More Power ? We Canna Take Much More!
by Ernest Lilley
SFRevu Column ISBN/ITEM#: 0510EL
Date: October 1, 2005 / Show Article /
From official release/information:
This months classic SF concept due for review is power, more or less. From "Doc" Smith's inertialess space drives, hurtling through the void at hyper velocities to James T. Kirk's belligerent broadcast to the beleaguered Scotty to come up with more power (not to mention Tim Taylor's Tool Time tag line for the same) the common belief in SF has always been that really advanced technology meant massive power on tap anytime, anywhere. Heinlein's characters happily lugged around "batteries" that could run a house for a week, and who could forget the end of the first "Back to the Future", when the Prof pulls up in his hybrid Delorean...converted to Mr. Fusion power? More than anything, it's the lack of power that has prevented these visions from coming true. Well, along with relativistic limits, but that's another story. Ironically, that's really a good thing, and I'm not just making lemonade because all we have is low power lemons. True, I'm making lemonade but the fact is I really like it...and it's good for you. The truth is that we really can't take much more power, and we don't really need it.