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Review of ONCE UPON A TIME 13.81 Billion Years Ago

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[Following is an official review of "ONCE UPON A TIME 13.81 Billion Years Ago" by J. C. Faris.]
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5 out of 5 stars
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J.C. Faris's ambitious "ONCE UPON A TIME 13.81 Billion Years Ago" does not really look like a typical science textbook. It is a dizzying trip through the known cosmos that masquerades as an utterly standard nursery story. Faris enters into this story and sees, by that strange glance, the great theme of life from the point of view of the universe's birth through brimstone fire to humanity's uncertain future. It is a 5-star book, and I will give it 5 out of 5 stars in ratings.

In a way, Volume I is a modern creation myth, a grand story full of magic and miracles, starting with the explosion of the Big Bang and then the emergence of the first elementary particles, which, in turn, resulted in galaxies and stars. Think of a cosmic fairytale where the fundamental forces make the first supernatural creation, which is the celestial enchantment. Volume II, however, goes even deeper, talking about the physics that involves the alchemy of breaking down stardust into planets and the flame that lights up life. Faris gives you a walk and writes a book where accident and necessity dance together, making the masterworks that we see on Earth. But the narrative doesn't shy away from the big question: 'We are all alone' in the great cosmic ocean? In the last volume, thought turns philosophical. At the next stage, humanity is in a position to be interplanetary wayfarers, with its people living among the stars. Faris shows a warning yet hopeful picture, pleading with us to be conscientious Earth custodians and then explore outward. This is where the line between science and existential meditations is matched with reflections on humanity's purpose in a larger framework.

The key advantage of the trilogy is its applicability. Faris does not use any hard technical vocabulary but rather integrates it into an interesting story. Nevertheless, a few readers may consider such a mix of spirituality unnatural, and a more fitting perspective is completely scientific. Further, scientific purists will consider his comprehensive concepts slightly summarized.

Faris is not trying to rewrite textbooks; on the contrary, his stories fan the flame of the universe in our hearts. It is a kickstart for further investigations, encouraging the readers to travel deep into the mysteries of the cosmos. The editing went pretty well. I cannot find any dislikes, though.

"ONCE UPON A TIME 13.81 Billion Years Ago" is a different type of amazing journey for the curious mind. It is one of the greatest showpieces of the human spirit, which is the universal quest to know the secrets of the universe. Then, if you are eager to sail the grand narrative of the universe, get onboard Faris' metaphorical spaceship and join the journey that won't pass unnoticed.

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