Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    So outside of the very non-midlist NYT bestseller it really doesn't look like we're missing a lot of populist titles with the s*dpuppy slate…...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Just as a general point — the s*dpuppy argument that popular work is being neglected in favour of books that only the "elite" like never seems to have numbers attached to it. For example, last year I had read Ancillary...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I'd like to know if folk think that Worldcon can somehow walk the Hugos back so that they're about the works rather than then… well… whatever bizarro-world point the s*dpuppy folk are trying to make. Because the world of fandom...
  • Commented on A major ebook announcement
    Not that I'm at all snarky, but I'm wondering if some of the nominees on the new Hugo slate would read better on Dirty Reader... My train of thought once I saw the slate certainly read like the output of...
  • Commented on A major ebook announcement
    Modern geo-historians date April 1st 2015 as beginning of the CussWars at the close of Anthropocene epoch. Both Clean Reader & Dirty Reader began with simple textual replacements, but authors and readers on both sides of the debate began altering...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    One day, a Crazy Priest Guy gets it into his head that this is all back-asswards and the Gods are damned well going to pay attention to him. So he sets out to get their attention by murdering one of...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    While plenty of people claim to have religious experiences, these experiences are neither repeatable nor consistent. This puts them outside of the paradigm of science. Well… I don't think that's entirely true. For example hyperreligiosity is an observed repeated behaviour...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Brave space robots literally make me misty. Immediately thought of this cartoon...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Depending on the technology available, you could have a small linear accelerator that pushes protons ahead of you at close to lightspeed So… continually firing a rocket in the opposite direction you want to travel in?...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    Looks fun. Added to the to-read pile ;-) (Although, since I'm only three books into my Patrick O'Brian Aubrey–Maturin re-re-read it may be a while until I get to it!)...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Seemed to me the numbers were about manning all the guns on a side at one time. 3 or 4 per gun? More like 10-14 men by default, although you could do it with less at a slower rate of...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Agree with everything else you wrote — but on this one point I niggle… Bikes are no use to 70 year olds My dad was cycling until his seventies, my father-in-law was cycling until his 80's. Around here in ruralshire...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Yes, personalized medicine would be nice ... so far the local GP does not have any handy in-office test to predetermine risk/benefit of any of the drugs he/she is likely to prescribe. And that's coz the general problem it's really,...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Would like to see as much effort put into working out predictive models re: drug sensitivity/side effects as has been put into the stock market, i.e., get some solid math models/algorithms for better/personalized usage. Such a strategy would probably save...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    The the take-away you should get from this is that a legal heroin habit should cost about as much as going to the pub and drinking three pints of beer once a week, or smoking a pack of 20 cigarettes....
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Empty bladders are safer for a couple of reasons. In the case of sudden deceleration you don't have this mass inside you that wants to carry on moving in the same direction pulling bits of you around into places that...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    We are already reaching the stage where commercial pilots are doing so little real flying that when there is an emergency, they cock things up. When a plane crashes it is - by definition - one of those instances where...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Once it's afloat it keeps moving ... and 5000 miles by sea is inevitably going to be cheaper than 3000 miles by rail (let alone wagon train). What are the economics of canals? I'd guess that they're more energy efficient...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    True. Indeed I have a paperclip in my toolkit. Which I regularly lose ;-) So my typical workflow when I need to reset something goes something like: 1. Hunt around for paperclip on desk or nearest surface that might have...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Hmm… End caps for my Pencil bluetooth stylus so I can put it in my bag-o-cables-n-shit without worrying about it. Something that would fit in the toothpick slot of my swiss army knife that I could embed the end of...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    They are illegal in the UK Illegal-ish no? AFAIK the legislation defines them as: "a stealth knife, that is a knife or spike, which has a blade, or sharp point, made from a material that is not readily detectable by...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Anyone else can feel free to answer this; basically I'm looking for stuff thematically similar to Rule 34 and Blindsight You might like some of Greg Egan's stuff. Permutation City, Diaspora and many of the stories in Axiomatic explore...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    <aside> The original headline to this story was "Millions deleted in Instagram purge" — which reminded me of the old language of alienation thread. It's now the much more pedestrian "Instagram deletes millions of accounts in spam purge". </aside>...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    You get hired in as an expert to help Gooplesoft prototype the ideal hardware/software/device/app thingy for authors. Sky's the limit. What would it look like?...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Because book 6 is by Mo, who is about as different from Bob as it's possible to be. Book 7 needs to be by someone who's not too different from Bob ... as he started out. Book 8 should loop...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    But the deranged feral ones are so much more entertaining! (One of our cats we had when I was a kid lived with us for six years before it would let anybody touch it. Apart from the dog. She was...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    If we had a universal basic income — would you still be working on the new Laundry/Merchant books now, or would you have let one of the attack novels win?...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    I'm trying to think of something else that's currently not socially acceptable that may become so in future, but drawing a blank. Four off the top of the top of my head: Mental illness. Very, very few of the folk...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    But I still find it really weird to read a far-future SF story that doesn't deliver a massive sense of cultural estrangement, because in the context of our own history, we are aliens. I think some authors, and readers, want...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    <aside> This feels like something from the Laundryverse: The Doom that Came to Puppet — Posts generated by a Markov chain trained on the Puppet documentation and the assorted works of H. P. Lovecraft </aside>...
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