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of that SF novel where it turned out mass murder was the solution?

Date: 2019-02-09 11:16 pm (UTC)
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by Jerry Pournelle, one of the John Christian Falkenberg mercenary stories--perhaps The Mercenary. Put me off the chararcter permanently. Unfortunately, I was too young to realize the problem was the author, not the character.

Date: 2019-02-10 02:41 am (UTC)
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I don't know, I don't feel I can forgive Falkenberg for being persuaded into massacre on the word of an economist. Even less these days, as I imagine people like Paul Manafort using economic arguments as cover instead of sincerely believing them.

Date: 2019-02-10 02:05 pm (UTC)
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The author chose to write the character that way, and I've read enough of Pournelle's stuff to realize he had a real contempt for the poor and ignorant, and carefully ignored that they were made that way by racist government policy. I can't read his stuff any more because, like Ayn Rand's garbage, and the Left Behind series, it features characters that cannot exist as members of the human species I'm familiar with. (i.e., People Don't Work That Way).

Also he was way too fond of monarchism as a far-future political solution, when the modern world has long been running in the opposite direction. Eric Flint was a bit pointed about that particular trend in sci-fi (the love of monarchies and the assumption that common folk don't matter and are too stupid to govern themselves) in his notes on writing 1632.
Edited Date: 2019-02-10 02:07 pm (UTC)

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