doctorow at February 4th, 2014 14:00 — #1
william_holz at February 4th, 2014 16:41 — #2
OOH! We can solve this!
We use science to create a corporation that uses us to devour capitalism from within and replace it with a whole bunch better options, right?
Our two-day-old placeholder incomplete fictional employee handbook is here: Awesome Incorporated: Employee/Citizen/Owner's handbook
Anybody want to help finish it up and hash together some investor friendly pitches and start making most of these problems irrelevant?
Some of the philosophy behind it is here, but it's much longer (It's as amusing as possible to make up for it, especially for the Whovians)
That was nicely timed, since that's what this whole weekend was about. This way is SO much easier!
shane_simmons at February 4th, 2014 17:59 — #3
Been saying it for years: there are people who dream of a future where humanity lives on a terraformed planet, but we're already there.
dhuff at February 4th, 2014 18:57 — #4
I agree that KSR has some brilliantly imaginative ideas. But my problem is that I've yet to read any of his novels which have characters I like or can relate to.
At best, I want to reach out and slap most of them and holler, "Stop being such an obtuse and/or pathetic weirdo!"At worst, their motivations are completely opaque to me.
william_holz at February 4th, 2014 18:58 — #5
That was one of the truest things I've read all week!
pjcamp at February 4th, 2014 21:39 — #6
I liked some of his early work. But it got more and more irritating to me. And after The Years of Rice And Salt, his work is worthless to me until proven otherwise.
That was about the dumbest novel I ever read.
So I get what you're saying.
michael_r_smith at February 5th, 2014 03:59 — #7
I first saw this point about California made in Robert Heinlein's 1950 novel Farmer in the Sky where a character weighs the risks of migrating from California to a partly terraformed Ganymede.
In the end, Ganymede nearly kills them though.
doctorow at February 9th, 2014 14:00 — #8
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