“In the meantime, / the light’s eyelashes open and close.” – Robert Fernandez, “And”
The art installation went better than Britt had expected. She floated lasers above the horizon using SpaceX’s “Arts in the Skies” low-cost launch service and made ribbons of light on which her messages were displayed. The complete works of Charles Dickens took up one wide ribbon next to the autobiography of Malcolm X on a slender strip next to collected Chinese dissident poetry on a third ribbon, and so on.
Kafka’s The Trial, Malala Yousafzai’s I am Malala, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Angela Davis’s Women, Race, and Class . . . they were all up there, stenciled on ribbons of light among the dark matter of the galaxy.
The words of her message could not be read from Earth. But that was not a surprise, was it?