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  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    whitroth @1004 said: I do not want to run a business, and deal with taxes, and advertising, and all the rest. BTW, I read through that part of your post again, and did a double-take. I've stumbled across a number...
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    whitroth @1004 said: Yes, I have Reasons I want it Big 5. I hear you, Mark. Let me know when the books are published and I'll be glad to buy a copy. When I suggest reading TPV blog, think long...
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    Elderly Cynic @960 said: I dislike most modern 'hard' science fiction (Baxter etc.), because I don't regard the assumptions as plausible, and they rely critically on them. And in response to your comment to Peter Erwin @990: - You have...
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    whitroth @988 said: Hey, Charlie and any other writers Mark, Start reading The Passive Voice blog. They routinely discuss Indy publishing. This is the post discussing the Hatchett CEO comment. ‘The ebook is a stupid product: no creativity, no enhancement,’...
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    Charlie Stross @878 said:That's a good point. About ten years ago, I lost my ability to do simple math any more, so this explanation may be off by a few factors of ten. HA! Wiki - Earth The Earth is...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    This is the game that's being played. Until the Black woman had her half White girlfriend as part of the loan they could not get the loan. Struggle for black and Latino mortgage applicants suggests modern-day redlining Gentrification, Whites moving...
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    Pigeon @845 said: therefore good for making Jupiter explorers, stellar submarines and the like. Wiki - Not Final! Asimov came up the force-field for space ship hulls. It has to flicker at high speeds to work. He uses it as...
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    Charlie @835 and @837, Your Alderson disks are fine. They are a perfect example of some field keeping things in balance. The fact that each copy world is recreated once the others have been tested to destruction shows there is...
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    Heteromeles @829 said: So screw the flat earth. Fantasize about Earth's Underbelly. You are over thinking this. HA! A flat earth without a field of some kind to stabilize local gravity and inertia would fail. - A flat earth would...
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    Greg Tingey @823 said: THEREFORE Omphalos false Oh, come on, Greg, lighten up. These are fun stories. You have to give that Sense of Wonder as much chance as possible to sink in. Don't be a grumpy Gus. HA! BTW,...
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    Heteromeles @820 said: I've got a little physics question. Of course you do. HA! - The Okie cities in Cities in Flight had the spindizzy field for gravity, and to keep the actions of motion and inertia from impacting the...
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    Greg Tingey @807 said: "Omphalos Hypothesis" - really? That is what is so subversive about the concept. The universe could have come into existence last Thursday, complete with everything in place, and no one could prove otherwise. When Gosse proposed...
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    Yes! My point exactly. I have the books in a pile beside my chair, now. Thanks... I have so many books to reread that I need direction like that. As one of my characters would say, "I am a weapon....
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    Troutwaxer @790 said: reread Zelazny's "Lord of Light." Yes! I love Lord of Light. It came out before man landed on the Moon, yet it reads as if it was written tomorrow. Then there is his Isle of the Dead...
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    Concerning the extensive discussion of "Dark Matter". I, of course, have a contrary opinion. As some of you may know, I have great fun following Plasma cosmology/Electric Universe for a better view than what is considered "Mundane SF" in many...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I hate to say this, Greg, but you are thinking like a rational man. What is happening is not rational, it is fear based. Think of the example you used of Europe in the 1930s. People rallied around a man...
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    You are correct. Watch this video to illuminate what you just said. This is the PBS Newshour episode about the Atlantic article. Why so many Americans in the middle class have no savings - As you guess, this is why...
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    I forgot to add this as an example. Watch this a few times and see how these idiots want a society without paying for it. This is part of the race to the bottom. Do tax cuts spur growth? What...
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    Simple answer: Older workers expect to be paid more, so it is cheaper to discard older workers and train kids straight out of High School. - Remember, they like to move factories to Mexico where workers are paid 12 bucks...
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    If you have read through the stuff I've posted so far, you can see why I said: - We won the war. Bring the jobs home. So, industry can't fill manufacturing jobs with "qualified" workers -- people who can pass...
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    Greg, A short answer to your question is, Yes. Read the Atlantic article again, and then look at my earlier point @253, that even though you are living the British sitcom, The Good Life, you are living at a higher...
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    Troutwaxer @552 said: If you looked at the course of the Earth and Moon around the sun, it would be a kind of braid... The videos show it better, but the idea of two strands of yarn works. The thing...
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    I have great fun reading the posts about fractional light speed combat. So many useful Story Ideas on how to do and not do space combat. Thanks... It reminds me of the table-top Traveller games where sand canisters were used...
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    The article is interesting, but it is shooting too high. - Most people would have trouble if faced with an unexpected bill for $400 The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to...
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    Greg Tingey @271 said: You need the "London Connections map, actually Wow! That adds more lines to play with. I need to load that into Draw and expand what I have. Thanks......
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    Pigeon @259, said: See this map - which includes the proposed but never built Lothbury extension: Huh, the map I'm looking at has different zigs and zags. Nice to see variations. Thanks... It is so easy to get wrapped up...
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    Pigeon @249 said: Have you come up with a storyline that connects the GN/GE Moorgate line with the W&C? W&C seems to be Waterloo & City, which is a light green solid line, that only seems to connect two stations,...
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    BTW, unused stations are a "feature" not a "flaw". Look at Accelerando. It is nine episodes that would be scattered through those unused stations, making it a story-arc running through the main Storylines. Think about that. Accelerando is clearly not...
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    whitroth @227 said: Let's see, instantiate another instance of MyUniverse.... I've seen too many authors get trapped in linear thinking. They write a series that gets taller and taller, before it collapses under its own weight. Then they abandon a...
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    ilya187 @167 said: What do you -- everyone here, not just allynh, -- think about Alastair Reynolds' worldbuilding? Particularly his "Inhibitors" series? I agree with Bravo Lima Poppa 3 @176. Reynolds is a mix of readable and writing to the...
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