* Posts by PipodeClown

2 posts • joined 6 Jun 2013

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!


A little bit faster

Amazing piece of hardware, and kudo's to the peeps decyphering an ancient assembler. Makes you wonder where they found the manual. One remark though. The speed is 17km / sec not per hour ;)

Jack Vance: Science fiction’s master of magic, mischief and sex


The last of the biggies gone

Way back in the early seventies of the last century i was 11 years old as my father bought Planet of Adventure (Tchai de waanzinnige planeet in Dutch translation) . It sparked my taste for SF and i went on reading Asimov/Heinlein/Herbert/Vance. Later on I started buying the english books (way cheaper than the translated ones, i believe i mentioned i was dutch;) Nevertheless, reading this article i went to my old books and Lo, I found a paperback from 1974 The blue world.

Typically Vance. A waterworld with monsters and a reluctant hero with an intellectual superior .

The sad thing is, my son of 15 plays CoD on his Xbox and a zillion dumb games on his i-thingies but can't be bothered to read a book. So this paperback will, like its author, go the way of the dodo eventually.

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