Friday, June 01, 2007

When sci-fi writers go bad

USA Today reported this week that science fiction authors Greg Bear, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Arlan Andrews, and Sage Walker met in May with the Homeland Security Department in Washington “to help with the government’s latest top mission of combating terrorism.”

The five writers make up a group called Sigma, created by Andrews 15 years ago to advise federal officials. Writes USA Today reporter Mimi Hall:

Why offer their ideas to the government instead of private companies that pay big bucks?

“To save civilization,” Ringworld author Larry Niven says. “We do it in fiction. Why wouldn’t we want to do it in fact?”

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3 Comments:

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Mike said...

"“To save civilization,” Ringworld author Larry Niven says. “We do it in fiction. Why wouldn’t we want to do it in fact?”"

Jesus, somebody thinks pretty highly of themselves...

Didn't L.Ron Hubbard try this very thing on a bet with Harlan Ellison? Look how well that turned out.

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger jomama said...

The Jesus Complex.

 
At 10:24 AM, Anonymous quasibill said...

I think Niven wrote "fictionally" of exactly this sort of thing in "Footprint?" (the novel he wrote with Pournelle about intelligent pachyderms invading earth) which I believe was originally published in 1980.

I doubt it was prognostication on his part.

 

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