Teaser Tuesday is a weekly event in which participants share a tidbit from their current reads; play along at Should Be Reading.
It did something to the watchers. The power of the thundering rocket, the knowledge that had gone into it; to the older watchers it was something impossible, a comic-book incident from their childhood. To the younger ones it was inevitable and to be expected, and they couldn’t understand why the older people were so excited. Space ships were real and of course they worked….
p. 131, Lucifer’s Hammer. Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle