By James P. Hogan
James P. Hogan stands one of the best writers of technological know-how fiction this day, and is popular for his skill to mix actual technology from the leading edge of present-day examine with residing, respiring characters in fast moving, suspenseful tales. "Catastrophes, Chaos & Convolutions" supplies Hogan's hundreds of thousands of avid readers either a solid-chunk of high quality technology fiction and a glance behind the curtain, as Hogan describes how his paintings got here to be written; with biographical information. upload a touch of technology truth articles, frequently on debatable issues (suppose, for instance, that Velikovsky was once correct and the orthodox scientists wrong), and you have got a quantity that's an important buy for genuine technological know-how fiction lovers all over.
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The convenience as well as the beauty of the results commended themselves to all. Wherever Chromatistes,—for by that name the most trustworthy authorities concur in calling him,—turned his variegated frame, there he at once excited attention, and attracted respect. No one now needed to "feel" him; no one mistook his front for his back; all his movements were readily ascertained by his neighbours without the slightest strain on their powers of calculation; no one jostled him, or failed to make way for him; his voice was saved the labour of that exhausting utterance by which we colourless Squares and Pentagons are often forced to proclaim our individuality when we move amid a crowd of ignorant Isosceles.
Had the acute-angled rabble been all, without exception, absolutely destitute of hope and of ambition, they might have found leaders in some of their many seditious outbreaks, so able as to render their superior numbers and strength too much even for the wisdom of the Circles. But a wise ordinance of Nature has decreed that in proportion as the working-classes increase in intelligence, knowledge, and all virtue, in that same proportion their acute angle (which makes them physically terrible) shall increase also and approximate to their comparatively harmless angle of the Equilateral Triangle.
E. a Triangle with two sides equal) remains Isosceles still. Nevertheless, all hope is not such out, even from the Isosceles, that his posterity may ultimately rise above his degraded condition. For, after a long series of military successes, or diligent and skillful labours, it is generally found that the more intelligent among the Artisan and Soldier classes manifest a slight increase of their third side or base, and a shrinkage of the two other sides. Intermarriages (arranged by the Priests) between the sons and daughters of these more intellectual members of the lower classes generally result in an offspring approximating still more to the type of the Equal-Sided Triangle.
Catastrophes, Chaos & Convolutions by James P. Hogan