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But the story is about trying to figure out the real purpose of a revolutionary new robot that considers itself vastly superior to mankind. It turns out to be a mobile can opener, for opening beer cans. Of course, hardly anyone has needed can openers since pop-top cans became common in the s. Beam Piper in It's still excellent, set in the far future on the interstellar planet Zarathustra. There are spaceships, hover cars, and so on. A favorite horrible example is the novel "Lest Darkness Fall" by L. Sprague de Camp, published in There is nothing wrong with it, but it is obviously dated.
It opens in modern Rome, full of images of Mussolini's fascist Italy, and prices when the Italian lira was worth a lot.
Decision At Doona by McCaffrey, Anne
But some publisher around decided to "update" it, and did a very bad job of it. The references to fascism were removed, but Mussolini was still left as the current Prime Minister; a contemporary of John Kennedy. But I enjoy the late 19th century non-s-f novels of Horatio Alger, Jr.
A hamburger is a "Hamburg-style beef patty". Illinois was "the West", as distinct from "the Far West" of the other side of the Rockies. Heinlein when I was nine or ten. It is set in the late 21st century, when space travel inside the orbit of Jupiter is common. There is a scene toward the beginning where the teenage hero, outdoors, gets a call on his mobile phone. I was extremely impressed by the prediction that people would have personal mobile phones that they could carry with them everyplace by the end of the 's. Of course, they've been common since the s.
And just about all s-f written before the s predicted a habitable Venus and Mars, with Venus being a steamy jungle and Mars a dry but livable desert with desert-type life forms. Isaac Asimov spent a lot of time after the late s apologizing for the astrologic errors in his early s-f stories, pointing out that they had been based on the best science when they were written.
I had a little trouble with this sort of thing on a smaller scale in a story I finished a couple of years ago. The story was set in and I started writing it in , when most of the technology was still current, but progress on the story was slow for several years until I got my butt in gear and finished up the last several chapters in By that time I was having to remind myself of things such as that in most people didn't carry cellphones, and home video usually meant VHS cassettes, with DVDs just starting to make their first appearance.
Light on Shattered Water review has as one of its plot elements a laptop computer that the main character had with him when he was transported into an alternate reality. Although the author, Greg Howell, made some surprisingly good guesses when the story was originally written in , he made several revisions to bring it in line with current technology when it was released as an e-book in An excellent and hilarious example is Murray Leinster's "A Logic Named Joe", published in early probably written in , which practically nails personal computers and the Internet to a T, including the kids using their parents' unsecured computers to watch adult pornography.
Except that Leinster predicted that they would be called logics instead of home computers. I lived through the VHS-Betamax wars of the s. When I read this series several years ago, I remember thinking Decision at Doona and Crisis on Doona were among the better books I had read. At the time I thought Crisis on Doona was the best of the series, but if I were to reread them now I would probably see its flaws more and would instead favor Decision at Doona. Treaty at Doona was noticeably inferior. Some of the plot threads that had been started were never adequately played out, and the snake hunts were getting repetitive.
And now, a couple of speculations on my part about the story development. Speaking from my experience as a writer, I know how important it is to have your mind into the story you're trying to write, and sometimes that dries up before a story is finished and you'd rather leave it behind and move on to other stories.
Treaty at Doona felt to me like the authors lost that interest before completing the story but obligated to finish it, and were essentially having to finish it while their minds were on their next projects. I also suspect that most or all of the writing on the latter two volumes was by Nye, and that McCaffrey's involvement, aside from being the creator of the setting, was more limited. I expect that you are right. I thought at the time of the two sequels that McCaffrey had little interest in the plot any more, and turned them over to Nye to write.
I also wondered whether McCaffrey had ever any interest in sequels at all, or whether she was just trying to satisfy her fans who were pleading for a sequel. A famous example is Fredric Brown's short story "Mitkey Rides Again", the sequel to his fan-favorite "The Star Mouse", which he wrote just to shut up his fans who had been clamoring for another Mitkey Mouse story for a half-dozen years.
Nobody knows if Brown deliberately wrote "Mitkey Rides Again" to be a stinker, but his fans never again asked for more Mitkey stories. Or read Dean Koontz's thirty-years-later Afterword to his most popular novel, "The Watcher", about why he does not want to write a sequel to it despite getting so many requests for one. I would love to know what Fawcett's connection with them was. Was the whole idea of sequels to "Decision at Doona" Fawcett's, who was and still is a professional s-f "packager"? They would probably be better-written today. Comments Fred — Sun 12 Jan - Shining River — Mon 13 Jan - Fred — Mon 13 Jan - Fred — Tue 21 Jan - Notify me when new comments are posted.
All comments. Replies to my comment. About the author Fred Fred Patten — read stories — contact login required a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics.