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I have thought a great deal about the best possible human future I
have read about in science fiction. In my view, the Star Trek future,
especially as epitomized in _The Next Generation_, _Voyagers_ and _Deep
Space 9_ to be the best conceived human futures I have read. I think
that the social structure is the best solution I have seen for the
problem presented by the end of scarcity, despite some glaring
Gene Roddenberry was an idealist and a peacenik. I knew him
tangentially through Bjo Trimble and Star Trek fandom, and (at
Bjo's suggestion) I, living in Berkeley, went onto Telegraph
Avenue and bought him a peace symbol. It made him very happy.
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One such omission is the fact the human beings seem to have the
technology for indefinite lifespans but seem not to have noticed.
Extra-long life is generally considered to be not an unmixed
blessing. There's a novel just out about a man with a lifespan
The protagonist's modus vivendi consists of Keep moving, Don't
attract attention, and Never fall in love.
I would like to live longer than I expect to, but only if it
doesn't involve getting senile, as my grandfather did; he lived
to be 90 and near-witless.
On my to-be-read shelf sits the German edition of _Momo_ (Ende, 1973).
_Momo_'s at the trail head of one artistic path that leads to a movie
released in 2011 called _In Time_. This particular path goes from _Momo_
to "Time Is Money" (Falk, 1975) to the 1985 movie _The Price of Life_
and finally to the 2011 movie.
_In Time_'s Fed uses time instead of greenbacks. Wealthy people have
all of the time in the world, which they steal from the working poor.
Your banked time decrements and you stop aging at the age of twenty-
five. When you run out of time, you die.
There's a wealthy guy at the start of the movie with over a century
of time banked. The guy's already centuries old when he proclaims that
people just need to die after one lifetime, him too.
The protagonist in _Healer_ (Wilson) is virtually immortal. The
story's undercurrent is that it can be hell to go on living while
those around you die.
That premise also appears at the start of _Time Enough for Love_
(RAH). Unfortunately, your eight deadly words appeared to me after about
a hundred pages into the Heinlein.
Bjo's an interesting name. Bee-Joe? Speaking of Bjo and Roddenberry,
this world desperately needs more peaceniks and less military-