extropians: Re: Keeping up with the Joneses

Re: Keeping up with the Joneses

Technotranscendence (neptune@mars.superlink.net)
Wed, 26 May 1999 18:36:14 -0400 (EDT)

At 12:56 PM 5/26/99 -0700, Eugene Leitl <eugene.leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de> wrote:
> > notarized and I'm set. Folks at the office were joking about getting
> > me a special spacesuit with a built-in guillotine and a liquid
> > nitrogen bottle. Nice to know they care...
>Stanislav Lem covered that ground with built-in guillotine
>vitrificators in his diglators (crawl-in walking machine)
>in Fiasko.

Actually, there was no guillotine in them. It was whole body. At least, this was how it was in the English translation.

But the concept should not be taken as a joke. The point in the novel was to have a last chance at life if the pilot of the walker (diglator) was in grave danger.


Daniel Ust