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See, Walpole gets it. [Dec. 15th, 2010|12:01 pm]
Marissa Lingen

When I was reading Richard Holmes's The Age of Wonder, he had this bit from Horace Walpole about hot air balloons that seemed like the plight of the near-future science fiction writer in a nutshell, and I meant to put it here and forgot. Here we go:

"How posterity will laugh at us one way or the other! If half a dozen break their necks, and Balloonism is exploded, we shall be called fools for having imagined it could be brought to use. If it should be turned to account, we shall be ridiculed for having doubted."

[User Picture]From: alecaustin
2010-12-15 07:44 pm (UTC)
Or the two will happen successively! Possibly even alternately.

Posterity is a great scoffer, in general, I find.
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[User Picture]From: miz_hatbox
2010-12-15 11:06 pm (UTC)
And/or simultaneously!
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[User Picture]From: columbina
2010-12-15 08:59 pm (UTC)
The man was definitely onto something.
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