Monday, 29 February 2016
-Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, The Mote In God's Eye (London, 1979), p. 319.
Through prose and screen science fiction, we have become very familiar with a kind of vehicle that might never in fact exist: large faster than light interstellar spacecraft, often used for combat. Destruction occurs on stellar scales.
Flandry and a few other survivors fight on in a wrecked hulk in Ensign Flandry. Kirk destroys the Enterprise. Captain Rod Blaine must watch his ship, MacArthur, destroyed from the bridge of Lenin.
"Space battles are lovely to see." (p. 320)
That might be a matter of taste. But we have all seen Star Wars so perhaps we can judge for ourselves?
(I meant to save a few draft posts to publish tomorrow but the immediate future of this lap top has become uncertain so let's have five posts today.)