Hi, Michael: We met when you did a presentation to the Mystery Writers of America, and I've followed your blog ever since. BTW, I agree about Lucifer's Hammer.
I'm just starting to work on a mystery series about a parole officer in the near future, circa 2050. How do you think the police will be armed 45 years from now? I'd appreciate any thoughts on the matter. Feel free to make it a blog entry if you wish.Hi Bob! Now that's an intersting question! Just off the top of my head, I think I'm going to go retro here and cast my chips for an updated 1911 in .45 ACP ("Just like the one my Daddy, who was in Special Forces, was issued in Gulf War 3 in '09...and the Mexican Uprising of 2021...and the California Rebellion of 2022...etc!"). It's too good a design to fade away, too ergonomic to ignore and there are too many of them out there in too many experienced hands, who will be training the next couple of generations of gunmen and gunwomen.
Thanks for your attention.
And I fall back on the Robert Heinlein dictum from Beyond This Horizon (where "An armed society is a polite society" came from, me thinks), which is that if you've got to shoot someone, to heck with this phaser crap! Stick with a BIG BOOM and a HUGE CHUNK OF LEAD!
Okay everybody...PILE ON!