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Shouldn't the wrecked-rocket count be incremented?

Is it just me, or is the casual use of nukes surprising in a 1950's show? Growing up at the tail end of the Cold War, I was used to nuclear weapons being the Final Move whenever they appeared in stories. I was surprised when nuclear explosions started showing up as plot devices in the 90's.

Edit: hours later, noticed the typo.

Edited at 2013-03-19 09:07 pm (UTC)

Thank you for taking on 50s SF so I don't have to.

I am not kidding about this. Mining planets when you have space travel?

I wish you could have watched Dances With Smurfs Avatar for me.

One of the terrible facts of this sad world we live is that the same things that make Earth a habitable world also work to concentrate useful materials into exploitable ores. If Venus had life, odds are it would also have valuable ore beds.

But they also mine asteroids in this setting. See Asteroid of Danger. In fact, we see resource extraction occur from Mercury to Pluto. This is a fully developed Solar System.

Given that there are people, today, shaping and using flint tools for their daily life*, I cannot argue that this is not to be expected. The profit margin is far lower, but it wouldn't be zero.

mutter mutter

(*As opposed to doing it to screw with future archaeologists.)

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