Re. Science fiction and transhumanist memes
Fri, 9 Jul 1999 01:24:40 EDT

>I thought "Songs from the Stars" was one of the most well-thought-out SF
>novels I'd read up to that point and would still recommend it today.
>Question: Has anyone considered that the basic technological idea behind
>Sagan's "Contact" seemed lifted pretty much in toto from "Songs"?

I thought that came across loud and clear, as a matter of fact. I was really disappointed with Sagan's novel--though I thought the movie was excellent, though it had a few technical flaws that really bugged me. As far as the SETI paradigm goes, I'm enthusiastic but skeptical. It's certainly a worthy endeavor. The scenario in Moravec's "Mind Children" excites me a hell of a lot more.

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