“Are we alone within the universe?” he asked.
Late within the 1950s, when he had been solidly in the 80s and retired, as much as was possible for a person like him, from political life, Winston Churchill brought a draft of an essay down seriously to a villa in southern France.
The area belonged to his publisher, Emery Reves, who had got it from Coco Chanel with the money he made of selling the foreign rights to Churchill’s books on World War II. Inside the age that is old preferred the warmth and luxury of this place, named La Pausa, into the colder, grayer atmosphere of England, and then he would stay for long stretches of time, being treated royally by his hosts and working on his History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
This essay, though, covered a topic that is different one that was less typical for the aging statesman, as a fresh report published in Nature reveals. Originally titled “Are We Alone in Space?” the essay explored the alternative of extraterrestrial life.
Churchill had first started focusing on the essay in 1939, ahead of the beginning of World War II, plus it ran about 11 pages. At La Pausa Churchill worked on revising it, changing the title to “Are We Alone into the Universe?” The essay was never published, though; Churchill left the draft at La Pausa, as well as in the 1980s Wendy Reves, Emery’s wife, gave it to your National Churchill Museum, in Fulton, Missouri.
Just last year, the museum’s director that is new Timothy Riley, rediscovered this essentially unknown piece of writing. Continue reading