Boikat wrote:edit (My math sux. ) :
A recent study also reports that, ststistically, there should be around 160 billion planets in the Milky Way galaxy. The Sloan survey galaxy count is somewhere around 930,000 galaxies so far. Statistically, that's aproximately 148.8 QUADRILLION possible planets! Add to that, that is only 1/4th of the known Universe! And Earth is the only one with life?
I'm sure science will get that number wrong. Think about everything you were taught in school about space (it's age, size, composition, pretty much everything that can't be proven through actually testing,) it's all different now as humanity's technology advances and we learn more. The actual number of planets may end up being lower, or much higher.
I've had this discussion with a few people before, but...what if we ARE the first sentient life in the galaxy. In many science fiction stories there is that race that came before all others. In the Halo games it's the Forerunners. In the Mass Effects universe it's the Protheans. In B5 it was those that went beyond the rim. In Stargate it was the Ancients. What if humanity IS that very first race? What if we are the ones who set the standard for all that come after?
We need to start working on our legacy! I call dibs on all the planets it the Orion Arm of the Milky Way! When the younger races conduct archaeological digs in that region of the galaxy in millions of years, they will know us "Ancients" were cool and froody individuals by the amount of towels they unearth and the vast number of ancient distilleries and race tracks they find.
Archaeologist 4³: "Two Squared, we believe we have discovered the final resting place of one of the Ancients!"
Archaeologist 2²: "Are you sure, Four Cubed?"
Archaeologist 4³: "We are decoding the inscription on the memorial now, but the statue above it is of a being that resembles what we believe the Ancients to have looked like. It is wearing a towel and holding a bottle aloft as if saluting or toasting."
Archaeologist 2²: "Could it really be? It must be! What does the inscription say?"
Archaeologist 4³: "Much of it was been worn away by the elements over time. All we could make out is...Here lies the Stolian Q. Master Craftsman, philanthropist, distiller, hack writer, crazy motherfu...all the rest is worn away."