Nice To Be Appreciated
SF BEATS CORPORATE EDUCATION
Here's another of those letters that help make writing more than just another
job. I particularly liked the bit about counting more than a ton of technical
books and seminars--which I remember as one of the more excruciatingly boring
aspects of the times I worked for corporations. Perhaps they could all do themselves
a favor by getting rid of those typed overheads with buzz-words that no-one
past the front row can read anyway, and those repetitive slides that get addressed
in a monotone while the audience glazes over, and invest in s.f. novels instead.
I figure that a case or two per high-tech corporation would work wonders for
my royalty statements.
I have read your books since "Inherit the Stars" when I was in
Junior High School and I have addicted to hard science ever since. Over the
years I have read your books and used them as a source of enthusiasm for my
interest in science and engineering. It really helped me get through some of
my undergraduate days when I felt discouraged.
Finally today, I am a hardware design engineer, having come through to it
the long way and am still reading your books. I focus in network communications
and am with Fore systems, prior to this I was working on public crypto systems
with another networking company. Maybe I picked up a subconscious impression
of the importance of communications from "Navcomm's" in one of your
Anyway, thanks for all those years of enthusiasm. IMHO it counted a lot
more than a ton of technical books and seminars. I doubt I would have persisted
in engineering without them. Please keep the "hard science" aspect
of your books. I like it so much more than the sheer fantasy aspects of other
science fiction writers.