- See, LarryNiven and JerryPournelle wrote this really fun book called ''The Mote in God's Eye''. It has a cool title, some questionable biology, and a huge debt to RobertHeinlein. It also gave us "on the gripping hand", one of speculative fiction's more useful phrases.
- In this case, the aliens of the series are an asymmetrical sepcies with three arms, one of them geared to heavy-duty gripping tasks. The characters extend the "On one hand" and "on the other hand" phraseology when there's a third possibility that contrasts with the first two - and generally overpowers or renders them irrelevant.
- * On one hand, JohnWilliams composes great movie scores. I love them.
- * On the other hand, John Williams' scores often sound similar, and since he's so popular, he's used in a lot of movies, which contributes to a common musical style for Western movies.
- * On the gripping hand, maybe this is all personal preference anyway.