Friday, 19 February 2016
Here, we compared Poul Anderson's Nicholas van Rijn and SM Stirling's John Rolfe as different kinds of leaders. Now we find a third example. Lissa Davysdaughter Windholm thinks:
"'I'm only a planetarist. And even that title is a fake. I don't do geology, oceanography, atmospherics, chemistry, biology, ethology, or xenology. I dabble in them all, and then dare call myself a scientist." (p. 85)
So what is her contribution?
"I help get the specialists together, and keep them together, and sometimes keep them alive. That's my work. That justifies me being here..." (ibid.)
It does indeed. So that work must be generally acknowledged and respected? No:
"...though I had to force it every centimeter of the way." (ibid.)
I googled "planetarist" but found a different meaning for it.