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  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    I still think your world is grimmer than the actuality. For instance, in Scotland tweed making was a social activity as well as work, and (despite what Wikipedia says or doesn't say) is the origin of port-a-buel (mouth music), a...
  • Commented on Keep the money in the family
    Ok, I'm not going to buy a whole lot of ePubs, but the ordering of books in a catalogue I find most personally convenient is:- Key1 - $author Key2 - $series. Treat "standalone novels" as a series title for this...
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    Likewise; I just can't find an e-reader I can get on with (all too heavy, too bulky to hold one-handed, too small, can't display the right amount of text, can't do the right font size, don't allow easy scroll back...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    And went virtually unreported due to the latest round of bread and circusses......
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    #118 - #120 Based on some knowledge of archaeology and cost accounting, I think Jay's figures are close but too high. For instance, I've also seen a similar figure claiming that the said woman also spent 30 hours/week in food...
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    Well, I'm counting "opportunities to be involved in a meatspace conversation which is not part of a scheduled programme item" (so no GoH speaches, kaffeeklatches, formal signing sessions (I am counting the time Tanith Lee just rocked up at an...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    I'm more used to BSFA Eastercons and smaller than to Worldcon signing queues....
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    Can#t remember the street name off-hand, but one of the side streets off Argyll Street / Trongate leading up towards George Square / Ingram street and hence Strthclyde Uni?...
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    I take it was a reply to #108 about the second-hand bookshop? If so, the owners retired before anyone ever heard of Jff Bzs in the context of book retailing....
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    Eratum - "We'll also have met agents, authors, professional commercial artists" should read "We'll also have met agents, editors, professional commercial artists"...
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    Agreed, to the extent that I think that a significant number of con-going fans will have met 100 or more professional writers (and I'm not even cheating by counting people like Charlie as con-going fans). We'll also have met agents,...
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    This may be the wrong place to put this, but Glasgow used to have a specialist second hand bookshop which only sold detective fiction and F&SF. This was handy, because you could find most of both genres in a single...
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    ...and, indeed (the names are removed or changed to protect the guilty) SF is oen of the few genres where one author is quite capable of fanboi-ing another....
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    Well, on the question of the RCs and celibate clergy, my (possibly flawed) understanding is that it developed from around the Synod of Whitby....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I suggest you go and read the Lensman series again then. It explicitly states that the Lensmen were actually selected, not by the training academies which were set up for the benefits they conferred on everyone else, but for being...
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    I actually own some books that qualify as "romantic fiction", and also as (ray guns and FTL spaceships) "space opera", and could also squeeze into "humour" in some cases....
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    That seems entirely reasonable, particularly given that, on a Windoze box, it's utterly trivial for me to set up user level accounts as $real_name for work and paws4thot for leisure....
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    I was going to try and say something similar in response to #37, but I think I can just agree that Rule 34 (and Halting State) treat sexuality (and any kinks) as an aspect of a character's personality, rather than...
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    I'm far from certain that I'm addressing your point here, but I'd suggest that the reason that most "organised religion" has a down on same-sex relationships is that, until recently, they didn't (couldn't) produce a new set of targets for...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I wouldn't mormally offer this as an excuse, much less a reason, but I was abut 10 when I first read Galactic Patrol. Such being the case, I think I should at least be allowed to perceive the series as...
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    #142 - True, but try finding USian Republicans who object to the "War on Drugs" on any grounds, never mind libertarian ones. Also, taking an anti-drugs stance seems highly necessary when your enemy is trying to use drugs as a...
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    Er, did we read the same series? Smith's "Civilisation" strikes me as being a working libertarian culture (sample quote - "If this war hadn't broken out, we would have had to cut the tax rate again due to too much...
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    Well, first-off, if you read my other comments on the subject, and some of Nicola's, I think you'll find that you were sort of re-running an existing argument. OK? I'm not that into comic book characters, so the only one...
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    Sort of, at least for values of "missed" that appear identical to "forgot about"....
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    Absolutely - In fact that's why I bought a copy....
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    I can't think of any human-power aircraft that's made it more than about 50 feet up or covered more than 4 or 5km. Based on checking the Kramer prizes....
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    "But in real life John Waynes tend to either get their asses badly kicked <cough> Audie Murphie....
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    Para 1 - For me the biggest issue now with recommending Fables to anyone is that the main sequence is at least at volume 20, plus at least 2 Cinderella missons and 3 Fairest off-shoot stories....
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    Para 1 - Ok, with the note that Triplanetary actually contains some of Smith's most accurate writing, notably the WW2 chapter, where the explosives line is recognisable to anyone (such as Greg and myself) who ever had a relative in...
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    The "big lesson" I got from that was that they'd got Christianity all over my Norse paganism!...
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