Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Good Story 166: The Inklings

Julie and Scott decide to record the podcast while hiking, but between Julie stopping to look at the interesting trees (they were all interesting, apparently) and Scott stopping at every pub (thirsty), it didn't come together. Once recovered, they recorded Episode 166 in the normal way. The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter was the subject.

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  1. This reminded me of a story in Arthur C. Clarke's memoir The View from Serendip. He tells the story when he and a fellow member of The British Interplanetary Society met Lewis and Tolkien.
    From the book:

    >> Another literary figure who was not so sympathetic to our aims was the theologian and novelist C. S. Lewis. Although several of his best books are about space flight, he was very much opposed to the idea and attacked rocket societies because they would spread the crimes of mankind to other planets. This annoyed me, and we arranged a confrontation in a famous Oxford pub. My second was Val Cleaver, later head of the Rolls-Royce Rocket Division, and Dr Lewis was supported by Professor J. R. R. Tolkien, since famous for The Lord of the Rings. We had a splendid time arguing about the merits of space travel, and as we parted Dr Lewis said, ‘I am sure you are very wicked people, but how dull it would be if everybody was good.’

    1. Thanks for sharing that! I've read a lot of Clarke.

      Lewis' argument that space travel would "spread the crimes of mankind to other planets" makes me think of Star Trek's Prime Directive.