History Literature / StarmanJones

23rd Sep '16 1:59:42 PM FordPrefect
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** Heinlein and computers always was... an odd combination, to say the least. He made an equally bizarre description of a computerized missile aiming in the ''Literature/CitizenOfTheGalaxy'', and his description of ''Gay Deceiver'' main computer is one of the highlights of TechnologyMarchesOn page. It is possible that he simply didn't really understand computers and, anyway, he was consistently behind the curve: 1953 was the year the very first ''high level'' [[ProgrammingLanguages Programming Language]], FORTRAN, was being readied for release by IBM, finally allowing programmers more or less ''natural'' communication with their machines.
** Another odd thing is the need to look the binary values up in tables at all. As any programmer who really worked with binaries can attest, these combinations burn themselves into the memory ''very'' quickly it's not unlike simply learning the new alphabet, actually. So with some experience a programmer could only cast a glance at the "blinkenlights", as they were called on the early computers, to immediately know the value without any conversion.

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** Heinlein and computers always was... an odd combination, to say the least. He made an equally bizarre description of a computerized missile aiming in the ''Literature/CitizenOfTheGalaxy'', and his description of the ''Gay Deceiver'' main computer is one of the highlights of TechnologyMarchesOn page. It is possible that he simply didn't really understand computers and, anyway, he was consistently behind the curve: 1953 was the year the very first ''high level'' [[ProgrammingLanguages Programming Language]], FORTRAN, was being readied for release by IBM, finally allowing programmers more or less ''natural'' communication with their machines.
** Another odd thing is the need to look the binary values up in tables at all. As any programmer who really worked with binaries can attest, these combinations burn themselves into the memory ''very'' quickly it's not unlike simply learning the new alphabet, actually. So with some experience a programmer could only just cast a glance at the "blinkenlights", as they were called on the early computers, to immediately know the value without any conversion.
4th May '16 5:14:22 AM JackG
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* VariantChess: [=3D=] chess, but with different types of spaceship taking the place of medieval figures.
4th May '16 5:07:58 AM JackG
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* TheChainsOfCommanding: Fortunately everyone wants Max to succeed, so when he's suddenly elevated to TheCaptain he's given a lot of subtle advise on how to behave.

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* TheChainsOfCommanding: Fortunately everyone wants Max to succeed, so when he's suddenly elevated to TheCaptain he's given a lot of subtle advise advice on how to behave.
16th Apr '16 2:48:36 AM JackG
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* TheChainsOfCommanding: Fortunately everyone wants Max to succeed, so when he's suddenly elevated to TheCaptain he's given a lot of subtle advise on how to behave.



* TheNavigator: Not just in space. After being rescued, Max is able to work out the direction back to camp at night because he can navigate by the stars.

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* TheNavigator: Not just in space. After being rescued, Max is able to work out the direction back to camp at night because he can navigate by the stars.
16th Apr '16 2:45:25 AM JackG
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* TheNavigator: Not just in space. After being rescued, Max is able to work out the direction back to camp at night because he can navigate by the stars.


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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Turns out Ellie is a champion at 3D chess, which Max was supposedly teaching her.
16th Apr '16 2:32:48 AM JackG
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* JustOneMan: Sam does a one-man mission to rescue Max and Ellie, because a larger force would be detected and wiped out. And he did this because Max is the only person who can save their lives, thanks to his PhotographicMemory.



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16th Apr '16 2:29:16 AM JackG
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sam robs Max of his books and ID and tries to pass himself off as Max to the Guild. Later he helps Max get into space and consistently aids him, eventually performing a HeroicSacrifice.


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16th Apr '16 2:22:33 AM JackG
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* DidNotGetTheGirl: By choice; at the end of the novel, Max has chosen a career in space as opposed to a comfortable life with upper class Ellie.
16th Apr '16 2:18:51 AM JackG
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* DestroyTheEvidence: The officer who got them stranded attempts this, but fortunately Kelly insists on photographing everything first. Unfortunately he also disposes of the ship's log which they need to NowDoItAgainBackwards, so Max's memory becomes essential.

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* DestroyTheEvidence: The officer who got them stranded attempts this, but fortunately Kelly insists on photographing everything first. Unfortunately he also disposes of the ship's log which they need to NowDoItAgainBackwards, so Max's memory becomes essential.



* RecycledInSpace: The story is basically Creator/HoratioAlger IN SPACE!

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* RecycledInSpace: The story is basically Creator/HoratioAlger Creator/HoratioAlgerJr IN SPACE!
16th Apr '16 2:17:45 AM JackG
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* DestroyTheEvidence: The officer who got them stranded attempts this, but fortunately Kelly insists on photographing everything first. Unfortunately he also disposes of the ship's log which they need to NowDoItAgainBackwards, so Max's memory becomes essential.

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* DestroyTheEvidence: The officer who got them stranded attempts this, but fortunately Kelly insists on photographing everything first. Unfortunately he also disposes of the ship's log which they need to NowDoItAgainBackwards, so Max's memory becomes essential.



* RecycledInSpace: The story is basically Horatio Alger IN SPACE!

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* RecycledInSpace: The story is basically Horatio Alger Creator/HoratioAlger IN SPACE!
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