Promos, Planes, & Hackle

From: Paul Kemner <>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 1996 08:25:46 -0400 (EDT)

From: (Kay Chang)
Oops! Well, it should count for something that they're showing SK promos again.
BTW: We've got a cat that's older than you! How's that for scary?

On biplanes: Didn't the Russkies use some sort of biplane fighter in WWII? I
thought I had read something about them ages ago, and one was also used in a
recent Harry Turtledove historical fic. (and he's very accurate, as far as I
can tell)

Could be that MWI was a trenches-and-artillery sort of affair, but that
aviation was still in the lighter-than-air stage (Armored Zeps with light
artillery guns! Oh boy! They would appeal to a navy-dominated military-
Battleships of the Skies. Who would think that those flimsy wood-and-cloth
toys would be good for anything in war?) MWII could have the mech cavalry of
WWII, but with biplanes. Or the Kat planet could have
one-country(city-state) per island if it's mostly H2O with no large
continents. Then the navy would dominate- and they certainly didn't like
planes or carriers when they were new!

Hackle(von Braun) and the rocket thing- I think that might account for why
he keeps trying to reform Mac & Molly. He signed on with the bad guys
because he thought that was the only way to take Kats to the Stars. (flash
to a young Hackle as consultant to Die Katt in Monde {cf Fritz Lang's Die
Frau im Monde-1929 film, kids). Of course Hackle was kept isolated in the
development compound, so he wouldn't have heard any morale-destroying news,
but he still feels guilty about being on the wrong side. Robots, he reasons,
don't have any of the illogical hatreds, failures, and reflexes of his
former masters, so he can create something that's truly good. He's not
senile! But he can't believe that Mac & Molly are truly bad. He must have
made a slight miscalculation somewhere- something that is possible to fix.
Without their agressive hormones, M&M should be pure beings with a desire to
help Katkind. That's why he keeps hauling them back & fixing them.

Paul Kemner
who doesn't always remember to switch off his business sig file

Received on Tue Apr 23 1996 - 09:08:49 PDT

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