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Story Inspiration: The Coupon

The Journal Nature

The Coupon was published in Nature on December 21, 2017. What inspired this story? Find out on the Nature Future Conditional blog!


Writing The Coupon

I’ve often wondered what the eventual fate of Voyagers’ two golden records might be. What if they really did fall into the hands (or pseudopodia/tentacles/cyborg extensions) of aliens? Would they figure out how to play them? Would they understand Earth’s message? And would they like Chuck Berry?

What if their interpretation of the golden records wasn’t quite what we intended? …

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