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  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files
    Charlie Stross @29 said: Angleton was always modeled on Richard E. Grant. Yes! The minute I saw his picture, I knew that you were right. I will now always have that image in mind when I read the books. If...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    whitroth @735 Now that was a rant. Well done. “Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.” Jean de la Fontaine...
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    whitroth @703 said: I am going the traditional route. For one, I do *not* want to do PR, production, arrange for delivery, and, oh, yes, legal and quarterly estimated tax payments. That's what you do. You give the magazines a...
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    whitroth @692, said: For the novel, I think I'm hitting 11 and/or 13. HA! Just keep writing and sending stuff to the magazines. Follow the rules. Once you give the magazines a chance, you can always publish the short work...
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    FUBAR007 @693 said: In your experience, is there any truth to this? I can answer that. Neal Stephenson talked about the difference between Literary and Commercial writers. The comment starts at "2) The lack of respect... - by MosesJones "...
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    Charlie, Your earlier stuff is solid, and your latest stuff is such a joy. I even like the unfinished Scratch Monkey. I bought it in hardback even though I read it long ago for free on your site. I routinely...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Troutwaxer @642 said: However, the story and the manner of its telling are alike hackneyed, dull, and pointless. There is danger when "you" the writer try to see that in your own stuff. The story as you write it is...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Heteromeles @279 said: I've got a nice, black humor universe waiting to go. I read the book review for: THE END OF THE MYTH From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America By Greg Grandin and...
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    JBS @562 I collect the books and movies/TV series both, to see Story from all angles. Every combination of movie based on novel, or novelization based on movie. Read the novelization of Superman Returns, and Man of Steel. The books...
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    David L @526 said: Almost like they were engineered to feed hawks and such. That's exactly correct. Watch the NOVA episode for another example. Basically, one female rat can generate 200 descendants in six months. NOVA | Rat Attack! |...
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    WaveyDavey @472 said: But I still want a badge that says "Heretic". "Heresy" is the Greek word for "choice", so a "heretic" is simply someone who chooses to have a different viewpoint. By all means, get a Heretic button and...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Think of the aether as a fluid. It goes Laminar Flow around planets, so it is hard to detect from the surface. Everything is aether. Regular matter is simply another stable form of aether. Dayton Miller's Ether-Drift Experiments: A Fresh...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Here is an interview that fits into this thread. I'm more interested about getting the book now that I know that it will be three books long. Author Marlon James on never outgrowing the magical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuKoM_yHpmY William T Goodall @314...
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    Martin @247 HA! I see the problem. Atheism, as practiced today, is a militant religion intent on destroying all other religions. Atheist, as a word, describes an individual who is not interested in organized religion. Two completely different things. One...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Nojay @197 said: Jehovah started off as one god among many, "thou shalt not worship other gods before me" with limited powers and then as his adherents went around making stuff up about him to gain even more adherents he...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Troutwaxer @118 said: the orcs and their allies represent all the various colored people, the elves are rich white people, and the orcs have a very reasonable wish for vengeance. Here you go. Bright | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix...
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    _Moz_ @105 said: I have often thought that single-storyline series should be republished at the end as a single volume so that those of us who do actually read the series (or have amazing memories) don't have to reread the...
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    Charlie, I have an odd question. At the start of your essay you mention: So, about a decade ago I wrote an essay on this blog about the writing of the Merchant Princes series (at that point, six slim novels—the...
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    gordycoale @39 JD Robb Now you're talkin'. That's another great example. Wiki - in Death And look at the publication dates. She is up to 59 books in the series, from 1995 to present. "The series is ongoing and will...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Henry Troup @28 Wiki - Sue Grafton In her Alphabet Mystery series, she follows the character Kinsey Millhone through 25 books, the letter A to Y, but only seven years of life. “When I started, she was 32 and I...
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    Another criteria for writing long form stories, is that you have to love reading long form stories. BTW, Robert Plant was on Austin City Limits again. The interview at the end is key. He points out his longevity. That the...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Heteromeles @65 said: The Great Old Ones are microbes. You are correct, Sir. Well done....
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    David L @36 Good luck on nonphysical data, that usually vanishes or is locked once people die. I don't have a link to the article, but a father, daughter, shared his Kindle books. They read them together. Once he died,...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Charlie said: when a bookcase fell on him and he died. Of course. That is an appropriate way for a book editor to die. I retired from the Department at the end of 2007, my dad died nine days later...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    To add to the doom and gloom, an update of Huston after Hurricane Harvey. Rising Risk https://youtu.be/MHtb3FCma5E?t=1328 People swooped in and bought the destroyed houses, now they are replacing them, just in time for the next major storm somewhere down...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I was reading the entry of Fantastika in the SF encyclopedia when I came across this title. What! what, what. It looks like something written for the Laundry Files. HA! Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene https://read.dukeupress.edu/books/book/27/Staying-with-the-TroubleMaking-Kin-in-the...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    I use my computer to read ebooks. I have a mac but most of what is available is also on PC or smartphone. I use different readers depending on how it looks for that book. Calibre can handle most formats,...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Charlie, I turned on the TV and there was Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, and it was scary as hell. I instantly thought of Mhari when I saw her. Firing Line with Margaret Hoover: Series Premiere Margaret Hoover: The GOP...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    I love the books by Daniel Suarez - Daemon and Freedom(tm) that follow the same concept. Then there is the BBC miniseries: MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY | The Last Enemy | PBS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmGIuSncvd4 Then of course there is xkcd: Listening https://xkcd.com/1807/...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    _Moz_ @413 said: The whole "who killed the megafauna" question is interesting in a lot of places... Since I have fun with Growing Earth Theory(GET) the megafauna die off occurred when the Earth grew 10% to 15%, rapidly. Gravity limits...
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