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  • Commented on Books I've written
    I'd like to see a John Scalzi-style Big Idea series. Pick a title at random and write about the motivating idea and how you developed the resulting book....
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    When a young librarian named Sophie Andalou accidentally picks up an unattended umbrella, it leads her into a web of coincidences, mistaken identities and serendipitous encounters involving the ghost of Yuri Gagarin, a secret society of mustachioed men and a...
  • Commented on Why I Do Self-Publish
    can you self-publish and still get books on the shelves of public libraries? Yes. Depending on the platform you use, this can cost more though. Smashwords lets you distribute to libraries and bookstores for free, while Amazon's Createspace charges you...
  • Commented on Why I don't self-publish
    I reckon 3 months of management time per self-published book is probably an optimistic, low-ball estimate. Having self-published 2 books, I can say 3 months is about the median length of time for post-production, but it all depends on the...
  • Commented on Wow
    And suddenly my Martian Ancient Astronaut novel just got way more plausible. And interesting. Science is so fucking cool!...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    Pick eligble citizens to parliament using a scientifically backed randomized method. Problem is, someone who looks good on paper (and to a scientifically backed method) could be a real narcissistic chump IRL. Look at Academia as a model: it's full...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    ...They concede that the opposition may disagree with the party in power on precisely how the state must operate, but agree that it should operate... Except if you live in the US, where the only alternative to the Beige Dictatorship...
  • Commented on This explains everything
    Whether we like it or not, the NY Times is the literary establishment of the US. Bestsellers are what get talked about on the Today Show, Oprah (when she had a show), in the New Yorker and everywhere else there...
  • Commented on This explains everything
    Charlie has a point. Feud and the Surrealists were more frightening to early 20th century respectable folk than any bomb throwing revolutionary and ever since, the literary establishment has actively avoided anything that has a whiff of the subconscious or...
  • Commented on This explains everything
    Francophonically challenged is what I mean to say. Need more coffee......
  • Commented on This explains everything
    The liberties translators sometimes take are legendary. For almost a century, there was one English translation of "The Three Musketeers" and the translator took it upon himself to clean up Dumas' dirty prose. it wasn't until Penguin commissioned a new...
  • Commented on This explains everything
    RE: "The Morning of the Magicians" by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier, I seem to remember Robert Anton Wilson discussing this one at length, along with Baigent, Lincoln, and Leigh's "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" in his "Cosmic Trigger" books. It...
  • Commented on Women in SF and Fantasy
    I did see Dangerous Beauty, and quite enjoyed it!...
  • Commented on Women in SF and Fantasy
    I don't recall suggesting Julie D'Aubigny was a heroine of any sort, just an interesting historical figure who challenged social norms, sometimes violently. There does tend to be an overlap between heroism and excessive violence in western culture, but that...
  • Commented on Women in SF and Fantasy
    Hobbits may have been far down on the pecking order by human standards but Bilbo is clearly hobbit gentry. Tolkien doesn't get into the particulars, but the only way Bilbo's larder would be that well stocked was if he had...
  • Commented on Women in SF and Fantasy
    Adventuresome women are the black swans of history, like Julie D'Aubigny, a 17th-century opera singer/fencing master who once took holy orders just so she could sneak into a convent and seduce a nun. She was openly bisexual and liked to...
  • Commented on Unbreakable (part 1)
    *Big Trouble in Little China* is my favorite subverted action movie, because it turns out Jack Burton is the sidekick but thinks he's the hero (which means the actual hero is a Chinese American, which is damn near radical for...
  • Commented on Unbreakable (part 1)
    Most definitely, but this still underscores my point: Indie is unique among action heroes in that his stories are about self discovery dressed up as treasure hunting quests. Very few action movies have subtext, as the hero is out...
  • Commented on Unbreakable (part 1)
    One of the other unique things about Indiana Jones is that he not only gets the crap kicked out of him, he usually looses, and yet we love him anyway!...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    What Scott said. "Drought" in Oregon is not what you think it is. Maybe in Eastern Oregon, but that's geographically more like Idaho and the Widwest. Most of the Pacific Northwest, unlike England, consists of a massive valley in between...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    The drought/flooding boom bust problem is definitely one I'm familiar with, having lived in Georgia* for 12 years before we fled to the Pacific Northwest. My folks moved to Louisiana last summer and were wholly unprepared for a dry summer...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    The Pacific North-West has droughts and massive loss of life in huge forest fires. Um, no. I live in the Portland area and we've had one of the wettest years on record. A lot of our moisture is captured in...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    * Here in the US, the Democrats will propose a piece of sensible if flawed gun control legislation. The GOP will freak out, especially their mouthpieces in the RWM, causing the Dems to sabotage their own legislation, making it weaker....
  • Commented on Customer Satisfaction Survey
    v.2012 had a lot of bugs that will hopefully be fixed in the 2013 service pack upgrade. For instance: I was never able to open the Employment app at all and my wife could only get it to open part...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    I'm usually being sarcastic, so that's a fair assumption. Sure, holidays have been moved before and some are even set on relational schedules, but if you want to move Jesus' birthday to the summer, you'd have to convince the same...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    Good luck getting Christians to move their 2nd most sacred holiday to just 4 months after the 1st. Or at all. It'd be easier to just scale back Christmas 2 and change it's name to something less religiously contentious. And...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    This is because there are in actuality 2 holidays called Christmas: 1) A modest celebration of the birth of a particular mythic figure venerated by a once popular but now receding hero cult from the Near East. This used to...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    Even “John the Baptist” wasn’t as wierded-out as the author(s) of “Revelation” – I mean what was the guy ON? One theory I've heard is ergot. That John was in prison being fed moldy bread and basically had the sort...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    I mixed up my Biblical Johns. How embarrassing. That's what you get for writing comments after midnight with a head full of roast beef and gingerbread cookies. --Keith Edwards...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    He was, like Osama, completely brain-stuffed My favorite prophet is John the Baptist, who was so far out, everyone else in the Bible thought he was weird. Ponder that one a moment. "Sure, Ezekial and his flying wheel. Sounds plausible....
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