Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

  • 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....
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    s/1900s/1990s/ sigh....
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    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...
  • 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....
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