Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    but it also turned out that the result of reading substantively all nominated works and then voting on perceived merit differed from doing so only in some details. This. Exactly this. I'm possibly a bit odd — but I can't...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Speaking personally I'm reading more new authors (although not more books) since I started reading ebooks more. Because things of things like: The nearest even vaguely good book store is an hours travel door-to-door, at a location I don't regularly...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    If there are 20,000 new SF novels, paradoxically, the sheer volume of choice and difficulty of knowing what to pick means that we just say "screw it" and re-read Accelerando instead There's a bunch of studies around this sort...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    "Ah, the Hugos thread is about embedded microcontrollers, I see!" At last — the whole Hugo fracas makes sense! In addition to embedded microcontrollers, the following year's Hugos are networked. In three years, Hugos will form the largest sector of...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Did you read the text from those pages? The PS4-webkit bug did not permit takeover of the system, but was described as "the first step towards the PlayStation 4 hacking." Likewise, the Wii Opera crash is described with "The hackers...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Also within a couple of minutes I found a Sony PS4 webkit exploit and a Wii Opera vulnerability… With Google....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Since we seemed to be heading towards the site's strange attractors… <aside> Actually, that can be finessed. If you're really serious about security, you use traditional electromechanical controllers rather than embedded microcontrollers to keep the plant running -- hey, it...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Fair enough, but remember that for an aging SF author to neglect entertainment value in favor of anvilicious political messages is the definition of brain-eater syndrome. You're a professional entertainer; you can't afford to be tedious. Curiously exactly my thoughts...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Not quite. It seems to me that the notion of the slate itself was being rejected, not what was on it. They did have Guardians of the Galaxy get through ;-) Speaking personally I was sort of dreading voting this...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Sigh. That's the saddest thing about this whole debacle. We lost a year we will never get back Maybe somebody will tweak the rules for Retro Hugos. In which case 2065 will be an interesting year for any of...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Yup, E Pluribus Hugo passed Awesomesauce. I'd missed this, and after a quick skim read it looks like a sane solution. So only one more year of puppy slates fouling things up....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    I have to admit to enjoying a large juicy slice of schadenfraude with my morning coffee this morning as I scrolling through the tear stained tweets of the puppygaters. I have a nasty feeling they're not going to go away...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    (Actually - ping me at the new twitter account @YoReadingWomen — if a Friendly Moderator could change the @adrianh in the previous post that would be lovely. Or not. I was the idiot after all ;-)...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    The easiest first step is for fans of the genre to seek out both books and writers new to them. It's never been easier to sample a new book. With ebooks you can usually read at least ten percent for...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    (Disclaimer: I am not a serious charts wonk, but I have worked with some serious ones on occasion. I've also had to deal with a couple of situations when a few "annoying" charts "helped" people make some dumb ass decisions...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Yes, but to demonstrate the bias we want to show, we should also have them remember five male writers they read in the last year and see which is easier. Yup. I did....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    The point was you can prove anything, if you draw those bounds appropriately. Yes, but you have to start somewhere. And you have to draw those boundaries in sensible places. We have some numbers around some of the major awards....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    I thought the protagonist in Merchant Princes was not particularly convincing as a woman or an American. I suspected Charlie felt the same way, as he took every opportunity as the series developed to run away from his protagonist, usually...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    It wasn't until my late teens that I realised Andre Norton was a woman ;)...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    I'm not going to deny the existence of sexism in the sf industry, but I do wonder about the test (comment #9) of naming five women sf authors you've read in the past year. People's memories don't necessarily work...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    The thing that really puzzles me is not knowing other people who DO use such things to choose books, though that might be the company I keep. I would bet almost nobody has a checklist where "attractive back cover photo"...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    @J Thomas: Most personality and psychological traits in humans are mainly determined by genetics. Socialization makes a fairly large difference in childhood, but tends to wear off in early adulthood. A brief review of the scientific literature (with references) can...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    FWIW, the writer guests; Tarr, Rusch, Kress, and some of those in various lists above, have likely made new future sales. Strike out "likely". Ditto. Yesterday I added a "make a reading list from this post" entry to my...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Given that science fiction readers are no longer predominately male, I doubt that the bigotry you refer to is still a major factor Bigotry is maybe a deceptive word to apply to the behaviour and causes. For me it evokes...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Jodi Taylor, the author of the St. Mary's books Was it you who mentioned those books a few posts back? In which case — thank you. Devoured the whole series last month. Most entertaining....
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    It's not even conscious. Hear a woman's voice, see a woman's name, slide right on by. Just today I had a twitter conversation with a very nice man, very concerned that women writers weren't featured in a certain popular series...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    This seems a relevant example to those who think that lack of female authors is all about what they do, rather than more systematic issues in the industry/world. "Total data: George sent out 50 queries, and had his manuscript requested...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    I wrote a (bad) short story where sleep was basically the human consciousness version of a periodic planned reboot - that fundamentally consciousness was incapable of running successfully for more that a week without a reboot. Hijinks ensue when McGuffin...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    According to this spending has recently been in the £7.5 to 9 billion range. Meanwhile we're looking at about £30 Bn in taxes. Yup, but the RAC have a certain angle to their estimates ;-) As they say in that...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Most UK taxes aren't ring-fenced so basically it all goes into a big pot with all of the other taxes. Annual spend on road transport is in the high-single, mid-double £ billion range though (depending on how you count it)...
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