Comments: Another Book Meme

Heinlein came close for me: I thought about "Time Enough for Love" and "Glory Road" on my list. "Godel Escher Bach" is definitely a book for Robbo. I've never read "Lucifer's Hammer" but I probably will now.

Posted by The Colossus at March 18, 2005 06:44 AM

You should definitely read Lucifer's Hammer. It reads a lot like a Tom Clancy book, so be sure to set aside a few hours for when you get to the part where you can't put it down!

Some of it is dated (a few of the characters are Soviet astronauts), but I can't think of many howling anachronisms in this 30-year old story.

Posted by JohnL at March 18, 2005 08:03 AM

Would you really call Friday a cyborg? I don't remember her having any mechanical enhancements, besides her courier pouch.

Working on my book meme.

Posted by owlish at March 18, 2005 10:29 PM

She is an artificial person (I went and did an Amazon "search inside the book" search on "artificial").

Posted by JohnL at March 18, 2005 11:12 PM

"Artificial Person", or AP, in the book "Friday" was the derogatory term used for clones produced in a laboratory. Friday, the woman, was a clone who had been genetically enhanced to be a superwoman, better hearing and vision, genius IQ but mentally stable, ultra fast reflexes, much stronger than the average human.

There were cyborgs in the book also, but Friday wasn't one of them. The government was trying to put cyborgs in place as pilots of semi-ballistic passenger liners and the pilot's union was fighting it.

I just re-read the book a couple of months ago. :-)

Posted by Eric at March 20, 2005 11:49 PM

Yup, that's what I remembered.

My book meme post is here.

Posted by owlish at March 21, 2005 09:33 AM

I stand corrected, then. It's been a number of years since I read "Friday." I've updated the post.

Posted by JohnL at March 21, 2005 09:45 AM
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