Born to do Math 137 - Woe to the Math Man (3)
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
September 22, 2019[Beginning of recorded material]
Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What are the general problems in science fiction?
Rick Rosner: Sometimes, or even often, science fiction is built around addressing a specific aspect of the future world. For instance, I just finished The Murder Bot Diaries, which I just finished and highly recommend set about 300 years from now.
It is an AI plus some human brain matter security robot of the future. He is called "Murder Bot." He calls himself the Murder Bot. I came in on the 3rd and 4th ones. I don't know the beginning. But he is really good at killing other robots.
He does security. That's what he does. Actually, it does a semi-decent job of depicting a lot of the aspects of the future. It is really good. I like it. They work this into the culture with Murder Bot taking a lot of time in storage.
A lot of time is spent in transit between space stations or planets. I don't know if he ever goes down to a planet. Basically, he watches T.V. and movies. So, at least, those are part of the future world. But we never see what like is like on planets.
Basically, he spends a lot of time in space offices and space hotels built around as hubs to space stations. He spends a lot of time on rocket ships and a lot of one novel on a terraforming craft floating above the surface of a planet.
But the world isn't fully fleshed out because the books concentrate on the adventures of this security robot and the people that he protects. Now, probably, the author has a much more fleshed out view of the world based on all the thinking she had to do to write these four novels.
At the same time, her thinking is not presented beyond the books. If you could sit her down and ask her, "What is like on Earth like? How many planets been colonized? How does your FTL drive work? What were the aliens who brought FTL drive who discovered it? How did we stumble upon the aliens work?"
She would be able to answer a lot of questions about how the world would be. Her thinking does not need to be as laid out and non-contradictory as if she were writing. Maybe, in her other books, things take place on the planets Murder Bot is in; and she has a fleshed out picture of what it is going to be like.
But! That's not necessarily clear from the Murder Bot series. That's, often, the case with stuff like Star Trek. Star Trek very seldom goes to Earth. In the first series of Star Trek, the one with Spock and Kirk. If they went to Earth, it was in a different period or going back in time to the Nazi period.
I am not sure. In that, I think there were 88 episodes of the original Star Trek. I am not sure that they ever touched down on planet Earth in whatever fucking year it is supposed to be. So, everything happened on the freaking Starship Enterprise or on some alien planet.
So, they didn't have to flesh out what life was like on Earth. Or where it was fleshed out, obviously, people are still walking around in human bodies almost entirely augmented. You don't get augmented human bodies until the Borg enter in one of the series.
By the way, there's a whole sex scandal that led to Obama becoming Senator from Illinois that involves a borg, Seven of Nine, the actress Jei Ryan. Her husband was a perve and wanted her to do shit. People should look her up and her sex scandal.
She did not do anything pervy, but she was married to a perv. It is interesting how a Star Trek actress's fucked up marriage led to Obama becoming president. There are all these issues with depicting the future.
Unlike the far future, the near future, if you want to do a good job of it, you need to flesh out the world. I am only starting to try doing it with predicting our devices in a not lazy and extrapolating way. That they will be bigger or smaller. Or that you'll wear them on your wrist.
Shit that is easy to predict or boring to predict. I did come up with an idea that will happen with our devices that will be fun. Actually, there is some accuracy to it. But I won't tell it here.
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(Updated July 25, 2019)
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According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing here, Rick G. Rosner may have among America's, North America's, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher Harding, Jason Betts, Paul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main "Genius" listing here.
He has written for Remote Control, Crank Yankers, The Man Show, The Emmys, The Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercial, Domino’s Pizza named him the "World’s Smartest Man." The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named "Best Bouncer" in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.
Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.
Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.
Scott Douglas Jacobsen
Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing
(Updated September 28, 2016)
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