Nerdy Readings

"Scientific Romance" (via www.bennyroff.com)

 

If starship travel from our
Earth to some far
star and back again
at velocities approaching the speed of light made you younger than me due to the relativistic effects
of time dilation,
I’d show up on your doorstep hoping you’d developed a thing for older men, and I’d ask you to show me everything you learned to pass the time
out there in the endless void
of night.

 

If we were the sole survivors
of a zombie apocalypse
and you were bitten and transformed into a walking corpse
I wouldn’t even pick up my
assault shotgun,
I’d just let you take a bite
out of me, because I’d rather be undead forever
with you
than alive alone
without you.

 

If I had a time machine, I’d go back to the days of your youth
to see how you became the someone I love so much today, and then
I’d return to the moment we first met just so I could see my own face
when I saw your face
for the first time,
and okay,
I’d probably travel to the time when we were a young couple and try to get a three-way
going. I never understood
why more time travelers don’t do that sort of thing.

 

If the alien invaders come
and hover in stern judgment
over our cities, trying to decide
whether to invite us to the Galactic Federation of Confederated
Galaxies or if instead
a little genocide is called for,
I think our love could be a powerful argument for the continued preservation of humanity in general, or at least,
of you and me
in particular.

 

If we were captives together
in an alien zoo, I’d try to make
the best of it, cultivate a streak
of xeno-exhibitionism,
waggle my eyebrows, and make jokes about breeding in captivity.
If I became lost in
the multiverse, exploring
infinite parallel dimensions, my
only criterion for settling
down somewhere would be
whether or not I could find you:
and once I did, I’d stay there even
if it was a world ruled by giant spider- priests, or one where killer
robots won the Civil War, or even
a world where sandwiches
were never invented, because
you’d make it the best
of all possible worlds anyway,
and plus
we could get rich
off inventing sandwiches.

 

If the Singularity comes
and we upload our minds into a vast computer simulation of near-infinite complexity and perfect resolution,
and become capable of experiencing any fantasy, exploring worlds bound only
by our enhanced imaginations,
I’d still spend at least 1021 processing cycles a month just sitting
on a virtual couch with you,
watching virtual TV,
eating virtual fajitas,
holding virtual hands,
and wishing
for the real thing.

From Doctor Who

 

Do you wanna come with me? 'Cause if you do, then I should warn you — you're gonna see all sorts of things. Ghosts from the past. Aliens from the future. The day the Earth died in a ball of flame. It won't be quiet, it won't be safe, and it won't be calm. But I'll tell you what it will be: the trip of a lifetime! 

From The X Files (excerpt of Dana Scully)

 

It seems to me that the best relationships, the ones that last, are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.

A quote from Albert Einstein


Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity. 

Zoidberg, on Valentine's Day, from Futurama

 

As the candy hearts poured into the fiery quasar, a wondrous thing happened, why not. They vaporized into a mystical love radiation that spread across the universe, destroying many, many planets, including two gangster planets and a cowboy world. But one planet was exactly the right distance to see the romantic rays but not be destroyed by them: Earth.

So all over the world couples stood together in joy.

From Buffy, The Vampire Slayer

 

When I say, 'I love you,' it's not because I want you or because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I've seen your kindness and your strength. I've seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You're a hell of a woman. You're the one. –Spike to Buffy

From Napolean Dynamite

 

Why do you love me? Why do you need me? Always and forever. We met in a chat room — now our love can fully bloom. Sure, the World Wide Web is great, but you, you make me salivate. Yes, I love technology, but not as much as you, you see. But I still love technology… always and forever. Our love is like a flock of doves flying up to heaven above. Always and forever.

From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
'After all this time?'
'Always,' said Snape.

From Stardust (Yvaine to Tristran)

 

You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn't true. I know a lot about love. I've seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars — pain, lies, hate… It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves… you could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable, and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and… what I'm trying to say, Tristran is… I think I love you. Is this love, Tristran? I never imagined I'd know it for myself. My heart… it feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it's trying to escape because it doesn't belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I'd wish for nothing in exchange: no gifts, no goods, no demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine. 

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