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review 2018-11-17 17:41
Flexible Belts: "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan
Cosmos - Carl Sagan



(Original Review, 1980-11-17)




A lot of talk has been going on about the flaws in Carl Sagan's COSMOS series. These flaws center on either Sagan's unusual speaking style and acting(?) abilities, or the show's contents. I certainly agree that he looks stupid when displaying the "awed" look; however, the complaints about the content of his shows are not justified. Yes, he is short on reasons and long on visual effects, and, yes, he talks as if the viewer did not know the obvious. What we are all forgetting is this: the average person doesn't know what we would consider "obvious". We should realize that Carl Sagan has his work cut out for him making science digestible for the average person.

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-17 17:33
Binary Equivalents: "Starman Jones" by Robert A. Heinlein
Starman Jones - Robert A. Heinlein


(Original Review, 1980-07-24)



Random rumblings on our inability to predict the future.

Pop-up display screens and visual aiming (guiding a missile by looking at the target) for fighter pilots is discussed in the recent fiction paperback "FoxFire.'' The technology for visual aiming is actually quite old. It is derived from the device (I'm not sure what it is called) used by psychologists to measure eye movements.
 
 
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review 2018-11-17 17:21
Talking a Lot About Cats: "A Door Into Summer" by Robert A. Heinlein
The Door Into Summer - Robert A. Heinlein



(Original Review, 1980-07-28)



Probably the biggest role for a cat outside of Norton is in Heinlein's A DOOR INTO SUMMER --- the hero talks more to his cat than he does to the woman he ends up marrying.

[KK: That doesn't surprise me; Heinlein seems to hate all human females over the age of 12.

 

 

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review 2018-11-17 11:51
Inexplicable Anomalies: "The Ringworld Throne" by Larry Niven
The Ringworld Throne - Larry Niven


(Original Review, 1980-07-01)



Now we're going to argue the reasons for sequels? It's straightforward here. Niven obviously doesn't need the money (although it can't hurt too badly). It's those damned readers who keep begging for more and pawing after him at every convention, in every fanzine, in all his letters, etc. ad infinitum. He's got to do *something* to shut them up, else go insane, bug-nuts.
 
 
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review 2018-11-17 11:06
Nuclear Stalemate: "Blowups Happen" by Robert A. Heinlein
Blowups Happen - Robert A. Heinlein


(Original Review, 1980-07-26)


Although Clarke was far ahead of his time in regard to synchronous communications satellites, even here he missed a few beats. Although I have not read his science article detailing the suggestion, his early fiction always had the satellites MANNED. He did not foresee the fantastic reductions in size of electronics (semi-conductors were yet to be invented) or their corresponding increase in reliability.

 

 

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