few nights, I’ve been reading Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics before bed. It is a collection of lively short stories based on rather tame facts about the universe. For example, the first story begins with this: “At one time, according to George H. Darwin, the Moon was very close to the Earth. Then the tides gradually pushed her far away: the tides that the Moon herself causes in the Earth’s waters, where the Earth slowly loses energy.” From there, Calvino spins a tall tale about small town characters, late night Moon excursions (achieved by propping a ladder on her surface of course,) and a love triangle.
All the stories are wonderful. I highly recommend that you buy it a soon as possible. But while you wait (for your amazon order or for the bookstore to open,) here’s a a short film about a journey to the Moon: