"It looked coherent to me..."
Chris DeBoe, a.k.a. Laserlight
on government, religion, books, games, and life in Virginia Beach
Jeez... that's a big field. Probably Robert Anson Heinlein. I'd ask him to talk about how much of the personalities in his books were written for the market and how much was him expressing himself. And get him to talk about when he worked with Asimov and others back in secret projects in WWII. My second choice might by J.R.R. Tolkien. I'd ask him to talk about language, about which he was passionate, and about its impacts on culture and which comes first - cultural concepts or the language to describe them - and which shapes which. A third choice might be any of the men who've walked on the Moon. That might be an ineffable experience, but if they could communicate even the vaguest shadow of it, I'm sure it would come across as a message of hope.And for a bonus, maybe Thomas Aquinas or Cicero to see how they think the Doctrine of Just War would apply in today's world of asymetric combat and terrorists/freedom-fighters.
"The living one."
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