Post by Robert Carnegie Post by James Nicoll
Doing the Math: Aliens and Advanced Tech in Science Fiction
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SPE2B. See Marooned in Realtime. I remember that Della found one
collapsed (but still occupied by an insane defender) civilzation, or
if there were many in her exploration run.
SPE3: In Niven's known space, the Outsiiders, Puppeteers, the Pak,
and the Grog's are ancient. All the other species are essentially
human-equivalent. The Pak and the Grog each have a non-intelligent
breeder level, with intelligence arriving AFTER breeding. The
Outsiders are vastly different in design from the rest. This theory
has to hand-wave away the Puppeteers. Sigh.
Anyhow, the Trintun designed a galaxy-spanning telepathic command
helmet to "DIE!!!". Designed to milspec in a world that has stasis
boxes, perhaps the perp would emerge every ten thousand years or so
and yell "DIE!!!: at the galaxy once more, and every species that had
developed intelligence vanished. Eventually his stasis generator wore
out or he died, and evolution could resume among all the
not-quite-sentent species such as habilis. We need 4M years of
mind-control peace plus some (for the Pak library history), but that
brings us all into roughly the same epoch.
We are geeks. Resistance is voltage over current.