Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

  • 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>...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Who's betting on whether NASA or Elon Musk will get to Mars first? False dichotomy? I don't think SpaceX would have any problems selling stuff to NASA....
  • Commented on An age-old question
    I dearly love OGH's work, but what chance would a young SF writer have in a market where Arthur Clarke, Robert Heinlein, and Isaac Asimov, to name the obvious three, were still turning out new works regularly? I don't...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Hmmmm. Maybe I'm unusual but I feel I get better as I get older (46) as I can pattern match back to prior experience and come up with answers/approaches faster than the young'uns. Mentally I'm feel the same way (44)....
  • Commented on An age-old question
    I'm also curious what it does to our *culture*, on a macro level as well as an individual one. One cultural shift that might be interesting: having children will likely become age-independent. It's no longer expected of the young —...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    maybe you're going to float forward in time through a haze of forgetting, deliberately shedding old context to make room for fresh This would be my bet for the majority of folk. Because it's basically what we do now....
  • Commented on An age-old question
    In terms of everyday life I imagine that a typical social group will be roughly the same size, if a bit smaller. Already I have a few groups of friends that I am in close contact in and more, larger...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    "And I do still see this going on in places. The situation has improved since MMA came on the scene. I remember when MMA first came in the karate guys were in denial for a while. Then they started saying,...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    There are a lot of problems with this, but perhaps the most offensive to me is the fact that a person can rise to high rank and great influence without possessing any fighting ability whatsoever I'm curious why this...
  • Commented on Apology
    How about… Dark State: The Paratime Panopticon Vol 1 Dark State: The Braided States Vol 1 Also — in the new $SeriesTitle are we going to get an answer to the cross-paratime version of the Fermi paradox? We know that...
  • Commented on Apology
    So you're after things like: Some Title: The Braided Empires Vol. 1 or Some Title: The Knot Wars Vol. 1 ?...
  • Commented on Apology
    The Novel Formally Known As Merchant Princes....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Also, interestingly, while there are pretty reliable statistics on the number of american police officers killed on duty, we don't have reliable numbers on the number of people those police officers kill....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    I’ve seen a lot of changes in my career so far. One of the biggest is the nature of the threat that we face on the street. Interestingly if you look at the statistics for police deaths over the...
  • Commented on So ...
    Congrats. Well deserved. Maybe it's just because I'm a CCF fan, but I enjoyed Equoid rather a lot....
  • Commented on Hiatus
    Getting back to the original alien infiltration question by krousedp, what's the alien motivation for taking over humanity, rather than just, say, sterilizing the earth and then taking our stuff? This week in Big Brother:Earth… Hijinks ensue as viewer favourite...
  • Commented on Down tools
    … and Neil Gaiman is another writer who grew up reading 2000AD, and whose first commercial comics work were some Future Shock episodes in 2000AD in the mid eighties....
  • Commented on Down tools
    s/1900s/1990s/ sigh....
  • Commented on Down tools
    I don't think Ellis wrote anything for 2000AD, but he did do at least one short for the spin off Judge Dredd Megazine in the 1900s — and I'm sure he wrote for Deadline at some point which was created...
  • Commented on Down tools
    I checked the Wikipedia page for 2000AD. I've seen movie stills for Judge Dredd (but not either movie) and I'd heard the name "Strontium Dog". I've never read either one. The rest was totally unfamiliar, and I have significantly above-average...
  • Commented on Holding pattern
    Which is why they do it differently nowadays. You might have noticed a bunch of series books by new authors coming out at 3-6 month intervals? There's a reason. I hadn't actually — but that makes complete sense. Thanks ;)...
  • Commented on Holding pattern
    Apparently they think people are more likely to buy them if they have to search for the middle of the story. From my time working in a bookshop many years back it's more like trilogies are a PITA to manage,...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    I've been saying for decades that SF&F is unlike any other type of literature, though perhaps poetry comes closest. That's because, to expand on what Nicola noted, with a literal handful of execptions, all authors are fans, have friends...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Another, very minor, date niggle. When describing Scrum Bob says "It has its origins in Agile methodology" — whereas Scrum was one of several lightweight methodologies born in the 80's and 90's — long before "Agile" was coined as a...
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