(urth) Problematic element in chronology

Dan'l Danehy-Oakes danldo at gmail.com
Wed Jun 1 09:59:51 PDT 2011

Gerry Quinn wrote:

> Of course Vernor Vinge made radical speculations abuout the speed of light
> as a  function of distance from the centre of the galaxy in _A Fire Upon The
> Deep_, and nobody called him on the astrophysics.  But that's because it's
> science fiction, not science.  We don't need to nitpick such issues, IMO.

You haven't hung around with SF fans very much, I take it.

Let me assure you that if there is any scientific wonkiness in an SF
story, there will be someone (quite possibly someone with Asperger's
Syndrome*) who will jump up at the author's next convention apperance
and whine, "But it doesn't _work_ that way!"

* Not that I'm denigrating those with AS; I have a nephew and many
friends at varying points on the autism spectrum.

Dan'l Danehy-Oakes

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