Mar 312010

I’m currently reading “Call Me Joe” by Poul Anderson in the April, 1957 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine. I’m only a few pages in, but something about it seems vaguely familiar… humans have travelled to a distant gas giant; there they find a world with a toxic atmosphere, so one human, who is confined to a wheelchair, hooks himself up to a machine that reads his mind and projects his senses down to the planet, where he inhabits a blue-skinned alien. When the alien body is tired, he unplugs from it and the alien goes to sleep, and he come sback to his wheelchair-bound human body.

Gosh, that sure seems familiar…

Anyway, I noticed this ad on the back cover. If you take the quiz, you get a reservation for a trip to the moon. A hokey ad gimmick, to be sure… but it’s sad to think that in 1957, the average sci-fi reader was closer to seeing a human walk on the moon than a sci-fi reader of 2010. Gah.

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This seems related to this.

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  • Pat Flannery

    So, “The Report On Unidentified Flying Objects” is a science fiction classic?
    Well, that settles that then, although the plot seemed pretty weak. 😉

  • 2Hotel9

    So, when is the estate of Poul Anderson going to jackhammer sue Jimmie Cameron into bankruptcy? Just checked, Jimmie did not disclose that he used the intellectual property of Mr Anderson for his movie, that is felony theft of intellectual property.

    And yea, it is sad as hell that America is closing its space program, leaving the Solar System and all else to the Chinese and Indians.

  • Skybolt

    Besides, centauroids are better (Anderson had a penchant for centauroids, hadn’t he ? Adzel of the Polesotechic Cycle and “Firetime”‘s Ishtarians for two. And hasn’t anyone heard echoes of a couple of Puck’s stories in it ? A Centurion of the Thirthieth ?)

  • Pat Flannery

    According to the communists, the movie ripped off Soviet writers:

  • Michael Holt

    We need to find someone who actually won of the reservations. Somewhere around here I have my letter and card that Pan Am sent me about their moon trip …. I reserved two seats.

  • Pat Flannery

    According to the movie “2001”, it appears that Dr. Heywood Floyd won the Moon trip. 😉
    I wonder if that was a joke on Kubrick and Clarke’s part in regards to the Pan-Am contest?

  • Michael Llaneza

    Theft of intellectual property is in no sense a felony.

  • Michael Holt

    Dr. Floyd won the trip in the movie?

    I didn’t enter a context. I wrote a letter asking to reserve two seats. They sent me a letter of acceptance and a card for my wallet. I gotta find that ….