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  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    3) Don't start land wars in Asia. So, just drone strikes are OK?...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    "If you can read this, the bomb that I was buried with will go of in 3, 2..."...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Unless the survivors/victors are illiterate....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Look, I'm sorry. I shouldn't argue with people about their visions of imaginary worlds. It's like a Jew and a Muslim arguing about whose god is better. Yours probably will make as good a background for a sci-fi novel, as...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Solar will undercut *all* energy generation tech on price, even "too cheap to meter" fusion. You don't know that. It may undercut them in 10 years, but not in 20. Or vice versa. You can't predict the price of new...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    --interstellar colonization and sustainable civilization are mutually contradictory, hence an interstellar civilization has to constantly colonize new planets, as the old ones collapse from the weight of resource depletion. This doesn't make sense. Just interplanetary (not even interstellar) civilization will...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I want to see a nuclear aircraft carrier on hydrofoil. :-)...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    So, imagine elves. Right-wing libertarian elves. In a thermonuclear super-sonic airplane. Which is piloted by AI. Carrying Ebola from Liberia to USA. Yeah, that's about it....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    If they can develop a 100Mw Mr-Sunshine-in-a-Container device It will be The End Of The World As We Know It. Goodbye, fossil fuels. Also, goodbye solar power, wind power, hydro power... Hello, thermonuclear airplanes! I'll believe it when I'll see...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    "...if this is how elves fuse." Not a pretty mental picture. It's just basic elf biology. When two haploid elves want to undergo sexual reproduction, they must fuse into a diploid form to undergo genetic recombination....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Meh, Elves are boring. Now, Moomins on the other hand......
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Actually, I get the impression Charlie is not going for "evil elves"; "evil" necessitates the "concept of good and evil", e.g. a certain subset of human ethical systems, something notoriously absent in sociopaths. Or cats, for that matter. Always liked...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Ha! Two strange attractors at the same time. Politics and Cthulhu!...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Finally, a transition from the hackneyed magic Masquerade trope (I blame Harry Potter) to bona fide Alternative History meets Cosmic Horror. 8-)...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    A "Laundry List" would be a great name for a Laundry book, actually. 8-)...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    1. Tolkien didn't invent elves; he took existing mythic archetypes and turned them to his own purpose. Tolkien developed his own elves so thoroughly that they are now their own distinct archetype, as proved by the endless rip-offs. He could...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    ... aaand we have a new strange attractor, one that would have been on-topic for the previous thread. I, for one, welcome our new strangely attractive overlords....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    To be honest, trope inversion is one of the laziest things a writer can do. Hurr, Tolkien elves are good, let's make them evil, durr......
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Why would immortal elves living in Paradise need a Smartphone? There is no need for haste in communication, they can just meet in person. Although he did design the Palantiri... Now, a smartphone app written by Feanor - that would...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Cthulhu is very similar to Roko's Basilisk. Summon him and he will eat you first. Otherwise, you'll have to suffer before he eats you....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Maybe we need a few permanent comment threads on the usual topics?...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Chthulu Oh woe, you misspelled His Dark Name!...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    STRANGE ATTRACTORS: - Artificial intelligence. - Space colonization (and the impossibility thereof). - Apocalyptic visions of the future. They are not strange at all, Charlie. They are the themes of your writing....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Power ... the price curve for photovoltaic has it competitive with coal next year. No, it doesn't do base load -- but if it gets even cheaper (which is by no means impossible) we should be able to divert power...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I'm not sure that does anything to contradict my arguments:- 1) Scrying was possible without using a Palantir. 2) The powers of a Palantir are at least partly a reflection of the powers of the user. To clarify. Galadriel could...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    A lot of gamers, I think, at some point tried to re-create the kind of wonder they got when first reading Lord Of The Rings, only to discover that players don't act like Tolkien's characters. Give them a magic item...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I'm afraid you mix correlation with causality. It all begins with: A: Scientific discovery. A inspires: B: SF authors to write stories. C: Engineers to work on new technologies based on A. So, A->B and A->C, does not equal B->C....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    However when you step back, the visions of the future that have been laid out, and that more technical competent people then make happen, are probably the biggest societal plus point for SF. This is not how the universe works....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    re 80: this is "all in the manual", BTW, written by Tolkien himself....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    One Ring is an artifact that can be made only once, as it is basically a vessel holding most of the power of Sauron, who is, in the time of LOTR, the most powerful being in the world. There is...
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