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  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Classic detectives don’t level up to more and more power every novel, but fantasy detectives do Reginald Hill's Dalziel & Pascoe series had Pascoe leveling up from DS to a high ranking cop. I can't remember his final rank, but...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    So what's the next step for the Iraqi government? Blockade the military bases? If they simply prevented shipments of food into them, that would get people's attention pretty quickly, I'd think. Options: * the US takes off the mask and...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    helping reconstyruct parts of the chemical/dye etc industries in & around Bielefeld At least he was under the impression that he was there. He was probably somewhere else.......
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Right now, there's no reason to suppose it was an 'accident' and every reason to suppose it was a genuine accident. DJT orders the murder of a high-ranking government official (gets it, plus nine other corpses) and promises that any...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    It was a busted flush by the late 80s/early 90s Which meant that Julian May's Pliocene-Milieu series was the last big hurrah for psi powers. I reread the series a couple of years ago. The Suck Fairy had got to...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    And now for something lighter (and totally off-topic, unless you include Pigeon's GAH what a stink. Is there any truth to this comic's depiction of how coffee is made in Scotland?...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Well, Justin Trudeau just said that it was an Iranian missile that brought down Flight 752. I hope that this is wrong. Why would the Iranians do this? (Unless it was a massive non-state-sponsored cock-up on their part.)...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    have a reputation for honesty to maintain. Let's hope their desire for an honest reputation is greater than bond credit rating agencies was in the lead-up to 2008. I think it was Michael Lewis who reported that someone said to...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Here's a possible example of Low Fantasy, courtesy of James Nicoll's blog: The Dubious Hills, by Pamela Dean. Purely local problem faced and solved by locals who aren't descended from anybody who expects to wield supreme power just 'cause some...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I bought and enjoyed it. Thanks for writing it....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    It occurs to me that if the Iranians don't want to escalate, they'd just play tit-for-tat and kill a high-ranking member of the US occupying forces in Iraq. "We did to you exactly what you did to us. Now we're...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    +100% on the Graydon. I preordered last night (this morning, really) after I got home from a New Years Eve Party. Not sure I completely agree with the Mary-Sue characterization of the sorcery school candidates. They are shown to pay...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    With all this talk about slaughterbots / drone warfare, I'm surprised nobody has brought up Linda Nagata's excellent The Last Good Man. It's about a military contracting company in a plausible near-future setting, where the use of drones is ubiquitous....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    I've occasionally wondered about how some Red Dawn scenario would play out in real life. Could some country load six to ten battalions of troops (including APCs, etc) onto cargo ships, then set sail under phony cargo manifests to somewhere...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    so the US and Allies just kept bombing Japan with conventional iron bombs and never invaded. They were still doing it in 1955, A conventional war that continued for 14 years (1941-1955)?!? That is more fantasy than SF. The US...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    H'mm. I recall Charlie mentioning that he'd banned you because you went full UKIP. Back then your handle was "dirk bruere" instead of "Dirk Bruere". I could be misremembering, of course. An interesting note that I saw yesterday is that...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Damian @213: Other themes that want treatment: Austro-Hungarian Navy John Biggins's A Sailor of Austria is a good treatment of the Habsburg Navy in the OTL WWI. It's an excellent book, full of the horror and absurdity of war. Biggins...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    AI: Threat or Menace? Or Menacing Threat?...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    OT, but I think Bob Howard!2003 might have found this one funny. According to SMBC, it seems that there is a human-crewed mission to Mars ongoing right now. "We scanned the globe for people willing to forgo most human contact...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    In one of his stories in the collection Exhalation, Ted Chiang has as the setting a universe where the creation really did occur several thousand years in the past. The God of that world didn't do the omphalos trickery, though...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Saw something on Twitter that might appeal to Greg: a map showing the longest single uninterrupted train journey currently possible on Earth. Starts in Portugal, ends in Vietnam 17,000+ km later....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    The person on the receiving end asks: "What's updog?" "Nothing much. What's up with you?" (References to the current saying "What's up, dog?" as a popular greeting among the youth of today. [Also may refer to Bugs Bunny's saying "What's...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    We're well past #300, so I note that Harry Connolly just published his new book One Man: http://harryjconnolly.com/blog/ I've liked his stuff in the past and I look forward to reading this one....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    You missed an excellent chance for a joke there. They make good ice cream, fool, pies, crumbles, fruit salad, slushies, updog and more. Then Allen Thomson asks: "What's updog?" with the usual denouement....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Part of the problem is that having $100Bn changes the way you think. Your brain likes taking shortcuts. If everybody around you says "Good idea, sir!" to whatever you say, pretty soon you think that everything you say is a...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    No blogging currently because I have just emitted 45,000 words of fiction in the past four weeks Your muse must have shown up again!...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    In the 2002 film Insomnia, Al Pacino plays a cop who's sent from LA to Alaska for Reasons. He shows up and starts barking orders: get this person here, get that person there, do this, do that. The local cop...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Meanwhile, there appears to be some possible progress towards democracy in North Carolina I recall that one of the long-term goals of the First Man in the New American Commonwealth was to "bring democracy to the United States of America."...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    someone you could sit and have a beer with Which is another bit of irony - GWB has been teetotal since 1986. I don't know when Trump stopped drinking (or even if he ever started) but his brother Fred Trump...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Ugh. I just did a search for "Celtic Cross Flag" and it seems that it has been taken over by neo-Nazis - red field, white circle, black (Celtic) cross. Well down the list are non-neo-Nazi versions of the flag. Perhaps...
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