Thursday, October 04, 2007

Sputnik: My Part in its Downfall

Amidst all this fiftieth anniversary stuff, I've been trying all morning to think of a way of standing up that headline. But I can't. Though, a few years later, I do remember thinking too much fuss was being made about all such projects in view of what had been happening in sci-fi for decades. So perhaps my dandyish indifference was my part in Sputnik's downfall. Anyway, that gives me a chance to recommend, in case I have not done so already, the works of Stanislaw Lem, the second greatest SF writer after H.G.Wells. Everybody knows Solaris, of course, but try Fiasco, a compelling and utterly weird read.


  1. But I thought it was a catapult shot from your back garden that sent Sputnik careering wildly off course and set the Russian space effort back by years. You're too modest, Bryan.

  2. Surprised to see the unwholesome appearance of gun fetishism on this blog.

  3. I don't think too much fuss has been made about Sputnik. Sattelite communication has transformed the world and forms a huge industry. All the money the USSR and America shot into space is falling back down in the form of GPS and sattelite TV.