I would note that Kip does carry on a conversation (internally I always assumed) with his suit at least a couple times that I remember. One was on Pluto where the suit tells Kip that he's trying as hard as he could to keep the cold at bay. --- Even back then that struck me as a bit odd, because any suit that was tested on the dark side of the moon successfully should be able to cope with the cold as it wouldn't be that much warmer than the surface of Pluto. Today it occurs to me that the real problem would likely be venting heat if the insulation were good enough to keep cold of near absolute zero out.For me, scuba-diving involves a sense of independence and isolation. You're inside gear that is keeping you alive, but it is also isolating you from everyone else in an environment that's working just for you. When I dive, these are some of the feelings that I enjoy, the closeness and dependence on that gear.
Heinlein doesn't waste any time anthropomorphizing the suit in this story. After a while, for me at least, Kip (the main character) becomes secondary as I mentally take over his role and the partnership/ownership of the suit. Consider how successful Heinlein is in attaching readers to the suit, when it had none of the AI responsiveness that systems today would be capable of.
Make that four old codgers that agree.I agree with my other 2 old codgers.
I foresee another club thread in our future. Maybe the sign over the bar will read "Have Cardigan: Will Complain." ---- They sure don't make them like they used to IMOH too!Make that four old codgers that agree.
Perhaps we should start an Old Codgers Club, so we can sit around in cardigans and complain that they don't write 'em like they used to - which, although a cliché grande, is nonetheless perfectly true, IMHO...