Alex Kane knocks it out of the park with this one. From the loyalist riots of last summer to the flags row at Belfast City Council, we have let the sectarian forces within our nation dominate. For the last fifteen years they have driven this country back into the arms of extremists. We, the people, live in fear again. And we have to say “Enough!”
The rarest of these specialists, he says, is an authentic genius — a person capable of having seemingly good ideas not in general circulation. “A genius working alone,” he says, “is invariably ignored as a lunatic.”
The second sort of specialist is a lot easier to find: a highly intelligent citizen in good standing in his or her community, who understands and admires the fresh ideas of the genius, and who testifies that the genius is far from mad. “A person like this working alone,” says Slazinger, “can only yearn loud for changes, but fail to say what their shapes should be.”
The third sort of specialist is a person who can explain everything, no matter how complicated, to the satisfaction of most people, no matter how stupid or pigheaded they may be. “He will say almost anything in order to be interesting and exciting,” says Slazinger. “Working alone, depending solely on his own shallow ideas, he would be regarded as being as full of shit as a Christmas turkey.”
I know some of these people. And if they could be convinced to work together, it could change the face of our country. Chances are, you know some of them too.
In many ways I’m glad it didn’t turn out this way (unfeasibly attractive combat experts voluntarily slicing off their own limbs and replacing them with chrome counterparts). I can only imagine what today’s Z list reality TV stars would be doing if the technology was available.
It’s fair to say Cyberpunk was pretty influential in my game design (especially if you look at The 23rd Letter).
It is a great nuisance. I can’t find anyone else to talk to. I’m so full of interesting information, I feel like the latest edition of something or other. Well, after some consideration… so much to do, there’s only one thing to be done. There comes a time in every son’s life when he must, indeed, follow his father’s advice: I shall go to bed at once. – Lord Arthur Goring