James Davis Nicoll

James Davis Nicoll

  • Commented on Do my Homework
    "The starship flies from one star system to another, and everyplace it stops the people are superior and un-interested. It's like something written by Benford or Brin, but without the conflict (who cares what the humans are doing) or the...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    31: I could not find unequivocal evidence Rod was black in TITS but there is evidence of interracial marriages (considered problematic by more than half of Americas into the 1990s) and the babies that show up suggest more than hand...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    "He wanted to make the protagonist in one of his juveniles a person of color, for example, but his publisher said no." Not at all coincidentally, I read 50 Andre Norton novels immediately after reviewing the Heinlein juveniles. One...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    The Patterson bio of Heinlein is, lamentably, not notably trust-worthy. For example, there's a vivid description of a massacre of civilians by Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima. Never happened; the Japanese moved most of the civilians off the island. https://www.tor.com/2010/08/12/patterson-heinlein-biography-not-to-be-trusted-on-details/...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    I played around with a slow ftl drive where heat management was the big problem. Hauling extremely cold water ice turned out to be surprisingly effective. (oddly, inspired by a visual on an old Blizzard game, which made me wonder...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    I wonder if this model would work in universes with As Fast As Light spacedrives? From the traveller's POV, those are instant....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Two comments: 1: This is essentially Heinlein's setup in the LLverse. Ditto Alan Steele's in the Humans Ruin Everything, So Let's Spread to Other Worlds series and Dave Duncan's Hero!. 2: But going anywhere only takes a few years of...
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