John E

John E

  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    If you were unpleasantly inclined, a thin bit of wire stretched between two solid objects then add a stasis field would make the mythical cutting-heads-off-motorcycles a real thing. That would also come in very handy to protect low bridges from...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    That reminds me of Sir Arnold's diary in the Yes, Prime Minister novelisation: It is true, doubtless, that some Civil Servants are incompetent, but certainly not enough for a politician to notice. A better idea might be that Civil Servants...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    In this timeline, I can see the proven and fast-to-build RBMK design looking awfully attractive......
  • Commented on Magic systems and my world building process
    A setting that's known for its multiple magic systems is Lawrence Watt-Evans' 'Ethshar' universe, which started off as an RPG setting. Some of the magical systems are very mechanistic, such as sorcery (constructing magical gadgets) or warlockry (psychokinetic manipulation of...
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