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Kev's comments from the SciFi and Fantasy Book Club group.

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1865 Its interesting to compare the actual ending to the type of story that "the artilleryman" imagined. If Wells had gone with the artilleryman's idea, he could have spun it out into a trilogy at least!

As Wells was a pacifist, the ending makes a lot of sense. The ending, like Wells, was more about science than war. I can't help but feel it was a little anti-climactic, but it makes more sense in the context of the themes of the book.
1865 It was a pleasure to be reading such a well-written book. I loved the clear careful descriptive style - a welcome relief from the choppy imagistic modern SF novel.
I kept having to remind myself about the world of 1898. Isn't it interesting that civilians showed up at the gravel pit long before any official government or military presence? No cars, no radios. It took days for them to bring in artillery. Despite all this, Wells' Martians seemed technologically menacing to me - that black gas was eerie. Not to mention the premeditated and military way in which they established their bridgehead. They didn't just land and start blowing things up. I still got a thrill thinking of the towering tripods with their threatening vantage point and their invincible heat rays. My impression? They don't make them like they used to!
1865 I hadn't really thought about this before, but now that I do, it seems very plausible.

I wonder if Wells' book was playing on a subconscious guilt? The British had destroyed many people and societies with superior fire-power and technology. Maybe Wells and many readers at the time felt some retribution was in order?

It makes a person wonder about the use of technology and power ....

Reminds me os Starship Troopers and The Word for World is Forest.
1865 Maybe I'm reaching a bit, but I thought that shifgrethor was a combination of our idea of "face" mixed with the inertia of Karhide society. I felt that LeGuin was extrapolating from how a society would develop under the opression of such a cold climate. One of the ways, they adapt is to become passive and enduring. Being a Canadian, I can relate to this approach to long cold winters. A frigid inhospitable climate tends to make a person passive (what can you do about the weather?) So, I think that shifgrethor is sort of a Gethen way to protect themselves from the risk of social change (or rapid change at least). A way of acting by not acting. Its kind of like the Dao idea of accepting things as they are.
I found Faxe's comments revealing in this:
"Yes, There's really only one question that can be answered .... and we already know the answer .... the only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next."
1865 My favorite book in the Hainish series was The Dispossessed, but Left Hand of Darkness was a close second. My favorite of all her books was Always Coming Home, which took a while to get into, but was worth it. A memorable book.
Jun 19, 2009 11:49AM

1865 I enjoyed Strangers From the Sky. The situation where the Vulcans encounter humans for the first time is one of my favorites. We had such a short taste of this in First Contact.

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