Tiffany wrote:A very novel use for potatoes too.
I think the blue print for making a Stepper should have been included in the text.
And, I still prefer The Discworld.
Tonyblack wrote:I got the distinct feeling that the stepper device was actually only a placebo that brought out the deeply buried, natural stepping abilities of people. There was at least one case of someone who had discovered that the device worked even without a potato. I suspect we'll learn more about that in the next book.
Tonyblack wrote:Well I kind of suspect that more and more of those people will discover the ability to naturally step. The whole thing about the user having to actually make the stepper themselves isn't all that logical and starts to sound more like magic than science. And this is sci fi rather than fantasy.
I'm reminded of A C Clarke's book, Childhood's End, which has humanity making an evolutionary step forward. Not everyone is able to make that step at first, but more and more become capable. Inevitably there are some who are never able to change.
Like I say, it will be interesting to see where Terry and Stephen take this.
Does anyone think it's odd that there seems to be only one world where humanity came into being? One would have expected that West 1 and East 1 and the other low numbers, would have evolved so similarly that there would be some form of human on them. I think this is another question that may be answered ultimately in the series.
Penfold wrote:I've heard of potatoes being used as a battery before somewhere but I managed to dig out this science project on the net that some of you with children (or even without) might be interested in trying.
Jan Van Quirm wrote:In the alternative 'Code' thread on here we're skirting around the issue of why Homo Sapiens Sapiens only happens on Datum and it's basically to do with survival of the fittest in the guise of evolutionary persecution.
As well as 'only on Datum' why are trolls, elves and other stepping hominids are found all over the Long Earth but not (or very rarely) on Datum and also a more recent Roundworld hypothesis as to the relatively sudden disappearance of Homo Sapiens Neanderthalis after the Cro Magnon human sub-species arrived in their receding-glacial strongholds of Eurasia.
Also why only one world without a Moon or no Earth at all? What are the odds...
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