At 12:04 PM 5/27/99 +1000, Emlyn O'Regan <Emlyn.ORegan@actew.com.au> wrote:
>>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.
>I'd like to see someone come up with the instructions about what
>constitutes "grave danger" here.
And I would not.:)
>It reminds me of Zaphod Beeblebrox's
>sunglasses in Hitch Hiker's Guide (although it is a bit more positive).
The point in the novel, which was not all that humorous (can hardly imagine Lem even cracking a smile), was to give someone who probably didn't have a chance to live that chance. I could see someone, say, running out of air in space choosing cryosuspension over suffocation and rotting.