HW: Space Poetry

M Holmes fofp at HOLYROOD.ED.AC.UK
Wed Sep 7 06:11:22 EDT 2005

Stephan Forstner writes:

> On Mon, 5 Sep 2005 15:00:40 +0100, M Holmes <fofp at HOLYROOD.ED.AC.UK> wrote:
> >Nick Medford writes:
> >> Just struck me that the "still underage" line in Starfarer's Dispatch
> >> might not help its chances.

> >Though it's relatively (heh!) clear from context that this means that
> >she was too young to undergo cryosleep without parental permission.

> It still means though that the Starfarer is having carnal relations with
> something that has the physical appearance of being 'underage', whatever
> that is interpreted to mean, which could raise eyebrows.

True, but it's not yet illegal to have sex with an android of any age.

> And it brings up a slight logical problem (maybe problem is too strong a
> word) that has always bugged me - even if she were underage at the time of
> the Starfarer's leavetaking, in a few years she would have reached the age
> of majority, or consent, or right-to-freezedry, or what-have-you, and get
> herself frozen then, assuming she really WANTED to wait for him

Indeed, I'd wondered about that too. Poetic license I guess.

> Great poetry shouldn't be nit-picked.

Heh. I bet our English teachers would be proud of us. I know mine would
be stunned to hear that I even voluntarily read any poetry, never mind
indulge in crit.


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