Re: ATTN: Serious sci/fi fans!!!
- Serious discussion? OK I'm up for
it.<br><br>Please give us an example of Hamiltons nano-tech and
let's see if it could really work. Most nano-tech in
the SF world is unfeasable as it is described, but I
am not familiar with Hamilton's work. P.J. Farmer
would probably do a good job on this, but as far as I
know he has kept clear of this subject.<br><br>Let's
discuss his vision of AI and see if it is "realistic", or
just a McGuffin to get stories in motion. The subject
of AI is one that fascinates me. The biggest
question I have being "Why bother"? Asimov had a great
idea when he decided to make his AI stories about how
the things could malfunction under strictly
controlled conditions. Since then, I haven't really seen a
good AI theme apart from "2001 A Space Odessy". I'm up
for a discussion of any new take on that
front.<br><br>Let's discuss the Science in Hamiton's Science Fiction.
But let's not let that discussion bog down in
wannabe-physics like the space station discussion did,
eh?<br><br>OR: Let's discuss the fiction and what it is trying
to achieve in its own right. For many authors such
as Bradbury, Gibson and Bujold to name but three,
the science (hard OR soft) is secondary, or in some
cases, entirely superfluous. Let's see if we think
Hamilton is merely using an SF backdrop to sell stories
that couldn't be sold in any other genre.<br><br>If
you feel the club is in some way failing to meet its
stated objectives M46YrsYung, you share the
responsibility with the rest of the membership to do something
about it.<br><br>As for the other stuff, you don't have
to participate if you don't want to.<br><br>"Serious
sci/fi fans" indeed! I can only hope that the subject
title was /intended/ to be ironic, otherwise you just
scored a palpable hit on your own foot.<br><br>Steve.
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