Thursday, 13 November 2014
A Little Knowledge
In "A Little Knowledge," Nicholas van Rijn is an off-stage public figure. One character quotes something he said in a telescreen interview. We also encounter Anderson's extensive vocabulary again: "...coloratura..." (David Falkayn: Star Trader, p. 607).
The punishment for the three Terrans who hijacked a Trillian spaceship does not sound so bad: spending years in the pleasant environment of Trillia, sharing their technical knowledge. But they will not see it that way.
Witweet tells them that, by inferring that Trillians were cowardly, they made the logical fallacy of the does-not-follow. in Latin, this is non sequitur.