26 February 2014

The sheep look up


Cartoon from The New YorkerPost title stolen from John Brunner and John Milton.

10 comments:

  1. It is good for us to be distracted from Syria, for it serves no productive purpose for us to be involved there.

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  2. We could always turn our attention to the planet that we're raping, poisoning, and denuding to the point that it will no longer sustain the very creatures doing it- but something's bound to turn up...

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    1. I see that you've been reading some lively science fiction.

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  3. You're right, we're not bombing enough Middle-Eastern countries.

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  4. Count me in with Stan B. and MuddyValley. I have seven grandchildren, and I worry about their future on this planet.

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  5. Side comment: John Brunner was also the author of possibly the worst SF novel ever printed by ACE Books: _The Atlantic Abomination_. It's mentioned next to "trite" in the dictionary.

    Lurker111

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  6. 'The Sheep Look Up" is a fun read. I read it over every now and then. I'll have to give The Atlantic Abomination a try, see how bad it could be. sounds like a Lovecraft meets Campbell kind of thing.
    Now, back to my stamp collection.

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    1. "Fun read" explained -- "By the end of the book, rioting and civil unrest sweep the United States, due to a combination of poor health, poor sanitation, lack of food, lack of services, ineffectiveness of services (medical, policing), disillusionment with government/companies, oppressive government, civil unrest, high incidence of birth defects (pollution-induced), and other factors; all services (military, government, private, infrastructure) break down."

      Only those of us who enjoy dystopian SF will understand your enthusiasm. Now back to my selvage collection.

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    2. Its the only Brunner I've read. Its very...terse...yes terse would be the word, but its not without humor. like this...
      "At the big Georgia paper mill the saboteur was obviously a chemist. Some kind of catalyst was substituted for a drum of regular sizing solution and vast billowing waves of corrosive fumes ruined the plant. Anonymous calls to a local TV station claimed it had been done to preserve trees.
      The same day, in northern California, signs were posted on a stand of redwoods that the governor had authorized for lumbering: about two hundred of the last six hundred in the state. The signs said: FOR EVERY TREE YOU KILL ONE OF YOU WILL DIE TOO.
      The promise was carried out with Schmiesser machine-pistols. The actual score was eighteen people for seventeen trees.
      Close enough."

      Thats fun, yes?

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