- File Size: 497 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jerry Pournelle; 5 edition (July 18, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 18, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XTKFWW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I think we failed Dr. Pournelle; the willingness to take those risks, make those leaps, spend the treasure needed to earn far vaster ones faded as the nation, and world turned inward, became more and more risk averse, and poured those treasures down numerous bottomless pits.
Many of the specific items Dr. Pournelle wrote about in this book may seem laughably out of date now; the impact of hand held calculators, the power of early computers, no internet... but the bigger pictures, the larger goals are still out there waiting for a nation, if not the world, to take those risks, make the leaps, and gain outer space, other planets, boundless energy, and an amazing expanding future for mankind. Such was Dr. Pournelle's difficult but attainable dream.
This book is a 5-star wonder in paper, but the translation to kindle was slapdash and messy. The gist of it is there but a great deal was lost in the transition. Find the physical book; its worth it.
One comment I would like to make. Dr Pournelle notes that he has read this book, as lecture notes, to many college students. Most are shocked to learn neither Earth nor the human race is doomed. Dr Pournelle does not give his opinion as to this source, but I will. They believe so because they've bought the low-grade, Marxist background radiation all their lives: profits are unearned, technology is evil and zero-sum, only peasants are moral. (But never to be left in charge; I can't think of anything Marxists hate more than working-class, lower-case "c" conservatism. Unless its working class, small-"l" libertarians, I mean.)
You can't afford not to read this.