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His Littul Kittons

Posted on | July 29, 2011 | No Comments


The fascinating thing is that these wondrously odd yet stupendously naive stories are the product of a mind that should have been in the know. A casual stroll through Wikipedia shows his fascinating background; his godfather the man who spawned the Chinese revolution, he obtained a PhD in political science by the age of 23, he was close confidant to Chiang Kai-shek, a colonel in the US army, one of the founders of the modern discipline of psychological warfare…

On the one hand, I suspect that long-term human space travel, if it ever happens, will entail a transformation of a habermanesque  degree, yet on the other, I cannot shake the feeling that the politics of his books is at the level of playground intrigue we engaged in as kids. Somewhat baroque and occasionally deviant, but still unmistakably childish. Yet, he was there, he met the people, he did the work, and the thought that that’s how high-level politicking works, unless he deliberately made it more naive than it really is… it is slightly terrifying.

On the other hand, he did sort Mother Hitton’s beasties not only in the wrong species, and not only in the wrong genus, and not only in the wrong family, he sorted them in the wrong suborder, so what does he know, eh?

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