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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:39 am 
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I'm waiting for reactive plasma filled shoes that make you feel as though you're walking on springs


Flubber?

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Flubber outside of a non-Disney environment is a recipe for disaster. You know that weird guy at work who spends his time on forums that he quickly minimizes the moment he thinks someone's looking? The one who never comes down the pub after work, refuses to discuss his spare time or family, and almost constantly drinks dire-quality cappuccino from the drinks machine?

Imagine what he'd do with it.

It's the same reason super powers only happen in comics. If I could fly, I'd get a good ounce of quality pot, go up to where the atmosphere is really thin and get thoroughly mashed, just to see what would happen.

See, that's what the mainstream so often forgets with sci-fi: people of the future are still people. If the guys I used to work with had comparative jobs in the future - low skill, hard work, poor pay - like, I dunno, asteroid mining, we'd spend most of the time operating multi-million dollar equipment under the influence of green and playing on the PS12 when we weren't in space suits. If we discovered an alien culture, we'd complain that we weren't being paid to care about it, weren't being paid to work around it, would wire head office and sit around, playing and smoking, until management made it go away. Either that or we'd grab a football and have a kick around down there, and then nick bits so we could take it home and sell it on ebay. There'd be none of this noble quest for knowledge or grand schemes to sell it to the military.

Maybe that's another attraction of sci-fi. In sci-fi - released from the restraints of current day every day life - our characters can be more noble or devious than we could ever be bothered to be. Released from the daily grind and need to pay the rent and the tax and everything else, people can more fully explore and discover their natures.


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Intriguing stuff, flubber 'n all.
And I've already sent off 3 or 4 nemo books completely free as a result.
At least one person hasn't claimed it yet.
And thousands wait in the flies...
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I trust those to whom I've sent free Nemo Fives for their posts on this thread have by now safely received them.
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Yep, I got mine the other day. Of course, read 'The Robot and the Octopus' first. It was amusing. Short and sweet. A wonderful idea I might have to . . . erm, borrow ;)

(Sorry I haven't said before, but I've never been good at that sort of thing. I was never taught to write 'thank you' letters, so I'm still learning . . .)


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By taking us deep into the unfamiliar, the unlikely or the plain downright strange, SF brings us face to face with the truth about our very human selves and the universe we inhabit. At the same time, it helps us to imagine ways in which we might become more than that which we currently are.

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SF for me is memories of long periods of reading Jack Vance, Philiip K Dick, Samuel R Delany, Cordwainer Smith in the seventies and eighties.
SF is the bedrock to which and from which other fictions stem(med), even if they cease to be SF in the process.
Glad to have my taste for SF reawakened recently by 'Interzone'.
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Just to let you know, Des, that teh beloved book had not yet arrived. I'm assuming that the postman is having difficulties identifying my letter box. Or the shop I live above may have swiped it, it being a parcel, and parcels usually going to them first (if it's too large for the letter box).

I'll let you know as soon as I see it.

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Hey, Jo, I can't recall you claiming your prize or giving me your address.
Sorry, if I've got confused!
Please write to me (again?) at bfitzworth@yahoo.co.uk

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Being a yahoo address (mine, that is), it probably got eaten by your spam filter :) Ne'ermind, I shall try again. ANd thank you for the generosity, etc

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Still not heard from you, Jo.
Can you please try dflewis48@hotmail.com

And for others, this continuous simple offer of a free book for a simple post is still open & will remain so until further notice. Too good to be true? Or too true to be good?
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Have tried again. If it doesn't arrive, I shall try my work e-mail.

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Got it now, Jo!
Thanks for taking part.
Nemo Book on its way to you.
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Just to let you know it turned up yesterday. Thanks again.

And I'm liking that sneaky octopus best!

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Got mine the other day too. Enjoying it so far - though the first story did have me mentally shouting: "Octopodes!" :wink:

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