Posts Tagged ‘asimov’
Recently I got into a discussion about astrology and was told that it was obvious that I’d never had a good astrological reading. I have difficulty dealing with people who choose to believe in pseudoscience, and have much in common with James Randi in this respect. Where he and I diverge is in our treatment of these fanatics, I tend to avoid them like the plague. The same holds for the people who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia, the belief in the power of Friday the thirteenth.
Isaac Asimov writes in his introduction to the book that “[u]nder these circumstances, what crime is greater than that of deliberately misteaching the public about science, of deliberately misleading them, of defrauding them, of feeding and stimulating their ignorance?” Randi goes on to savagely ravage all the purveyors of trickery explaining that he seeks “to prove that ‘psychics’ use trickery by duplicating their wonders by trickery.” I believe that the main issue with this book is not that it is not written with the mainstream in mind, it is that the main stream media is more interested in spouting ridicules fiction and trickery rather than the truth, and the public eats it up. This is probably why politicians do so well.
I’m sure you had a nice day. And if you didn’t read Flim-Flam!
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As I was watching TwiT recently and I think it was Tom Merritt who said this, it inspired me to continue on this theme. I believe it’s correct, however misguided people may think that the current opinion or the knowledge of current technology of science fiction writes is. Science fiction writers are the inventors of the ideas that are considered improbable or impossible.
They are still the inspirers of the scientists on inventors of the future, whether it’s the space travel of Jules Verne, the extra dimensional spaces of Robert Heinlein, the robots of Isaac Asimov or the Start Trek communicator. These ideas and many others have continued to inspire me and others.
What did Science Fiction inspire you to do?
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After reading The Pearls of Lutra by Brian Jacques I was a little sad, in the series of books I have it is the second to the last. I knew there were many books I had still yet to read, so it wasn’t anything like when I put down, what I thought was, my last Asimov novel.
This story follows Tansy and Martin’s namesake, the grandson of Matthias the Warrior. Tansy finds the remains of a Redwall visitor and gets busy solving riddles to find the pearls so they can pay the ransom for their friends Abbot Durral and Viola. Martin and friends go to rescue them from the Ublaz from the far away Isle of Sampetra.
A nice balance of battle and riddles to fill the day, and beautiful poems and songs written, spoken and sung.