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  • Commented on Second childhood?
    This is weird. 95% of the comics mentioned in this thread are in my RSS reader, and yet I'm pretty sure my political views are significantly different from most people here. Seems to be no correlation. PS. Romantically Apocalyptic is...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    OK, how about this: a simple vampire/zombie ratio, which keeps falling from the 40s to the present....
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    LOL, of course. Scratch that thing....
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Set the starting year to 1900. It's really weird, looks like as soon as zombies arrive (as a concept) they begin to compete with (the older concept of) vampires......
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Charlie, FYI, you can use formulas in google Ngram. Check this out. Zombies and vampires are in perfect anti-correlation. It's scary!...
  • Commented on They Took Our Myths
    Yes, but then you're dealing in archetypes, not specific myths. Why do you think that Marvel have spent a great deal of time, effort, and money getting Spiderman back from Sony, rather than just creating a Spiderman-alike? Because what audiences...
  • Commented on They Took Our Myths
    >>>But most of our myths are locked up beyond our reach. I call bullshit politely disagree with this. When Alan Moore found the myths "locked up beyond his reach", he simply changed the names, and thus we got the amazing...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    It's been said, truthfully enough, that 50 years ago the best and the brightest were trying to cure cancer or land astronauts on the moon; these days they're trying to front-run the stock market by 50 milliseconds or develop a...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    So, what are Star Wars and Warhammer 40k? There are a lot of books under those brands......
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    On the biological side .. isn't the cell's mitochondrion a type of parasite? Or would you say this is a symbiote? It's an organelle that used to be an organism long time ago....
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Well, Twilight was originally HP fan fiction, and 50 Shades of Grey was originally Twilight fan fiction, so I suppose those are successful clones... I know 50 Shades was Twilight ff, but Twilight was HP? Really? Do you have any...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Charlie, question to you as a person in the know: what are the current trends in fiction? A few articles I found suggest that in the recent period there were those waves: 1. Fantasy: Harry Potter and its clones (are...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    vampires are only sexy when they're anthropomorphic. Anything, ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING is sexy when it is anthropomorphic. That's how the brain works. Sexiness is in the shape, not in the substance....
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Not only are they useless, not only are they nutritional parasites, taking our own food, not only do they prevent their owners from breeding by taking the place of real offspring--we created them and we sell them at a...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Oh, and I consider the appellation Social Justice Warrior to be a compliment, not an insult. Charlie, surely you as a writer should know that words can deceive. Just as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is neither Democratic, nor...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    There's a little problem with this idea: "That Heinz tomato soup was delicious. John ate two portions, before realizing it was actually made from rancid sperm and cyanide"....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    BTW, Charlie, why are you opposing Clean Reader, yet supporting Ad-block?...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Charlie, if you want to make a political statement, I suggest you take all the swear-words, simply inverse them (tnuc, kcuf, tihs etc.) and persuade your piblishers to go with this. It won't be too hard for your readers to...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    PS, Crap, I think the Israel/Palestine shit-storm is turning into another Strange Attractor......
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    *rolls eyes* Right, because the Israel/Palestine conflict is only about the water....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    That's avoiding the question entirely. You don't need to make 100% of the population unemployable to see some deleterious effects. But that's not new. Entire sectors became obsolete in the past, people lost jobs and sometimes literally starved to death....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Or perhaps you could point to examples where the capitalists have actually noticed and cared about such a point? I don't think the situation ever got to the point where automation can render the entire workforce obsolete....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Kindly explain Singapore. Deng Xiaoping. Khrushchev. Et cetera. (Relatively) benevolent dictators can exist. I don't think they reproduce very well thought. That would Tolkien come true. :-)...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    We're living in an era of increasing automation. And it's trivially clear that the adoption of automation privileges capital over labour (because capital can be substituted for labour, and the profit from its deployment thereby accrues to capital rather than...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Since the collapse of the USSR and the rise of post-Tiananmen China it has become glaringly obvious that capitalism does not require democracy. Or even benefit from it. Capitalism as a system may well work best in the absence of...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    >>“The Nightmare Stacks”, Laundry Files book seven. Maybe it was proposed before already, but "The Nightmare Stacks" just begs for "The Horror Heap" and "The Maleficent Malloc". (It's about an Eldritch Abomination written in C++)....
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    We won't. That's the elephant in the room of science fiction. An interstellar spaceship must of necessity be a closed-system habitat. Once you have one, you don't need a colony any more, your spaceship is one. You may want to...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    (Also: looking at the modern biological sciences through eyes educated in 1920s biology/medicine is well worth it, just for the insanely dizzying perspective it gives you. Most folks don't realize just how far we've come.) Most folk also don't...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Ugh, the Strange Attractor strikes again. Stahp, what are you doing? We discussed it all before in like seven threads. Stahp! ... Ah, what the hell, once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more! Seriously, we don't need sub-luminal...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    And they're doing it by providing their readers with the joy of sexual fantasy, at only $2.99 a pop. Isn't it the same thing porn actors do?...
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