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Since we are not yet fully comfortable with the idea that people from the next village are as human as ourselves, it is presumptuous in the extreme to suppose we could ever look at sociable, tool-making creatures who arose from other evolutionary paths and see not beasts but brothers, not rivals but fellow pilgrims journeying to the shrine of intelligence.
Yet that is what I see, or yearn to see. The difference between raman and varelse is not in the creature judged, but in the creature judging. When we declare an alien species to be raman, it does
Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel Speaker for the Dead, the thrilling sequel to Ender's Game and winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. This full cast unabridged recording includes an original postscript written and recorded by the author.