At least they mostly tried though. Furthermore, the bulk of this story is a non-fiction discussion on rocket propulsion, and it elides into fiction so gently, and presents a conspiracy so plausible and reasonable, that you want to believe the rest is true as well. I resemble one of those! It took me a wee while to be able to watch really amateur stuff again, because almost by definition they do everything badly. It's often a disguise so that unpalatable things can be said while pretending that it's unrelated to anything that's really happening. For ten years I would only find three or four books every quarter, and they were all British reprints. Weber fills space with freighters, which is actually a lot more believable, at least until the replicator systems are up and running in Next Generation. Some things require lots of miserable work to maintain an adequate supply of good quality of that thing.
More comical than a caricature of himself, the lizard lovin' roadrunner is a regular cactus-country cutup, a zany zygodactyl, and a desert dragster, a kooky cuckoo clocked at 15mph. But in general, Star Wars is like Dune, where the creator and later Lucasbooks contrived a bunch of in-universe reasons for why everything is the way it is. My phrase in quotes has to do with a plot point. There are huge numbers of books set in and around the Civil War, and they will keep coming. I don't feel that way. The ten percent difference is solely due to technology and not economic system.
Bailing on the remainder in a page or three. Stack that with the eight deadly words, and it's not worth the time. He writes the Laundry Files series and the Merchant Princes series. A pool of half a dozen femilies had less statistical variance in its fortunes than a single family. They bring moisture from the ocean and cool us off.
I believe mistresses and concubines have been a feature of human civilization since before Mesopotamia Passport: Ignoring the fact that several ancient civilizations had a similar document that functions as a passport, a passport is a sign of industrialization and a powerful centralized state. Their divergences from internal consistency seemed largely intentional. However, it is questionable whether an industrial revolution would have happened without the following characteristics: a method to spread risk for high capital projects and a high population growth due to demographic transitions the root of the modern police and passport? It might make more sense to ask what passports would be like in a world with greatly reduced xenophobia. Even the current automation craze seems more of a fad and effort to accumulate wealth by getting rid of paid workers with poorly performing, or at least more vulnerable, but unpaid machines. That said, we're going to have systems of exchange, no matter what.
The Victorian obsession with respectability was a reaction to the French Revolution; the Victorians were very well aware of what happens when the upper classes lose the respect of the lower classes. You know - Harvard, Wharton, Stanford. A few years back I began to realize I liked fiction with characters that are like the people I work and live with - not always white, or male, or straight or abled. Once you start digging into Middle Earth, you notice that firstly, it's heavily under-populated for the sort of social and cultural infrastructure levels being posited. Well, also there was a real life organization that ran a multinational bank in analogous medieval Europe - the Knights Templar. I think we should see world building as a positive that adds value, not as a requirement with which we need to comply.
There are innumerable stories with English pre-mechanisation agricultural settings of the kind the Shire is based on, some written at the time and some as historical fiction. It was really my way of getting a sense of the movement of the spaceships. Also most people probably cannot realize many of those issues, because of lack of education in science, economy, history + lack of imagination, which is why these books can have success. I do want a good story and characters I feel involved with, but it's even better if they emerge from a world that's richly detailed and interestingly different. Therefore when a mountain range parallels a sea, it has a rain shadow. There might also be edible seaweeds and the like.
And I'd rather have them follow Greg's Peelian Principles, which our's are supposed to do but unfortunately they are steadily getting more Americanized. And maybe those different irritating people edited out for whatever apocalyptic reason or poor editorial advice. Careful, though, about what you want to read - I'm still trying to find an agent to handle a novel set on an interstellar colony 300-400 years from now, fighting an invasion which was partly broken, so it's years long and the hero is not, in fact, a warewolf and yes, there are very unpleasant reasons that happens. In the year 2018, a bold bank robbery has occured at Hayek Associates. When I took a course in Fortran, lo, in the youth of the world, my instructor always had the class do one problem which I know, since I worked there, also : simulate fleas on a dog.
I could argue during the first battle that the aliens were so arrogant and assured of victory that they purposefully avoided using long range weapons for fun. You may think that this isn't actually central to your work: you're trying to tell a story about human relationships, why get worked up about the average spacing of asteroids when the real purpose of the asteroid belt is to give your protagonists a tense situation to survive and a shared experience to bond over? If you build a world where everyone knows everything and never makes a mistake, you have cut yourself off from a lot of story structure and most likely any audience. And it's even worse when you consider that there's another mountain range to their immediate north, the Grey Mountains, which run directly into the Misty Mountains and form a kind of triangle, which means weather systems that move down from the north should also be dumping their moisture there too. I'll grant you, it's a proper mediaeval attitude, but it still doesn't make much sense. Like everyone else, I'm a work in progress. Now, what's my problem with contemporary science fiction? With luck and care, the child remains close and helps you when you're in trouble.
Oddly, this is one underappreciated reason that it's easier to write fantasy. And maybe it's because the sort of world-building and level of detail that makes what we think of as a great book is probably a lot of very hard work, that not all authors are prepared to do. The joke is that the disparity between the apparent triviality and actual utter impracticality of the idea means that people keep suggesting it and other people get fed up with explaining to them why it won't work, so even mentioning it is a bit of a red rag in certain quarters. Disney not only owns the princesses, it also owns half the superheroes Marvel and Star Wars. The people acted in ways that were believable given the stated situation, even though the situation wasn't believable. I did find Townsend's books. It used to make perfect sense - if aiming is difficult but you've got a machine gun, then just keep on squirting until you get the aim right.