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  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Yes, you can find a clip by googling "expedition to Lake Pahoe". I got the 'transcript' from Monty Python's Just the Words website....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Re: Cannibalism. ISTR seeing a news item on TV years ago about how cannibalism had persisted in the British Navy. I was fortunately able to find a transcript, which follows. "Well first of all I'd like to apologize for the...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    John Varley has announced it as being done at his website (varley.net). I checked Amazon, but no sign of it there yet....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    FWIW, John Varley has finished Irontown Blues, so it should be seeing publication eventually....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    A serious +1 to The Steel Bonnets - it is truly excellent. I'm sad that Fraser's last novel (The Reivers, set in the same time period) left me so cold....
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    The converse of 'the Industrial Revolution was Inevitable' is interesting. I've read quite a few books (Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp was probably the first) where someone gets thrown back in time and tries to jumpstart local...
  • Commented on Administrative note
    Thanks for the additional insight into the publishing business. I knew before I made the comment that the rumour had already been thoroughly denied by all concerned. I was trying to be clever - with 'trying' being the most important...
  • Commented on Administrative note
    But they referred to it on Tor's website!...
  • Commented on Administrative note
    Were you going to announce the book you're co-authoring with John Scalzi?...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I'm really looking forward to this series. the newly-reconstituted North American Commonwealth I've been wondering whether the successor state to the New British Empire would try to keep the (presumably still Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking) parts of the realm. If they...
  • Commented on Beer, San Francisco
    I'd love to go, but I'm 40 hours away by car! Get someone to have one for me....
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    Ludvig has it right: "The Moral Virologist" is the story in question. The story also appeared on one of Gardner Dozois's "Year's Best" anthologies....
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this book. I ordered it from the Book Depository last week. I hope it gets here (to Ontario, Canada) -before- the strike by Canada Post begins (if indeed the strike happens at...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I'm horribly reminded of the Leonard Cohen song "Everybody Knows": Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows that the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Doesn't the UK have a land border with another country due to a European possession?...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    Heh. Massive tangent, but a recent New Yorker had a list of guard's complaints about Spartacus: - "Spartacus said he had a secret to tell me, then burped loudly into my ear. I still have some ringing." "I noticed Spartacus...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    All aboard the GSV Shiny Happy People!...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    ISTR that someone said that Balder never actually did anything other than standing around being pretty. If you wanted something done, Loki was your go-to guy. (This may have been in Joanne Harris's The Gospel of Loki. Since that novel...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Les Miserables might not have had SO treatment, but Sir PTerry's Night Watch can be seen as a deconstruction: Night Watch has a number of influences from the book and musical Les Miserables, but these are a lot less obvious...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    It seems to me that the WEIRD society problems you describe are due to all or part of their populations not having a stake in the government. The 1837 rebellions in what would become Ontario and Quebec were caused at...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    How necessary is public engagement to a functioning modern state? In most western countries, there is at least an illusion of control of government by the public in terms of periodic elections (although the reality of who actually controls government...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Re: 'grep'. Today's xkcd comic has an alt-text of interest: "I searched my .bash_history for the line with the highest ratio of special characters to regular alphanumeric characters, and the winner was: cat out.txt | grep -o "\\\[[(].*\\\[\])][^)\]]*$" ... I...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    One of the points made in the article Twilight of the Books was that illiterate people may have thought differently from literate people. It's difficult to prove that oral and literate people think differently; orality, Havelock observed, doesn't "fossilize" except...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Barbara Hambly's Sisters of the Raven series is similar. Background: Magic could only be done by men. Suddenly, men's magic rapidly weakened, and women could for the first time do magic. Needless to say, in a patriarchal society, this didn't...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    +1 on Baru Cormoront. It is an excellent, highly disturbing book. "The greatest weapon in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." -Steve Biko...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    The Order of the Stick came up with something along those lines (2nd last panel). OOTS is an entertaining webcomic that is heavily inspired by AD&D....
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    +1 on the whole Medieval Army Problem. I'm working my way through the excellent Divided Houses, which covers the middle years of the Hundred Years War (1369 - 1399). Time and again in the book, you see the nobility of...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Genevieve Cogman
    I read Sorcerer to the Crown yesterday (The Invisible Library isn't in Canada yet). I strongly second Charlie's endorsement. It was lots of fun....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Things that really turn me off of a novel: a) Characters that have no motivation save to advance the plot. b) Authors who can't write believable dialogue for their characters. c) Stuff that doesn't make sense in the context of...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    Regarding how 'women can never fight! No, really! Kameron Hurley's Hugo Award winning essay We have Always Fought is a really good corrective. It seems that people throughout history (including the History of Right Now) have edited women out of...
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