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Old Jul 8 2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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Because I'm tired of talking to myself, I wanted to brain-storm stuff!

So, I think it's sort of obvious there are parts of AMC's universes which are showing their age, alas. Be it predicted technologies not being as computer-heavy as they should be, shifting morals making us wince at how some of the romances went down, characterization of females (or men!) etc.

In the Tower and Hive series, or the Pegasus, what little details would you change or alter if you could, and why?
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Old Jul 8 2014, 07:32 PM   #2
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Reading To Ride Pegasus is always interesting because it's written to portray the future, in a year that is now in the past. I find that kind of thing fascinating - I first noticed it in the short story "Robbie" in I, Robot by Asimov. I wouldn't change very much in that book because I like that retro feel. If anything, I would love to have seen that early setting expanded upon.
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Old Jul 12 2014, 04:12 PM   #3
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I sometimes wonder how younger people feel about retro SFF.

When I came to it, even though it was the 1990s, I personally was living in a technologically retro household. No TV. Barely a radio. Certainly no computer. The under-utilization of computers and video in SFF books was not strange in my mind. Even using tapes (instead of DVDs or whatever) was not odd.

But nowdays, given how technology has developed, you can see how dated things are...what would that look like to someone who did not grow up in that era? Someone who is entirely the product of a digital generation?
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Henry Darrow was supposed to have lived in the 1990s, so the overcrowding in Jerhattan is positively ridiculous.
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I've always had a small thing about the Helijets, then the Osprey began flying so I imagine them to be jet powered versions of them.
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If you want a giggle read Kipling's "With the Night Mail" which is set in year 2000.
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I'm reading "The Demolished Man" and honestly, the weirdest thing is not the tech (I don't think we can actually predict where it's going to go and what's going to crash and burn in the next few centuries) but that especially in the SF of the era, the SOCIAL behavior is very much of its time. Set aside the telepathy and Powell's cocktail party is VERY Fifties.

That and the constant presence of cigarettes....
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I just find it very annoying that we don't already have more flying cars that anyone can afford and use!

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The spelling of Daffyd op Owen, which has bugged me for years.

Daffyd would be pronounced Daf-fid in Welsh.
Correct spelling is Dafydd --- pronounced Dav-ith, the Welsh version of David.

Op Owen should be Ap Owen = son of Owen. This assumes the Welsh have reverted to the mediaeval system of using one or more patronymics to distinguish their children from others with the same Christian name. The Welsh have already changed most of their place-names back to the Welsh spelling, so why not?

In our time he would be called Dafydd (or David) Owen(s) or Bowen.
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To be fair, Rhyssa's maiden name was Owen, so Dave's use of the patronymic must've been an oddity.
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