Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Another Thought

Since we were talking about books in a recent post, I thought that I would add another to the list for SciFi.

The Mote in Gods Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.  Now this is a SciFi doomer's treat.  Starflight, aliens, exotic weapons and societal collapse, what more is needed?

I like it because, like all Niven and Pournelle (N&P) books, it is pretty well researched and has some depth to it.  If it isn't a cautionary tale, I don't know what is.  But at the same time, it is a great ripping yarn.  You turn the pages pretty quickly.

Anyway, nothing in particular happening today, the youngest heads off to football this week, so nothing but eating and sleeping are in his future for the next couple of weeks.  The eldest is just hanging out.

I haven't been as diligent as normal as reading the news in search of stupidity in the chattering classes.  I have given up on the idea that I can predict what is coming by watching closely.  The data is corrupted, maskirovka is used extensively, and the aims and tactics being used are probably alien to my way of thought.

Collapse is becoming less and less of an issue to me lately.  The obsession will probably pick up again in the future, but right now it just isn't all that important.  Mostly because I am coming to the point of view that it is something to be lived, not really prepared for.  Oh, for certain, you can take precautions and do some simple tasks that will allow for some "grease" to your post-collapse machine, but in truth, the collapse will control the situation, not you.  

1 comment:

russell1200 said...

I have not read Mote in God's Eye in years. At the time I think it was my favorite of the pair, or either author seperately.

It would have been the sci fi version of a population combined with nukes style (in this case repetitive) crash.