A beautifully told story with colorful characters out of epic tradition, a tight and complex plot, and solid pacing. -- Booklist, starred review of On the Razor's Edge

Great writing, vivid scenarios, and thoughtful commentary ... the stories will linger after the last page is turned. -- Publisher's Weekly, on Captive Dreams

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Science Marches On!

Quite dramatically so, in this illo from Popular Mechanics (Jan, 1952)
(h/t: paleofuture)

Back in the Modern Ages, when everyone believed in Progress-with-a-capital-P. 

And the audience for SF comprised those for whom such pictures caused a swelling of the heart and a tear of joy in the eye.  Notice that there are only two human figures in the entire panorama. 

Not shown are burking fresh cadavers for anatomists, the eugenics movement, poison gas, the Tuskegee experiments, the atomic bomb, or tailored plagues. 

But now that the postmoderns have deconstructed the Enlightenment Project, what comes next? 

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