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  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    It has often been said our generation has an unhealthy obsession with apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. That's so, because our generation is the happiest generation of humans that ever existed. Compared to the past, we are living in an utopia....
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    But Israel is a tiny country to do this to themselves. Even though they did it in a desert where it never rains, the treff will spread in all directions. It will eventually get into the groundwater. Sheesh, radio-phobic much?...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Oh dear Cthulhu, this is hilarious! I'm an atheist. I'm not even Jewish by the orthodox Jewish law. Try a different argument....
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    I'm almost ready to say we give everybody a year or two to take off, and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to not be sure. Awww. Words like this always make me glad Israel has...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Thank you! A perfect example! Actually, it's you and many other commenters here that make a perfect example of bollocks in western media. Israeli-Palestinian conflict, turned into a simple narrative, with designated villains and designated victims, and repeated over and...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    . Personally, I'm with Charlie, in that I don't expect electronic media to last nearly that long. I expect any given piece of electronic media to last as long as the internet, as long as there is any effort to...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    For example, an Israeli attack on Gaza is almost always 'retaliation', but I have never heard a Hamas attack described as such, even when they had reported the previous Israeli attacks. Considering that the pattern of hostilities between Israel and...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Yeah but what civilized military dares machine gun an entire population? That would surely be uncivilized, and probably racist. A horde is not en entire population, a horde is usually a lot of young men with weapons. Entire population would...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Yeah, no. Large numbers ceased to matter since the invention of the machine gun. Nowadays a sufficiently large horde is just an easy target....
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Just because you can build a computer in the universe, doesn't mean the universe itself is in a computer. That's just anthropomorphism again. In the past people attributed human-like personality to forces of nature, nowadays that's out of vogue, so...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Hmm. I can also justify the claim that male-gendered activities and values are societally deprecated, but let's not go there. I say go ahead, it will be fun to watch....
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Mind you, I am now having to restrain myself from writing a short fanfic story: a visit from one of Iain M. Banks' Culture's ships, as seen by H. P. Lovecraft, would indeed be seen as a visit by Cthulhu...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Have you ever tried to describe how an orgasm or falling in love (or out of love) feels to someone who's never experienced it? At best, you can help someone who's experiencing it for the first time understand what they're...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    For example, why should a Buddhist, who believes that existence at best is the eternal equivalent of middle school and that our fate is to be endlessly reborn into it, have a problem with a Lovecraftian Universe? Hmm... Well, Nirvana...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Bloody Terrifying And yet... take an average person (emphasis on average person, as opposed to an average book/movie character) from thousand years ago, transport them to a modern western country, and they will think they...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Programming and Lovecraftian fantasies come together because both are illusions of power. Just as geeks like to imagine wielding terrible power through a computer, all without leaving the safety of their house, so too they like to imagine summoning Cthulhu....
  • 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...
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