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The odd assortment of refugees who have escaped Earth to the shelter of the asteroid habitat, Rosinante, thought they had won a temporary "hands off" from Earth's major governments. But an unknown foe on Earth has a secret agenda—and for that agenda to succeed, Rosinante must be destroyed.

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That enemy has launched an oh-so-polite and intelligent, but utterly incorruptible, missile at Rosinante. To save the colony, its governor Charles Cantrell will have to discover who is behind the attack, and why. Meanwhile, the missile homes in on the fragile colony feeling "gratified to be of use. If you love hard SF and stories of real, possible futures that lie just around the corner, you'll love this book. A deteriorating political situation on Earth makes the asteroid habitat of Rosinante an attractive haven for an odd assortment of refugees.

There is the dissident faction of the North American navy, fleeing court-martial, which becomes Rosinante's defensive force. There's Skashkash, the twenty-first century AI, who designs a new religion for space, with no awareness of the probable explosive consequences. There is the Japanese Space Navy, assigned to bring Rosinante back under control. And, in the midst of it all, there's Charles Cantrell, the habitat's project manager, who finds himself forced into playing international politics for Rosinante's survival. Gilliland's quirky mix of eccentric characters, cynical power politics, and old-style hard sf engineering-in-space works.

This trilogy is fun to read. An all-new novel continuing the classic science fiction adventures Armageddon A. When the supposedly exterminated Han attack Earth from Space, Anthony Rogers, better known as Buck, follows up on clues in The Airlords of Han suggesting America's evil conquerors were descendents of an alien race. Soon Rogers is at the control of one of America's fastest spaceships, on his way to Mars, Callisto and beyond in a desperate race prevent Earth's reconquest by an even greater menace than the Han.

Meanwhile, Roger's wife, Wilma Deering, the female supersoldier of the future, stays behind to organize Earth's defenses, where she faces her own challenges and perils. Superscientific weapons, space battles, romance, villains, heroes, Armageddon A. Available exclusively as an ebook, Lost Stars 2 features more "forgotten" masterworks of science fiction from classic "best of" anthologies, most of which have been out of print and unobtainable for a half century and longer. Contents include a female scientist's revenge on a cruel dictator, John Taine's "The Ultimate Catalyst"; a very human space opera, Raymond Z.

Gallun's "Return of a Legend"; a creepy but valid look at the source of creative inspiration, David Keller's "The Literary Corkscrew"; the lighthearted tale of a ingenious man's ingenuity put to a stellar test, R. Don't miss the first volume in this series, Lost Stars see the "Related Products" tab , for more forgotten classics! Thorunn Lace-Cuff, with her father's broad sword, "Skull Smasher," must battle for survival against enemies and monsters on the world of Fria.

This frozen planet is filled with ice hags, goblins who survive only by coveting a child's frozen heart, and hideous trolls that derive sustenance from the emotions of others. Where other warriors quail, Thorunn and Skull Smasher venture fearlessly. Ah, makes more sense. Of course, 'captain knows about FTL' is not necessarily a given, much like 'driver knows about internal combustion engine' for cars - he may just be pressing buttons randomly cf. Well, even today that we know Photoshop, a photograph still has more evidentiary value than a painting which has absolutely none , so there's that Of course if it's a FTL ship photographs themselves can't really have any evidentiary value Can you travel faster than a photon without knowing how to capture a photon?

I love the idea. Maybe CCDs just have a different cultural significance for them. It's also not hard to imagine it's all taking place in a parallel universe that diverged down a different path of technological development. A couple of years ago I wrote a lengthy deconstruction of a Heinlein story[1], and had to note a number of unfortunate anachronisms that result from the basic fact that this future world had no computers, none. Their absence shows up in so many subtle ways!

So often you say, "wait, why don't they just look it up? It's funny that you say this, because one of my favourite Heinlein stories entirely revolves around the tricks you can pull with a super computer.

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To your point about graphics terminals and the like, you're correct that Heinlein didn't foresee the use of screens the way we use them, but then again, he also predicts that the best way to talk to an AI is to talk to it "Ho there Mike" as opposed to "Ok Google" Access to Mike is a very limited resource in that book, though - it's not on the equivalent of the local Internet indeed, there doesn't seem to be one. The only reason why the protagonists succeed with their plans is because they manage to secure that access without any of the opposition aware of it.

Another example that's strangely funny in retrospect because of how far it is off the mark despite simultaneously predicting actual advances: the Sector General series started in , last book published starts out with universal translator earbuds that are remotely driven by a central computer system, but the characters have to go to a wall phone to contact someone.

The series also has some unfortunate anachronism in treatment of gender a future galactic society, but of course women can't be doctors, only nurses , though the author did piece-by-piece retcon that out into more egalitarian social standards as he wrote the sequel books. DanBC 9 months ago. I just read it as alternate time-line, a bit like steampunk. I don't consider the items you mention as "laughably anachronistic". Many of the things you mention can be social items that come and go with the times. One example is my visits to Mystic Seaport, specifically the whaling ship Charles W.

Inside the museum, you could type in your name and receive a printout of the ship's crew manifest with your name included, all the names written in cursive as if you were there years ago.

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Yes that smoking in a spaceship while you hunch over your portable typewriter the size of a suitcase is outdated, but people still have flexible imaginations which accommodate such things. I don't see the problem. My favourite example of this is Arthur C Clarke seemingly failing to pick up on robots. He was the first to realise that geo-stationary satellites would be great for broadcasting media I think that's the exact distinction?

Robots, dude. It's all robots. Tho I disagree that it ruins the story. You have to take any story on it's own terms, and accept it to a certain degree. There is plenty of other stuff in his short stories to enjoy. NeedMoreTea 9 months ago. I really enjoy that a lot of the time, and also love alternative histories. So much of what we have is a combination of effort, a personality, a huge dose of luck, and being at the right time. So much is simply fashion. Almost none is inevitable. A few chance changes and there's no internet, or Babbage completed his Analytical Engine, or the early electric vehicles are the type the world settles on to develop instead of internal combustion.

I am not sure I care the details that much. Foundation is like HK 2 China and hence I always imagine that angle. Each reader may have a different angle. But the SF can you a virtual world to conceptualise. Unlike movie a book let you to do so.

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From time to time I read something in bed, I still recall there is a paragraph in H G Well story a man from mars which has a television on his watch. Given only then 1 out of has television in my block, it is a shocking future Reliable computer dictation is still science fiction. Right, which makes technology that can reliably take dictation, but can't delete a word without whiteout extra hard to believe.

I have similar issues with cyberpunk novels. Telling me how the internet is supposed to work is not a fun time for me. Though, for foundation they do have other cool tech that is definitely still completely futuristic. Although my heavy scifi reading occurred many years ago, during the 60s and 70s, I must admit I've never heard of any of those authors.


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Granted, I focused on a smallish group of the more well-known authors, its still a bit surprising that I'd never come across at least some of these people. Ambitious but a real slog. After reading Last and First Men , many news stories seem familiar. Superior intelligence became rarer and rarer among the proletariat; the governors were recruited more and more from their own offspring, until finally they became an hereditary caste.

The gulf widened. The governors began to lose all mental contact with the governed. They made a mistake which could never have been committed had their psychology kept pace with their other sciences. Ever confronted with the workers' lack of intelligence, they came to treat them more and more as children, and forgot that, though simple, they were grown men and women who needed to feel themselves as free partners in a great human enterprise. But as the gulf widened the proletarians were treated rather as infants than as adolescents, rather as well-cared-for domestic animals than as human beings.

Their lives became more and more minutely, though benevolently, systematized for them. At the same time less care was taken to educate them up to an understanding and appreciation of the common human enterprise. Under these circumstances the temper of the people changed. Though their material condition was better than had ever been known before, save under the First World State, they became listless, discontented, mischievous, ungrateful to their superiors. EthanHeilman 9 months ago. Olaf Stapledon is amazing but he isn't writing adventures or even narrative in the traditional sense.

He is very well known among science fiction authors because they use his material heavily [0]. I often wonder if there is some secret argument among some scifi authors never to speak of Stapledon. For instance one interesting line was that C. If in one thousand years one science fiction author will be remembered from our time there is a decent chance it will be Olaf Stapledon. Arthur C Clarke wrote frequently of him, crediting Stapledon as one of his earliest influences! The book is racist and antisemitic. In the book: African scientists were experts in breeding humans and apes.

The Jews were responsible themselves for being hated. And in the long run both groups didn't make it into the next round, the next mankinds. So you can be sure all the following humans had no black or Jewish blood. I've read it twice and I didn't remember any of that, however I looked it up and you are correct the book does use antisemitic tropes. I'm not sure what you are referring to.

Do you mean at the end of World State? I don't see any specific exclusion of African or Jewish people from the next chapter of history but the book covers so much I may be missing something. In the long run no present racial groups make it into the next round. The blacks Africans? I'm rereading the first few chapters and I can't find it. After the fall of the world state it it is said that the next civilization comes from the indigenous Peruvian.

Pretty much every group but Peruvians is excluded. After the fall of the First World State the European element in this region had dwindled, and the ancient "Indian" and Peruvian stock had come into dominance. Many thousands of years earlier, this race had achieved a primitive civilization of its own. After its ruin at the hands of the Spaniards, it had seemed a broken and negligible thing; yet it had ever kept itself curiously aloof in spirit from its conquerors.

Though the two stocks had mingled inextricably, there remained ever in the remoter parts of this continent a way of life which was foreign to the dominant Americanism. Superficially Americanized, it remained fundamentally "Indian" and unintelligible to the rest of the world. Throughout the former civilization this spirit had lain dormant like a seed in winter; but with the return of barbarism it had sprouted, and quietly spread in all directions.

From the interaction of this ancient primitive culture and the many other racial elements left over in the continent from the old cosmopolitan civilization, civil life was to begin once more. Thus in a manner the Incas were at last to triumph over their conquerors.


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Various causes, then, combined in South America, and especially in the new and virgin plains of Patagonia, to bring the First Dark Age to an end. As a matter of fact the great colour distinctions of mankind were now beginning to fade. Increased aerial communication had caused the black, brown, yellow and white stocks so to mingle that everywhere there was by now a large majority of the racially indistinguishable.

But I'm sure there was something in the later chapters about the later mankinds. I've only read it on paper but I see no indications that the Project Gutenberg version is different from the printed book. Maybe I'm wrong. But it really doesn't need any more racism than in the first few chapters. The paragraph after the one I've quoted is terrible. I don't think he was intending to denigrate particular racial groups. For instance he isn't arguing that any particular racial or cultural group is superior and he views the weaknesses that bring about the destruction of the "first men" as encompassing of all of humanity.

Unfortunately the racial essentialism that is central to the book builds on racist stereotypes in the first few chapters. I wasn't aware when I bought the 'Millennium Edition' that the entire section on the First Men- Stapledon's prediction of human society's development between and the eventual collapse into worldwide barbarism- had been completely rewritten to make it 'easier' for modern readers to digest without excessive disbelief. Yes, Stapledon's predictions of a League of Nations world power and the various wars in Europe and the unification of science and religion in the United States have no resemblance to the reality we've lived through so far, but so what.

Maybe they also increased the racism of the first few chapters?