By James Blish
James Blish's galaxy-spanning masterwork, initially released in 4 volumes, explores a destiny within which the most important discoveries -- antigravity units which permit complete towns to be lifted from the Earth to turn into monstrous spaceships, and sturdiness medicinal drugs which allow their population to dwell for hundreds of thousands of years -- bring about the institution of a different Galactic empire.
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Actually they're two sides of the same coin. First of all, begin by abandoning these multi-million-dollar, Manhattan-District approaches. We don't need a newer, still finer measurement of electron resonance one-tenth so badly as we need new pathways, new categories of knowledge. ' "From wherever you can get it. That's the other half of my recommendation. " Wagoner waited. Corsi said these things for effect; he liked drama in small doses. He would explain in a moment. "Of course I don't mean total crackpots," Corsi said.
Remember, Bliss, that scientific method is not a natural law. It doesn't exist in nature, but only in our heads; in short, it's a way of thinking about things-a way of sifting evidence. It was bound to become obsolescent sooner or later, just as sorites and paradigms and syllogisms became obsolete before it. Scientific method works fine while there are thousands of obvious facts lying about for the taking-fact& as obvious and measurable as how fast a stone falls, or what the order of the colors is in a rainbow.
Gunn, Dr. " Gunn turned away from the door that, he had said, led out to the main plant, with just the proper modicum of polite regret. "There's my man," he said. "I'm afraid I'm going to have to cut this tour short, Colonel Russell. You may have seen what a collection of important people we have in the plant today; we've been waiting only for Dr. Abbott to begin a very important meeting. " After what seemed only a few seconds, Gunn deposited him smoothly in the reception room from which he had started.