Date: 2017-06-25 03:43 pm (UTC)
voidampersand: (Default)
From: [personal profile] voidampersand
On the cover, the spaceship looks like the tip of a fountain pen, so of course it is mightier.

de Camp is one of the few science fiction authors who took relativity seriously, as something that could actually make the plot different, rather than as an inconvenience to be ignored. The other: Le Guin. Maybe it's the two-part name.

A good story of alien gratitude for human intervention is Anderson's "Day of Burning". Of course, the political aspects are purely imaginative speculation; nothing like that could ever happen between human societies here on Earth.

Date: 2017-06-26 11:49 am (UTC)
mmcirvin: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mmcirvin
Well--they took the temporal effects seriously, not the concomitant energy requirements.

Date: 2017-06-26 02:34 pm (UTC)
voidampersand: (Default)
From: [personal profile] voidampersand
True. They could have realized that star journeys take several years even for the people on the starship, even at 1G continuous boost. It would dramatically affect the plot in some ways. It would have been interesting. But at least they tried.

Date: 2017-06-25 04:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] daidoji_gisei
I remember reading this as a teen and enjoying it. Now that I have a title and author I'm tempted to reread it now.

Date: 2017-06-25 04:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
I got to meet L. Sprague and his wife at a Phoenix Worldcon years ago, absolutely charming people. I wish I'd been able to have a long conversation with them. I did get to have such a conversation with Harry Harrison: that's one advantage of doing film programming, I had access to the green room.

Date: 2017-06-25 06:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger
Sounds like this is one that aged well.

In general, de Camp is a good storyteller!

Date: 2017-06-25 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
That cover is all kinds of special.

Date: 2017-06-26 02:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexxkay
Well, at least this cover spelled the title correctly. I used to own an edition of the same book graced with the cover-title "Rouge Queen".

Date: 2017-06-26 09:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] scott_sanford
Which is obviously incorrect, as she is purple.

Date: 2017-06-27 04:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] editrx
That was, and still is, an infamous error. I can't help but call the book "Rouge Queen" to this day.

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