Re: sociotechnic correlations

Michael Lorrey (
Thu, 17 Jul 1997 18:34:13 -0400

Anton Sherwood wrote:
> thus spake Mike Lorrey, Inventor of the Lorrey Drive--
> : In this respect, I would guess that any advanced travelers would
> : be descended from free enterprisers that wouldn't let a star systems
> : bureaucracy slow them down.
> I wish I could remember what story had a character say, on first contact,
> "If they've reached the stars, they must be socialist like us."

Well, if they can't seem to keep their environmental systems operating
for more than a few weeks at a time, they must be socialist. If their
automated systems are too stupid to be able to dock without rupturing a
space station, they must be socialist (this past months Mir saga is not
the first. When we did the Apollo/Soyuz mission in the 70's, the US
carried up the docking ring and did all of the docking maneuvering, even
though we were more heavily loaded.)

			Michael Lorrey
------------------------------------------------------------		Inventor of the Lorrey Drive

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