Tuesday, March 19, 2013
19 March 2013
Connor Trinneer b. 1969
Many happy returns to Mr. Trinneer, whose best known work is on Enterprise and Stargate, two sci-fi shows I never got in the habit of watching.
1951: Dr. Hugo Pinero puts $10,000 in escrow to pay the first person living past Pinero’s predicted date for that person’s death.
Predictor: Life-Line, by Robert A. Heinlein, published 1939
Reality: To be fair to Ridiculous Bob, this is very early in his career. Some people in "Hard SF" made an effort to really understand science, but Heinlein wasn't one of them. He is more like someone skimming through a textbook and thinking "Time! It's different from what we used to think! What if it worked in this cool way?"
But it doesn't, Bob, and your story just is like something out of the "gypsy curse" genre made allegedly plausible with impossible science.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
The three words I do not tire of typing... John Elfreth Watkins.
Join me then... IN THE FUTURE!