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  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Most alien-viewpoint stories have some humans involved because people, not aliens buy SF. I can think of other alien-centric stories like Robert L. Forward's neutron star critters and Hal Clement's Mesklinites but there's still human involvement. Harry Harrison's "West of...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Correction, thanks to my Googlepowers! Not a first novel but an early one....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    It's possible you're conflating Eric Flint and the author I'm think of? (ROT13) Eboreg Nfceva. His all-alien all-the-time story was a first novel too, and as you said, not that good....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    It's a problem with science fiction when writing about aliens and non-human intelligences, the tendency is to write the Other as "Uncle Harry in a fur coat" as that's something the readers can get their heads around. If the aliens...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    There's an assumption by some of the Fiendish Disputants herein assembled that the Deep Ones have the same desires and needs as Us Yuu-mans hence the cries of "Oh noes! Plastic in the oceans! BLUE HADES will destroy us because...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    You assume that BLUE HADES has any real interest in the top thousand metres or so of biologically-active ocean waters and what the land-based vacuum-breathers deposit there. To them that's like us being fixated on the stratosphere and the effects...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Simak's Way Station had a large tank buried underneath the teleport station, when the traveller who stopped by the station left to continue their journey their body stayed behind and it was dumped into the tank. Just how large the...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I suspect the "nice view" teleporter facility would end up being a hotel room most folks would rent by the hour, not a permanent part of their actual residence. It doesn't need all the other things a hotel room needs...
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    I'm pretty sure Vernor Vinge's standalone novel "The Witling" had a ruler's residence that was made up from a number of rooms in various parts of the planet connected by teleport gates. "Lion Loose", one of the Telzey Amberdon stories...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    For those interested in audiobooks, there's a Youtube channel by someone under the odd monicker of HorrorBabble who presents well-produced readings of the works of Lovecraft, Chambers and other early horror and fantasy writers. Copyright is another matter, of course...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Britain does allow several classes of non-citizen immigrants to vote. Irish citizens and some Commonwealth citizens with leave to remain living in Britain and on the local Electoral Register can vote in all elections including General Elections for Parliament. Until...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    It took both of us balancing a 3U storage module on our heads to get it into the 56-60U slot in one rack. I couldn't have done it single-handed (or single-headed)....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Lewis' Space Trilogy would be much easier to fold into the Laundryverse. There's some older stuff that might fit, if you file off the serial numbers -- there's a whole corpus of fantastical writings by Lord Dunsany and of course...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Yes, it has a lot of good cinema-friendly adventure in an exotic setting. First time I saw the trailers for Avatar I thought "That would be perfect for a movie of Demon Breed". It's got a lot going for it...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I'd really like to see a movie made from Schmitz's novella, "Demon Breed". Any time I read it I see it spooling in my head as an SF action-thriller movie, part "Die Hard" and part "Avatar" with a good chunk...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Terry Pratchett's standalone SF novel "Strata" had the idea of refurbishing used-up planets for the next inhabitants that evolved as part of the story's background. They used machines that reconstructed all the disturbed geological strata from the previous civilisation's mining...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Where's the cheap Green power to come from? There's lots of claims about cheap solar and wind, next year usually and please to not include the cost of storage and extra generating capacity to fill that storage to cover dropouts...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I used to hang out at The Oil Drum, a sadly-missed energy online forum which had its share of crazies and mission-posters but also a lot of knowledgeable folks, many of whom were involved in the energy industry (which is...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    One factor in older housing, at least in the UK, is that until the 1950s or so open coal fires were the normal way to heat homes and they required a draught into each room to feed them sufficient oxygen...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    In an extended engagement the Victory could easily shoot off fifty tonnes of cannonballs and of course it would burn its way through several tonnes of stores and drinking water each day even if it wasn't fighting. It could be...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    In the late 1960’s I was amazed to see the method by which gas cylinders were delivered Well, yes, that was the 1960s. They do things differently nowadays... Cylinder delivery on and off trucks nowadays is done using a tail-lift...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    It was a Ham Radio amplifier that was illegal to use for Citizens Band Radio. Perfectly legal for Ham Radio, but not legal to modify for use on CB Radio. In the early days of CB radio the amplifiers sold...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    but why would a "no-guns HMS Victory" be carrying cannonballs? Or have gunners? The supposition was "no-guns" so the hundred or so cannons on board Victory disappear just as the triremes come over the horizon, oars flashing as they manoeuvre...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    What technology might a time traveler from our future bring back to us? Advanced techniques to knap flint arrowheads? Better technology to extract oil and gas from marginal geological strata? New uses for asbestos?...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    But if you disabled all the guns on HMS Victory, I'm not sure of the odds against a 5th century BCE trireme, especially a group of them. In the right circumstances it could probably outrun them, but it would be...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The pharmaceutical companies that make the Pill (to use the generic term for a large family of hormonal regulation drugs) are used to being sued high and hard on a regular basis when things they didn't anticipate cause problems years...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Thanks! Guess the fella's never even heard about wet nurses... Or baby farms... Or nuns. Or a whole lotta other things. Did you notice the word "generally" in my comment? How many nuns do you think existed in, say, Europe...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I saw a hydraulic-drive bicycle once. It had a small hydraulic-fluid pump with pedals and a hydraulic motor on the rear hub with flexible tubes connecting them and a reservoir tank. It seemed to take a lot of effort to...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I had an argument on Usenet some time back with someone who couldn't grasp the idea that women in previous times didn't have periods, generally -- if they were fertile they were pregnant or breastfeeding (which crimps hormonal levels and...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    There was one rather odd SF story I recall reading about a bio-engineered bug that turned crude oil in wells into (close your eyes, Greg, you don't want to know...) [Spoiler space] Beer....
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