TO READ FOR NEXT WEEK:
Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven
DISCUSSION OF LAST WEEK'S READING:
Prompts for discussion
Slow Sculpture: it's sci-fi right? So what role does science and technology play here? How does it fit into the "slow sculpture" moral presented?
Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones How does class or societal commentary come into play here?
And remember to vote for your favorites for next week
Ongoing list of material to vote on
The Day the Earth Stood Still
I, Robot (book)
Watchbird by Robert Sheckley
Equoid by Charles Stross
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I finished Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones.
Society is static: pick-pockets pick pockets, hustlers hustle, and the big time racketeers run their show. Politicians run their anti-organized-crime campaigns, and the regular service police fight cringe wherever they can. And nothing much changes.
Special Services is the only organisation that really has the knowledge and ability to direct the balance of power, and they don't go after the biggest crime bosses, they prevent rising criminals from building organizations big enough to change the balance of power. Not entirely effective, due to lack of interplanetary cooperation.
Special Services isn't a force for good, evil, justice, or illegality. It's the most powerful organization and it is a force against change.