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Christopher Cerf

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Omfatter også følgende navne: Christopher Cerf, Ed. Christopher Cerf

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Eksperterne udtaler - (1998) 221 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Book of Sequels (1990) 89 eksemplarer
The Gulf War Reader: History, Documents, Opinions (1991) — Redaktør — 74 eksemplarer
The Vintage Anthology of Science Fantasy. (1966) — Redaktør — 66 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The 80s: A Look Back at the Tumultuous Decade 1980-1989 (1979) — Redaktør — 60 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Blackie, The Horse Who Stood Still (2006) 37 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Official Sexually Correct Dictionary and Dating Guide (1994) — Forfatter — 31 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Prisoner of Vega (1977) — Forfatter — 31 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
The Truth Machine (1975) — Forfatter — 28 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser

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The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time (2002) — Forord, nogle udgaver6,612 eksemplarer, 68 anmeldelser
The Sesame Street Songbook: 64 Favorite Songs (1992) — Komponist — 36 eksemplarer
Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street [2021 film] (2021) — Actor — 7 eksemplarer

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Having been down with a cold for a few days, I was in the mood for some humor. Here are a few things that struck me.


"What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives traveling twice as fast as stagecoaches?
—The Quarterly Review, England, March 1825

"[T]hat any general system of conveying passengers would ... go at a velocity exceeding ten miles an hour, or thereabouts, is extremely improbable.
—Thomas Tredgold (British railroad designer), Practical Treatise on Railroads and Carriages, 1835

"Railways can be of no advantage to rural areas, since agricultural products are too heavy or too voluminous to be transported by them.”
—F.-J.-B. Noel, "The Railroads Will Be Ruinous for France, and Especially for the Cities Through Which They Go" (pamphlet), 1842

"Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.“
—Dr. Dionysus Lardner (1793—1859) (Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy at University College, London)
(Page 251)



“But as a means of amusement, the idea of aerial travel has cumbersome great promise.... We shall fly for pleasure.”
—T. Baron Russell, A Hundred Years Hence, 1905

"[Al popular fallacy is to expect enormous speed to be obtained … [T]here is no hope of [the airplane's] competing for racing speed with either our locomotives or our automobiles.
—William Henry Pickering (American astronomer at Harvard College Observatory), Aeronautics, 1908

"[T]he aeroplane ... is not capable of unlimited magnification. It is not likely that it will ever carry more than five or seven passengers. High-speed monoplanes will carry even less.
—Waldemar Kaempfert (Managing Editor of Scientific American and author of The New Art of Flying), "Aircraft and the Future, " Outlook, June 28, 1913


[A photograph of ] “Nevada Civil Defense observers, all but a few of whose eyesight was preserved by protective glasses, marveled at the sight of the May 5, 1955 "Operation Cue" atomic blast, which was set off in the atmosphere a mere seven-and-a-half miles from their lookout point.”

”In 1982, Dr. Clark Heath, an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, testified in a negligence lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by Utah cancer victims. According to Dr. Heath, from 5 to 20 times the expected number Of leukemia cases had been contracted in fallout zones associated with atmospheric atomic tests conducted during the 1950s. Dr. Glyn G. Caldwell, also of the Centers for Disease Control, testified that the number of leukemia deaths among troops observing a 1957 A-test was three times higher than normal.”
[see also: The Radiation-Hazard Bugaboo, page 2381
(Page 272)


I remember as I child we were advised not to eat the livers of deer that we shot.
Only much later in life did I learn that dad and other workers in the Utah Red Wash oil field got a sunburn from the Nevada nuclear tests.
… (mere)
 
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bread2u | 2 andre anmeldelser | May 15, 2024 |
I can't believe this thing is real. The Klingons look like...no Klingons that ever graced TV screens. Kirk, Spock and Bones spend most of the book in disguise in leotards. I cannot even. It's one of my favorite Star Trek objects for how utterly seriously it takes itself and how utterly ridiculous it is.
 
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everystartrek | 3 andre anmeldelser | Jan 20, 2023 |
The Enterprise is headed to Vega III to sign a trade treaty, to get Korium. The way the book phrases it sounds a bit ominous, though:

Vega III had a large supply of Korium, a rare metal used to build new starships. The United Federation of Planets needed Korium. The Vegans were going to give it to the Federation. The Prisoner of Vega (1977-10), 6


When they arrive, they are told they must leave or be destroyed. Kirk is friends with Queen Vanadala, though, and knows something must be wrong, so Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to investigate.

On the planet, they find that Klingons have taken over Vega III and imprisoned Queen Vanadala in order to take the valuable Korium for themselves. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy knock out three Klingon guards and steal their clothing in order to observe undetected (knowing, as we all do, that Augment Klingons are indistinguishable from humans).

They meet the Klingon leader, and Spock recognizes him:
"It is Commander Kalor!" whispered Spock. "The meanest Klingon of them all. I have met him before." The Prisoner of Vega (1977-10), 22


Our heroes are captured and imprisoned with Queen Vanadala, then all four are taken out to be executed. However, Kirk comes up with a cunning plan: stall for a few minutes until the time they have arranged for Scotty to beam them all back up, so they will be saved.

He does and they are.

Like The Truth Machine, it's not much of a story, but it's a picture book, so... good enough.
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Sopoforic | 3 andre anmeldelser | Sep 29, 2020 |
A children's picture book.

The Enterprise receives a distress signal from the fifth planet of the star Fomalhaut--it seems that dinosaurs are terrorizing the populace, destroying their cities. The Enterprise rushes to their aid, and Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to investigate.

There are no dinosaurs. Instead, they encounter Colonel Kragg, who informs them that his armies are prepared to take over the universe--as soon as they learn the secret of the Warp Drive. And they will get it, too: they have a machine that can force a man to tell the truth.

Spock volunteers to be subjected to the machine, on the theory that if any of them can resist, it will be him, but it seems that his plan has failed. On command, he draws up plans for a warp engine.

In only two days, an engine has been built and placed into one of the Fomalhaut warships, but when they test the ship--it explodes! Spock has told a lie of omission--he did not inform them that if the dilithium crystals were not cut just so, then their ships would explode.

In the confusion, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are able to get the drop on the men of Fomalhaut, and return to the ship with Kragg as their prisoner.

A silly, simple story, with silly, simple language, but what do you expect from a picture book? As for the ending, well... we all remember "The Enterprise Incident", don't we? As Spock said, then, "It is not a lie to keep the truth to oneself."
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Sopoforic | 1 anden anmeldelse | Feb 24, 2020 |

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