JamesPadraicR

JamesPadraicR

  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    But my shtick revolves around the shock of the new, and you can't get the shock of the new by recycling the same-old. This and the writing is why I read you....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Just saw Charlie's Tweet about the list. I hesitated mentioning it last night, sorry I was the one to do it. So, let's not continue about it....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Yup, that's the one, and their founder too. The Novel category looks clear of them....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Should've added: Of course, I should keep track of them while writing....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Had to ask. If I binge reread the series I might be able to keep them all straight. While proofing my last novel shaped attempt I decided I had to make note of any named character and what they did...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    This is good and lots to look forward to, but by any chance do you have a list of named characters with what stories they appear in? That is something I could use to keep them straight and be sure...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    There's some interesting bigoted rhetoric from Boris Johnson further down the piece. Something about a “half-Kenyan” president... Tempted to say something about BoJo looking half-Orangutan, but that's an insult to the apes....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    While I'm at it, here's a music video made from some of that "documentary" footage....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Late with this, but with all the talk of "The War of the Worlds" I'm surprised no one has linked to The Great Martian War before now. I really ought to actually read that book one of these days....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Oh dear. Just saw a news report: Trump's ancestral homeland bewildered by his presidential campaign Mostly old news, but hadn't realized he's MacLeod of Lewis on his mother's side. Hope he's not related to Ken (at least not closer than...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    As far as I know* Quantum Teleportation has nothing to do with actually moving an object, but copying a particle's quantum states, like spin and charge, (hope that's right) onto another particle. I don't think that would include momentum of...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Or Faye Valentine in "Cowboy Bebop"? Awakened with no memory of her past and massive debt....
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Sign a DNR - Do Not Resurrect?...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    religious fanatics who want to resurrect everyone -- even the unwilling -- to live in an artificial afterlife run under Federovite rules, Sounds like it might go along with the unstated bit of my earlier christian-zionist comment; "We looove you...
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    Nah, afraid not. Just Springtime in the Rockies. We get at least one blizzard every March....
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    I'm just glad you didn't start with the bris. I wasn't going to ask about that. Though of course the thought occurred....
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    I might also turn the material above into a real story at some point. Yes, please. With all the new Lovecraftianas coming out lately; African American and Feminist, etc., I've been wondering if anyone was doing Judaica. Since I'm not...
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    I'll be kosher in the next couple years, but it's happening forty years too late It's never too late to be B'nei Mitzvah. My mother had hers 15 years ago (for 53rd bday, she said "like Moses it took her...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    "God exists, and he is American." Cueing Bowie, in three, two, one,,, Haven't read the novella, but the quote gave me a couple thoughts, not so much terrifying, but disturbing. First, there's a reason to leave Diaspar, and If you're...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    The Skinner box describes exactly what not to do to a baby... Yes, I am well aware of that*. I was simply pointing to a possible source of confusing the names. The studies are rather related, after all. *son of...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    You may have mixed it up with the "Skinner Box"....
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    The AI parent would have to be able to outwit children at the very least. That reminds me of a story on NPR I heard a week or so ago about AlphaGo. The part that I'm thinking of was about...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Would a small drone be any worse than a large bird? Now imagine that small drone with a bomb onboard......
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Before the objection pops up; "That's why the AI only raises a couple humans at first, who can then help raise more, etc." It would first have to raise those successfully. Without them able to socialize, how well are they...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    I think the unethical bit is the idea of sending potentially millions of humans to be born and raised without adult supervision and affection. No AI is going to be able to raise children as adequately as a real parent,...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    As in "Dancing serves no necessary purpose ...." ??..... After googling the quote, I'd guess that may be an origin of it. I was going for an intentional misreading of 'genre-mixing' as 'gender-mixing'. Though, apparently I'm misremembering a joke (or...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    And then genre-mixing will begin... Careful, that might lead to dancing....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    I likely wasn't clear anyhow. Usual excuse applies: it was early here, with migraine, and a dollop of too much existential dread politics on the brain....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    I explicitly avoided the "you people" = "implicit racism".... Well, that's not what I meant either, only using that as an example of the term being badly used. Perot was speaking to a group he did not belong to and...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    "you people" -- It's like a railroad tie in the path of the express train of thought. Causes severe loss of respect/regard for anyone who utters those words, and subsequent consignment of any expressed opinion to the rubbish tip of...
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