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  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    Thanks! 2016 MidAmeriCon to-do list: 1) Purchase supporter membership ... done! 2) Find/read lots and lots of new SF/F ... oh joy! Start early to stay ahead of any nominations mayhem, and to pass along any recommendations. 3) Watch for...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    No clicking happening ... link not working. Try again? Thanks! [[ broken link now repaired - mod ]]...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    How soon until we can get/pay 2016 memberships?...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Couldn't find any info re: the Google avatar/agent you mentioned so checked at Google central re: better ways of discovering authors/works that we/readers would enjoy. Below are items 7 and 10 of their 10-point philosophy. (I believe that Google does...
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    Re: 'TLDR: We need better quantitative analysis of reviews. If only AMZN's system, which is probably the easiest and biggest repository to scrape, wasn't so crap ...' Suggestion: Using a survey format, ask the reader/rater 2 or 3 multiple choice...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Sampling ... anthologies Many consumer products still use sampling to generate trial/purchase. Although online book retailers will allow one to peak into a few pages, that's not at all the same as finding out how the author handles the beginning,...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    If you're not an author yourself, is there an author you would recommend who can illuminate for others your personal experience(s) with being bipolar? What you've just written about your day-to-day life has actually been quite useful/insightful. So, thank you!...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Haven't read all of the above comments yet .... Are your numbers of books published 'net' counts of a particular work/title or is this a number/count of all of the ISBNs released that year? By 'net' I mean all possible...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Is there any legal/legalistic similarity between the energy grid picture under discussion and Google's smart self-driving car? (If yes, wait to see what Google lawyers do ...)...
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    How does per capita energy usage compare with single vs. multiple family residences over the same period? (I'm unable to locate any reliable numbers on this ... housing starts stats are often for single-family dwellings ... at the same time,...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Air travel distance between China and the U.K. is equal to 1351.69 miles. So probably within missile range. http://www.distancefromto.net/distance-from/UK/to/China...
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    Re: "The other problem is that oil is a major military fuel, so going off oil right now is the equivalent of going off conventional military power." Not my bailiwick, but I'm curious ... how does the introduction of drone...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    It seems odd that given the widespread use/installation of already existing multiple/parallel energy sources in homes and businesses in North America that this is even a small deal. Specific example: natural gas for water heating and/or fire place and/or cooking...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Strange attractor territory... Hi: This just came in from Nature and thought it fit your interests/concerns. (You probably have a subscription/access.) Title: Perverse effects of carbon markets on HFC-23 and SF6 abatement projects in Russia (Lambert Schneider & Anja Kollmuss)...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Thanks to everyone who replied re: Worldcon finances, and Weber's HH take! Re: "Personally, I think this would be a great time to reboot cyberpunk, rip out the space travel, put in the real problems with social media, climate change,...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Okay ... and aside from uber competence, do his characters have any ... you know ... humanity?...
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    Re: From Charlie's Wired article link above ... "... a record 11,300-plus people bought memberships to the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, Washington.' (So, about $452,000 USD) What does this org do with the membership proceeds? They obviously...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    "Weber-esque Napoleonic-Navies-in-Space space opera, from a denunciation of empires and social conservativisim through to taking the piss out of their standard off-the-shelf let's-recycle-a-famous-naval-battle plot." - Exactly why I've purchased only one Weber book. Read two of his books, the second...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    I read YA as well because quite a few good regular SF/F authors (e.g. Pratchett, Heinlein) have written for this market segment. A good storyteller is a good storyteller....
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    This sounds interesting to me too, thanks ... will add it my list!...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    "But I think a crowd sourced recommended SF reading list with a one line description of series or novels would be a valuable resource for the wider SF community." Great, thanks! Looking forward to it! This could also be later...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    A question: Are there some topics, character depictions, points of view that would enrage a publisher/reading public if put forth by a female author (vs. a male author)? For example ... some milSF is actually thinly veneered torture porn, and...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    Thanks - just looked up Peter Watts, sounds very much like what I'm interested in. Will start with 'Blindsight'. According to Wikipedia, Charlie liked it and it's available online under the Creative Commons license. On-topic ... Recently received a Big...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    Is there an Excel spreadsheet somewhere listing all SF/F authors (male and female) showing a bit of detail re: story plot line, level of tech, types of main characters, etc.? Because, I really do have some idea as what types...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Yes, I'm familiar with that esp. the NASA example....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Ditto on the Tufte recommendation. ("The Leonardo da Vinci of data." THE NEW YORK TIMES) Information presented à la Tufte is the antithesis of the typical PowerPoint slide: more information (variables), shown in appropriate granularity/scale, with more possible relationships observed....
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    When I'm shopping for new authors I also check (as in 'buy') anthologies. Unfortunately, for many authors, short stories seem to have become passé or are too difficult/time-consuming to write. Is there a reference resource that the general public can...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Why YA isn't converting to adult SF/F -- Maybe because most of the SF/F they hear about in class is so-o-o boring? SF/F has been around for long enough that the upcoming generation may think that it's out of step...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Interesting ... Stepwise multiple regression is in widespread use in marketing research specifically for identifying/quantifying 'Drivers of...'. In most marketing research applications, the variables input into the models are well-known/understood, i.e., lots of previous studies/analyses have confirmed that these variables...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    I'm assuming that someone is going to do a stepwise multiple regression to identify/quantify the 'Drivers of sales/Hugo winner'* ^. So, another few items to toss into the statistics pot: Country hosting the Worldcon and Hugo winner ... and proportion...
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