“Whenever we walked up the stairs with a young woman, I made sure to walk behind her so Isaac wouldn’t grab her tush,” the writer Harlan Ellison is quoted as saying in Nat Segaloff’s biography A Lit Fuse (2017). “He didn’t mean anything by it—times were different—but that was Isaac.”
The question then is not whether or not a girl should be touched. The question is merely where, when, and how she should be touched.
So - /yes and no/.
Does this work on some people? I'm not trying to justify it, I'm just curious if, like most forms of variable reinforcement, there were there "targets" that liked it?
there's no room for tiny space craft and their mechanic/captains anymore
windykites, I agree that sf is less fun than it used to be-- there was a sort of playful aspect of just making things up which isn't as present in the field. I think part of it is more knowledge of science-- there's less freedom to have aliens and faster than light travel and ancient mysteries.
uberchet, for some reason I never seem to finish Alistair Reynolds novels. When I'm reading Banks, I feel like I'm in the hands of a competent commercial writer but it just doesn't work.
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