I read this book about 20-Apr-2004. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1982. This note was last modified Tuesday, 20-May-2014 08:48:50 PDT.
This is book 1 of the "Subspace" series.
This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.
Quck reread. And catchup posting, as those looking at the dates will notice (at least until I have to go through and update everything for some format change again).
This one has the "management as lion taming" sequence—not Smith's image. But the set of engineers waiting to get their planetary project certainly look like they're prepared to eat anybody in the cage with them who relaxes for a second.
Smith apparently had management experience at the plant level, which is something more unusual among SF writers than his PhD actually. His descriptions, here and in First Lensman (#2) and Triplanetary (#3) probably should be taken more seriously than they usually are.