Date: 2017-03-19 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Two thoughts: One of his many valuable functions is 'James Reads 'Em So You Don't Have T0!!!'

The other is 'Ah, tachyons'. Those were the days, my friend. After Feinberg's article in Scientific American you couldn't get away from them. So much so that Anderson's use of tachyons in The Enemy Stars was in fact a retcon; the version I first read made handwavy noises about the speed of gravity.

Date: 2017-03-19 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I went out of my way to get an older, pre-revision verson.

Date: 2017-03-19 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bruce munro (from
I rather liked the rich variety of aliens in these stories. That nobody took a look at a "planetary" object with the mass of a sun but near-vacuum density and said, "hey, Dyson sphere [1] always struck me as a terrible plot hole. The 1940s air is probably Williamson: he never quite made it out of the pulp era, IMHO, and you can see its traces even in his very last works. Agreed that a lot of the Tachyonic stuff makes no sense, especially since there are aliens which telepresence to the location with robotic bodies.

[1] Or whatever they call it in Scorpian (and don't tell me only humans came up with the idea. It's obvious college science bull session thinking whatever your species).

Date: 2017-03-20 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Even knowing the story, that is a terrible cover. Who is responsible for that mess?

Date: 2017-03-20 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The artist was Philip Perlman. That's the only cover he's credited with at isfdb.

Date: 2017-03-21 12:04 am (UTC)
ext_63737: Posing at Zeusaphone concert, 2008 (Default)
From: [identity profile]
I'm wondering whether that cover was made with the aid of video feedback.

Date: 2017-03-21 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah yeah, video feedback would be a natural way to get the scaling sequence... I kind of like the image as an image, but it doesn't do a lot as a cover for the book.


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