[LMB] Utopias OT: (Jul 29)

Joel Polowin jpolowin at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 29 19:41:37 BST 2021

Peter Hews <Peterhews at protonmail.com> wrote:
> Perfection is not a story, in any context, but that's why novelists
> throw in some imperfection, if only in the form of an outsider, to
> make the story go.  And good novelists know that perfection is not only
> uninteresting but implausible, so, like leGuin, they explore the ways
> their utopia falls short of perfection.

Larry Niven wrote one "Known Space" short story set after the
"Teela Brown" gene became ubiquitous, preventing anything seriously
bad happening to people.  A guy sets out in his flying car, which is
swallowed by a giant flying alien creature.  Creature is killed, but the
guy has to spend 6 months in the car until the creature decays enough
for the car to get out.  He lives on food and drink from its built-in
life-support system, playing solitaire.  Apparently being lonely and
really, really bored isn't enough to set off the effects of the gene.


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