The forward observation room

"We are just thinking how far we've come in such a short time."

"We certainly have."

"Cosmic thoughts?"

"We were speculating ... Is s/he really out there?"

"Maybe s/he's not out there. Maybe s/he's right here the heart. ...Vin'nyla."

"Don't you have anything else to say to me?"

"Ha, ha, ha! You've developed a sense of humour after all."

"It was not my intention to amuse you. This is serious."

"It is a completed process not open to future innovation. Further advances should not be expected."