[Welcome to the Sci-Fi Lunch Break, where every day we'll be supplying you with a cool bit of audio/visual goodness to break up the monotony of the work day. You bring the turkey on rye, we'll bring you something out of this world to watch while you eat it.]

Forgive my sappy pick for today's video, but my cold heart does defrost from time to time. I've always loved the writings of Contact author Carl Sagan, but not often are they positioned quite so poetically as this. A Vimeo user has edited together excerpts from Sagan's reading of his own novel Pale Blue Dot with a soft piano track and a beautiful series of time lapse photography.

The cynic in me wants to say the result could just as easily be a commercial for a next-gen Prius or a new light bulb from GE, but it isn't. It's an optimistic juxtaposition of the past, present and hypothetical future of our species as well as a tribute to one of the greatest fiction and non-fiction science writers of the 20th century.

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