Re: THE SPIKE in the USA by end of 2000

Robert J. Bradbury (
Tue, 7 Dec 1999 20:04:48 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 7 Dec 1999, Spike Jones wrote:

> [Damien Broderick's] ...popular science book THE SPIKE, will ...
> Cool! Will carry it? Great title! {8-] spike

Well, I'm not so sure. Every time I think about the book it brings up those images of Vlad the Impaler and his poor victims back during the dark ages. Then that leads to the recognition that D.B. is from Australia where they sent "criminals". Now, seriously, I've been to Australia, and while it isn't "Paradise" it is quite a long way from "Hell on Earth". Come on... You have to belive the English justice system was going a bit soft... "I hereby sentence you to life imprisonment in Australia"

     "Oh no me lord, not that, anything but that...."
         ... as they are lead away grinning slyly to themselves...

Kind of like being "uploaded" as a sub-sub-SI where you have 3 minutes of work to do each millennia and the rest of your time off you have the run of the holo-VR.

Now in contrast, Vlad was a *serious* fellow, no vacation punishments for his victims.

If the SPIKE is describing the "criminals" sent to Australia path of reality, then I'll be glad to sign up. If the SPIKE is describing the VtI path of reality then I may take a spectator position.

Disclaimers: I haven't read the SPIKE, though I will someday, and I'll lay open claim to having a bit of fun at Damien's expense with no harm intended.