Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

  • 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...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    A question that doesn't arise in other genres. I see folk having the same passionately tedious arguments in other genres. Romance, especially, has the same problem as SF in that anything "good" is reclassified as literature ;-)...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    This is, I'll say at the outset, a diversion from the actual focus of your comments—but I'm struck by your use of the phrase "gender binary." […] Is it perhaps British, or academic, or derived from some specific critical theorist?...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    I think there are ways of approaching something like historical fiction that make it more, or less genre-like in its tone and argument. There are, have been genre writers who have written historical novels whose novels haven't been enfolded into...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Yet the book has been nominated for three SF awards3. Why? … The big "What if..." in Hild is: What if women had always been real human beings, human in, of, and by themselves rather than in relation to...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    What do you acutely feel the lack of in these curated app collections? I'd kill for a "revert last update on this app" feature. With the way iOS apps are sandboxed I'd always hoped this one would arrive at some...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    My hope is that soon it’ll be thundering downhill, unstoppable. My hope is that we can look back in five years and see the Thor news as a twitch in the seismograph. But so very much depends on how the...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    None of which makes a blind bit of difference. Sure there are examples of people doing interesting things in comic books - same as there are probably particular authors doing interesting things in Mills & Boon books. Isn't that more...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    "The Iran part seemed totally extraneous and was not believable--the FCO never knew they were executing drug traffickers left and right?" My reading was that the mass executions weren't the problem. Getting agent CANDID, a "major offensive asset", in under...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Mo, who may be deadly but who is also a comparative outsider compared to Bob Hmmm… I wouldn't be so sure about that. I always read Mo as being on the 'inside' — just a different 'inside' from Bob....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    After finishing Rhesus Chart up this lunchtime over coffee I'm feeling a teeny bit smug at my comment from 2012: Of course I'm almost certainly misreading what OGH has in mind for our happy crew in the Laundryverse - but...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Read. Fun. Thank you!...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Hypothetically, for those folk who might have mildly dodgy US Big River Co accounts despite not living there, what's worth more to you US or UK sales?...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Darn ;-)...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Do we get another chapter before Thursday? (Not that my hope of the nearest bookshop "accidentally" putting early deliveries out to catch the weekend crowd, as they sometimes do, were crushed yesterday or anything ;-)...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Making the departmental Health & Safety guidelines Turing Complete....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Anybody not cleared for OCTOTHORPE GANESH HIBISCUS and CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN should stop reading now and report to their nearest security officer. Allowing OCTOTHORPE GANESH HIBISCUS to escape its secure holding facility. Apparently it said it was going for a...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Pin the tail on the elder god is not a suitable activity during working hours. Especially during social events that include non human guests. NOTE: Final penalty for above named employee will depend on whether [REDACTED] will involve an additional...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    1. Bringing a pet on to departmental premises in violation of health and safety guidelines. 2. Keeping an unlicensed Grue in violation of The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) (No.2) Order 2007, (section 7b, classified under the Official Secret's...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    The effective use of open source software is a laudable approach to reducing departmental IT costs. However the release of Curses::UI::Language::Enochian to CPAN, despite the serendipitous collision with the public Curses::UI::Language namespace, is in direct violation of [REDACTED]. Not to...
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    He kindly signed my pink camel book after his keynote at YAPC::EU in 2006. One of my proudest possessions ;-)...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    I'm somewhat selfishly hoping for a no vote. Because Scotland seems to be the sea anchor for the left in UK politics. Without them holding us back the rest of the UK is going to be blown towards that "bad...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    Oh - and for those who are interested there's quite a bit of active research on detecting sarcasm in the sentiment analysis field. for example: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1099714 http://www.aaai.org/Papers/Symposia/Spring/2006/SS-06-03/SS06-03-031.pdf http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2002850 http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-16184-1_1 (by no means a complete list) Not my field — but...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    I went to a presentation from a sentiment analysis business last year. They were discussing how they were using it on the firehose feed of everything from twitter. Rather than assassinations, they were more interested in marketing, branding, and the...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    If you stick to one platform, Marvin for iOS does the job splendidly, and is a way better epub reader than Apple's iBooks app or the Kindle app. Nice. I'd managed to miss this little gem. Looks excellent. Thanks....
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    I've been reading a lot of superhero fiction lately You might wanna give Ales Kot et al's Zero a whirl. Sort of Bourne / Harry Palmer / Superhero mashup - light on the superhero. Different artist each issue. I've been...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    It's just struck me that superhero comics have the same bug/feature that OGH has talked about SF having in the past — so much of it is wrapped up in reinterpretations and references to previous work. Somebody reading Morrison's Supergods...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    Charlie — Whereas British buyers are cheapskates and much less inclined to spend on expensive titles, according to this report. Iiiiiiiinteresting. Thanks for that. First time I've come across a UK/US difference. paws4thot — I'm pretty sure this conversation has...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    I believe that authors and publishers will adapt. Most of them are currently throwing away the potential long-tail revenue stream that digital media enables. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, priced at $9.74 for paperback and $9.02 for...
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