[LMB] Utopias OT: (Jul 29)

Joel Polowin jpolowin at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 29 22:29:03 BST 2021

Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com> wrote:
> 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.

Ack, I forgot to give the title: "Safe At Any Speed".

Niven has mentioned, in this context, that it was hard to write stories
about people who never had anything bad happen to them.


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