Thursday, December 24, 2009

But It Does Move

Novelette by Harry Turtledove

Galileo Galilei is subjected to psychoanalysis by an inquisitor from Germany a few centuries before Freud. This is interesting in that it goes into great depth about Galileo's psychology, but it is a bit depressing and although he has a bit different state of mind than I think the real Galileo did at the end, I can't see that anything in the history of the world was really changed. So while it was certainly a well written story and managed to hold my attention throughout, as an alternate history, it doesn't really succeed. 2 out of 5 psychologists would have made good inquisitors.

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