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Comment Re:Freakin' Riders. (Score 3, Informative) 767

In 1923, J.B.S. Haldane wrote "Almost all our present sources of light are hot bodies, 95% of whose radiation is invisible. To light a lamp as a source of light is about as wasteful of energy as to burn down one's house to roast one's pork." Future generations will look at almost everything we have done and wonder what we were thinking.

Comment So many to choose from... (Score 1) 1130

I'd say first place should go to Cordwainer Smith ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordwainer_Smith ) though I have a soft spot for Clifford Simak ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford_Simak ), not to mention Jack Vance ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Vance ). None of them are exactly unknown, but I don't think they get much credit these days for having influenced FSF.

Comment Re:Just in case... (Score 1) 371

Well, given that they will by definition have mastered travel on scale which we have a hard time conceptualizing, I think it's not unreasonable to imagine that they won't be quite the savages we are. It's taken us the last 100,000 years to cut back on infanticide, ethnic cleansing, etc., so I'm fairly confident that by the *we* are the ones paying a visit to an exoplanet with a view, we'll be more benign, ourselves.

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