You see, a proper horizon 🙂
Trieste was an Austrian city for some time and you see it. For me much of the architecture is extremely familiar.
Trieste is also a city at the sea. It’s only the Adriatic, and of that only the northern shore, but nevertheless, the sea is the sea. It is big enough for the opposite shore, the eastern side of the Italian penninsula, to vanish below the horizon. And that’s what counts.
A lot of people hate science fiction or are at least completely unmoved by it. I keep hearing complaints about sci-fi’s speculative nature and that it does not relate to anything “real”.
That’s true in a way, but when the same people read crime stories and historic novels with gusto, I begin to feel doubt 🙂
The Mars trilogy is also a good example for the not-so speculative nature of “Hard Sci-Fi”. It was written in the first half of the 1990s and it is basically the blueprint of all current efforts to reach out for Mars. I’m afraid it’s also a blueprint of what awaits us on our way there politically, and I am not sure that KSR’s resolutions are more than desperate hope. It may turn out much worse.
If you haven’t read the Mars trilogy, and if you do enjoy science-based fiction, and if you are interested in where we go as a society, I can hardly recommend anything better. A mostly optimistic and non-dystopic look into a not so unlikely future.