Sunday, 19 August 2018
Rapid Technological Advances
Poul Anderson, "The Children of Fortune." See here.
Taylor, Oregon, the capital city of the North America Union, has made remarkable advances during the mere twenty nine years since World War III:
rearing buildings, rushing steel traffic, hastening crowds, blinking signs, constant noise (the way New York is described in "Time Patrol");
on a mountainside above the city, a cluster of large buildings with curving lines, flat planes, enormous windows and smooth, pastel, plastic fronts;
"'...turning out some fine new machines...'" (3, p. 84);
a lot of gadgets in a private home, including a color television, a visiplate and a chair that molds itself to the body (see Futuristic Furniture);
moving murals in a tavern;
a tall capitol building with many columned tiers in its own parks and gardens;
inside the building, an automatic elevator and door and a clear plastic wall overlooking city and mountains;
the President and his cabinet remind me of the UN in the Psychotechnic History, rulers of a high tech society in the wake of a nuclear war - another example of this is Judge Dredd and his colleagues.
I suspect that many of the advances are due to the genius of Alaric Wayne but will have to continue rereading to confirm this.