A little broader perspective.
(Be not alarmed. Yes, still dealing with health things, but nothing critical just now. It’s just that I have posts to write but they’d take the stuffing out of me to write today, and I have books to write. -SAH)
Shaking the Kaleidoscope A blast from the past from December 23 2012
Clifford Simak’s City contains a device built into a kaleidoscope – you shake it, and look through it, and it alters your mind and your perceptions.
This is not a post about Simak, or City or Classical Science Fiction, but I’ll say in passing that the device – perfectly sensible way for a writer to dramatize the changing of minds necessary to take everyone out of Earth and into space – both fascinated me and made me uneasy. The uneasy is because I don’t approve of any kind of mind-control. Heinlein’s mind-engineering does the same to me: that…
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