Post by William Hyde Post by Lynn McGuire
Uh, this may be a commentary on something I just cannot put my finger on.
Though the note cites Stevenson, the first example of Kessler syndrome that I can recall in SF is from Joan Vinge's "World's End".
It's not Kessler, but James White's "Deadly Litter" (1959)
is about the crime of leaving trash in orbit where someone
will fly into it sometime with unhilarious consequences.
I think it's one of White's where all is not as it seems.
Another of White's, whose title I seem to forget - if it
isn't this one - concerns a passenger flight approaching
Earth that gets its sensors eliminated by hitting some
previous ship's "cargo net" if I remember right...
I've just found something that claims that's "Outrider"
(1955) in _Futures Past_, but approaching Mars. Not how
I remember it.
In the 1954 series of BBC radio's _Journey into Space_,
our fleet heading for Mars encounters a meteor "swarm".
This suggests I should check _Edison's Conquest of Mars_
(1898) - but I won't - and that maybe it /is/ something
about the Planet of Petulance that has it in for