The sentence that astounded and floored me was from “The Star” by H.G.Wells.
“Such a piece of news was scarcely calculated to interest a world the greater portion of whose inhabitants were unaware of the existence of the planet Neptune, nor outside the astronomical profession did the subsequent discovery of a faint remote speck of light in the region of the perturbed planet cause any very great excitement. “
I found this passage so interesting because it is both a foreign and intimately recognizable concept to be. The fact that this is a world in which the constituents of the world are not taught about the existence of Neptune in their school system. It is also a recognizable fact because this sentence presupposes a failure of this world’s school system to accurately teach about space, just like many schools refuse to teach the theory of evolution.