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I use to like that one. The really amusing thing about that one is that the time it came out, there were antiballistic emplacements around Moscow...

 

CM, sadly, Heinlein wasn't there for PR purposes (if he was, his shouting match with Arthur C Clarke at a late '80s Worldcon when Clarke pointed out that orbital weapons were a stupid idea because a handful of nails in a counter rotating orbit would all but vapourise any satellite they were mounted in would surely have lost him that job), but as an ideas man. The three Sf writers involved were Heinlein, Jerry Pournelle (who hasn't shut up about the ten minutes he spent working for NASA while this was foing on ever since) and Larry Niven.

Niven knows his biology, but that wouldn't be very useful for that project. Heinlein had a good grasp of engineering principles during the early stages of his career, but seemed to have lost in interest in those (and, many have suggested, his mind and his talent as well) by the turn of the '70s, and Pournelle is a ridiculous twat who doesn't appear to know his arse from his elbow. Not really the ideal team as ideas men for a military project, I'd have said...

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Hard to argue with the fact that it seems to have worked though.

 

That was more through the USSR failing, than the USA succeeding of course.

 

From the point of view of us not all incinerating it was the best military initiative ever seen, imho.

 

 

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Well possibly, but the USSR was already stretched to breaking point financially with the other "who can piss the highest" contests the 'States drew them into and the occupation of Afghanistan. My own suspicion is that the whole "it wasn't supposed to work, it was just the most expensive scarecrow in history" line is crap, as people involved in the programme were expecting it to produce something that worked. In fact, that line could even be a way to credit Reagan with bankrupting the soviet union to try to excuse what he did to his own country's economy, and make the collapse of the USSR his work, rather than any of the other (often Democrat rather than Republican) Presidents who'd been working on that off and on since the '40s...

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