“The piece on my left shoulder is to scratch my nose, the piece on my right shoulder is to rub my nose, and the blanket on my arm is to give my nose a real good blow. Oh, and the crescent-shaped clasp is a sculpting tool. I used it to scrape the blanket and make a sphere out of boogers. Don’t you just love it?”
The thing is, this is accurate. Gil had his arm amputated, replaced by a transplant from someone else but his ‘long’ arm (HE’S A COP) is the phantom-limb symptom that he can manipulate as a psychic extension,opening doors from the other side and so on.
Look, it’s Larry Niven doing ‘hard’ science again.
(I have a soft spot for this, as it was the first time I knew more than a ‘Mastermind’ contestant about his specialist subject).
It is a period of Man-Kzin War. Larry Niven, striking from a hidden Baen, has won his first victory against good taste. During the battle, Niven managed to steal secret plans to GSS’ ultimate weapon, the SPACE SHEEP, an armoured censor with enough power to cover an entire mammary. Pursued by the long arm of Gil Hamilton, Gilbert W. Izard races home aboard Evil C. S. Lewis’ Head, custodian of the Patchwork Girl that can save the commenters and restore the mote in God’s eye…
I think I owned this very edition some twenty five years ago. Was Gil Hamilton (groovy name, eh kids?) some kind of of SF detective with an invisible arm? This may be some kind of false memory but I’m sure these stories really were rubbish.
@Jed. Looks like you’re right, at least insofar as I can make any sense of the Wikipedia page.
The book obviously has at least a teeny obsessed cult following, as the article has all the symptoms– too long, too detailed, and far too many links. (You can always tell when a fanboy’s been at a Wiki article because of all the pointless linking he does; don’t ask me why.)