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  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:40 pm on April 30, 2005 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Body, , , Claustrum, , Cordwainer Smith, Darrell Sweet, , , , ,   

    News in Underpeople Research 

    CNN : “In January, an informal ethics committee at Stanford University endorsed a proposal to create mice with brains nearly completely made of human brain cells.

    Just in case, Greely said, the committee recommended closely monitoring the mice’s behavior and immediately killing any that display human-like behavior.”

    Colonel P.M.A Linebarger might have been a little bit off with predicting the timing of Underpeople creation.


    (part of the cover design for “Best of Cordwainer Smith” by Darrell Sweet)

    To quote professor Farnsworth: “You were all for preserving Hitler’s brain, but putting it inside a shark’s body – all of a sudden that’s going too far!!”

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 11:38 am on October 5, 2003 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , alien products, ARTHUR BURNS WRITES, Cordwainer Smith, Eugene Wigner, , film producer, Henry Kissinger, Hungarian language, Hungarian people, Hungary, John McPhee, John von Neumann, , Mars in the fiction of Leigh Brackett, , Melbourne, Occam's Scalpel, , Rosanna Hart, , , The Martians, , Theoretical Division, Wigner,   

    Who Are They? 

    From The “Curve of Binding Energy” by John McPhee (1973, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, pp. 104-105):

    “Not all the Los Alamos theories could be tested. Long popular within the Theoretical Division was, for example, a theory that the people of Hungary are Martians. The reasoning went like this: The Martians left their own planet several aeons ago and came to Earth; they landed in what is now Hungary; the tribes of Europe were so primitive and barbarian it was necessary for the Martians to conceal their evolutionary difference or be hacked to pieces. Through the years, the concealment had on the whole been successful, but the Martians had three characteristics too strong to hide: their wanderlust, which found its outlet in the Hungarian gypsy; their language (Hungarian is not related to any of the languages spoken in surrounding countries); and their unearthly intelligence. One had only to look around to see the evidence: Teller, Wigner, Szilard, von Neumann — Hungarians all. Wigner had designed the first plutonium-production reactors. Szilard had been among the first to suggest that fission could be used to make a bomb. Von Neumann had developed the digital computer. Teller — moody, tireless, and given to fits of laughter, bursts of anger — worked long hours and was impatient with what he felt to be the excessively slow advancement of Project Panda, as the hydrogen-bomb development was known. … Teller had a thick Martian accent. He also had a sense of humor that could penetrate bone.”

    Steve “Developers, Developers, Developers!” Ballmer, Henry Kissinger and Alan Greenspan were also Hungarian Jews. Kissinger has a thick Martian accent. But the scariest Hungarian/Jewish Martian is of course Ron “But Wait, There’s More” Popeil, the inventor of Mr. Microphone, GLH-9 Hair in a Can and other alien products. How can you doubt that he’s an alien?

    From the website of Rosanna Hart, Linebarger’s (see my article “Psywarrior” ) daughter:

    “ARTHUR BURNS WRITES ABOUT PAUL LINEBARGER

    “He was above medium height, terribly gaunt, bald, high-nosed, narrowing in the chin; he wore severe excellently-cut suits; his favourite hat was a soft black velour like an Italian film producer’s. He was constantly ill, usually with digestive or metabolic troubles, and had to put up with repeated surgery, so that in middle age he always lived close to the vital margin. He took time off from a dinner party in Melbourne for a long drink of hydro-chloric acid, at which a guest, quite awed, remarked that Linebarger probably *was* a man from Mars… “

    Linebarger was an alien for sure, what with the acid drinking and everything, but II wonder if Linebarger was one of the Hungarians…

    A sci-fi story called “Occam’s Scalpel” by Theodore Sturgeon comes to mind. Oh, I am not going to spoil the story for you. You should read it yourself.

    While reading Vonnegut I never realized that Kilgore Trout was based on Sturgeon. I always thought that a writer that good (I tend not to notice awkward style when the authors ideas are good) is respected, famous and well read unlike Mr. Trout.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 5:20 am on July 8, 2002 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Atomsk, , Christian Some, , Cordwainer Smith, , , Mike Bennett, Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, Paul Myron Wentworth Linebarger, Scanners Live in Vain, , Sun Yat-sen, The Lady Who Sailed The Soul, The Rediscovery of Man, Vietnam   

    Best Sci-Fi You Haven’t Read Part I or Psywarrior 

    Dr. Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger was a son of Judge Paul Myron Wentworth Linebarger. Interesting facts about him included:

    • Godson of Sun Yat Sen
    • Blind in one eye due to childhood accident (wore a glass prosthesis)
    • Traveled all over the world
    • PhD in political science at an age of 23
    • Rose to the rank of Colonel in Psychological Warfare Branch of US Armed Forces
    • Was involved in PsyOp operations in WWII and most “small wars” (except Vietnam, which he passed up on principle)
    • Was a devout Christian

    Some of his non-fiction:

    • “The Political Doctrines of Sun Yat-sen”
    • “Government in Republican China”
    • “The China of Chiang Kai-shek”
    • “Psychological Warfare”

    Here is an interesting excerpt from “Psychological Warfare”, which was, and still is an authoritative book in the field:

    Enlargement of what the “ancient scholar” was doing with his hands:

    But what I really love Paul Linebarger for is his science fiction stories, which he wrote under pseudonym Cordwainer Smith.
    Cordwainer Smith’s science fiction is amazingly ambitious: he wrote a “history of the future” spanning years 2000 through 16000 (click here for a timeline). His prose is lucid, coherent, poetic, logical and very entertaining. The story that got me hooked was “Scanners Live in Vain”, which was one of those stories that makes you go “Oh, I’ve got to read everything this guy ever wrote”. My other favorite is “The Lady Who Sailed The Soul”, which is probably the most romantic sci-fi story that I know. Something really interesting and unusual abut these stories are religious overtones and Christian symbolism (which are really, really hard to notice on the first reading).

    I highly recommend “The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith” to get started.

    Cordwainer Smith sites (I used some of them to gather information for this post):
    The Remarkable Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith (site by PMA Linebarger’s daughter)
    Cordwainer Smith Unofficial Biography Page
    Christianity In the Science Fiction of “Cordwainer Smith”
    The Universe of Cordwainer Smith
    Cordwainer Smith Illustrated Bibliography, by Mike Bennett

     
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