Date: 2019-04-14 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
There is something a bit humorous in the whole "outnumber humans ten to one" bit with aliens who seem to be modeled on Imperial Japan. The US in 1940, besides all its other advantages, had 9/5ths the population of Japan proper: it seems the "good guys are the underdog" narrative prevails even when the analogy you're using is a poor one.

Reportedly Eric Frank Russell claimed he had actually proposed a "Wasp" type disruption of Japan during WWII, but nobody took his ideas very seriously at the time.

Date: 2019-04-14 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
It's probably for the best that no such actual program existed. Books like this work because the author's thumb is very heavily on the scale.

--
Nathan H.

Date: 2019-04-15 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
IIRC, a number of would-be Wasps went into Soviet Ukraine during the brief interval after WWII in which it was still strenuously objecting to being re-absorbed: they vanished like raindrops in the Atlantic.

Date: 2019-04-14 09:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] avram
“Last night, according to the news-channels, they destroyed the main Spakum space-fleet for the tenth time.”

This sounds pretty familiar, too. How many times did we hear that Al Qaeada’s number-two guy had been killed? How many times did Tom Friedman tell us that the turning point was six-to-nine months away?

Date: 2019-04-15 03:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] philrm
Often enough that six months was sarcastically denoted "a Friedman".

Date: 2019-04-14 11:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] narmitaj
I don't think I read Wasp, but I remember reading And Then There Were None when I was at school (45 years ago or so) and liking its breezy style. Despite being English myself I was, I think, surprised to discover he was English too.

Looking up Russell on Wikipedia to remind myself of him, I discovered the odd information that in 1970 Apple, the Beatles Corp not the computer bods, paid him £4,689 for the movie rights to Wasp, though it was never made. Quite a sum of money then($95K US now?), contract signed by Ringo. With the apparent Japanese flavour of the enemy Wasp was sowing confusion amongst, I wonder if this movie plan was some passive-aggressive rest-of-band dig at Yoko Ono, who had married John Lennon the year before! (Her 3rd husband, I see.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Frank_Russell#Cultural_influences

Date: 2019-04-20 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
And his second; what of it?

I decided in the end that anyone who marries a Beatle will be hated by fans anyway for depriving everyone else of the opportunity.

That makes it sound like I turned them down for that reason. This is misleading.

Robert Carnegie

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