An Early Draft of Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue DotQuote
Over at The Atlantic, Rebecca J. Rosen takes a look back at the evolution of that one perfect passage that gives us all the best feels. She marked up the copy above to highlight the differences between this early draft (oh the days of red pen editing!) and the final version, which you can listen to below.
I also highly recommend heading over and checking out Rebecca’s analysis of the meaning of a certain “mote”…
This document comes from the Library of Congress’ Sagan Archives, which were generously donated by Seth MacFarlane. I attended the dedication event last fall, and there was lots of these little tidbits of the legend-in-the-making.
When I got home from that trip, I delivered my thoughts about Carl’s legacy in a video, because it was a touching experience: