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  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    I'm sorry. My own copies of the Gil Hamilton and Jan Darzek books (which I thoroughly enjoy) are clearly labeled and marketed as "science fiction", not police or detective. One of us has missed the other's point, somewhere along...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    > that people make songs about the things > that are limited or lacking in their lives [thinks of the lengthy worldwide tradition of religious music...]...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Well, more like "selected to be agreeable to the Arisian expectations of what they should be." Remember, the Arisians had their agenda just like the Eddorians....
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    >science fiction is a subset of fantasy. I'd say it's a subset defined by limits. If you're writing, say, a police procedural, you're working with a given set of building blocks. Cops, criminals, procedures, crime scene investigation tools, surveillance video......
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    @69: Strangely, the US Armed Forces appear to be determined to die in a ditch over the whole issue, but to say they are socially conservative is possibly understatement ; --- I did a web search to refresh my memory...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Smith's "good guys" ruled by, essentially, divine right. They were the strongest, thus the most fit to rule, Q.E.D. From Seaton to the subspace explorers, their inherent superiority put them above all law, ethics, or morality. Fuhrerprinzip on steroids....
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    >I lost count of the number of reviewers, for >example, who complained that Slow River ...aaand... are you writing to please reviewers, who generally don't even pay for your books, or are you writing to please your paying customers, who...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    @10: Romance, especially, has the same problem as SF in that anything "good" is reclassified as literature ;-) --- I've seen claims for some huge percentage of all fiction sold in North American being "romance," but that seems to be...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    > Who is Us and who is Other? A question that doesn't arise in other genres. Though most people associate SF with robots and time travel and spaceships, SF is really just what's left over when the other genres draw...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I think it was more that Smith's Fascist superheros needed super-mates. Note the lack of other strong female characters in the Lensman universe. (though admittedly there were some in the Skylark universe)...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    >Gen 3 devices have to be locked down and >easy to use because they're aimed at people >who don't even know what a "computer" is. That's because they're mostly push-feed media devices. They're the "set-top box" that 1990s marketers wanted...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I dunno. I'd think a new, purpose-created character would go over better than retreading one from their grandparents' generation. At least, if they looked like they were going to make a reasonable commitment instead of flipping the character out...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    In the beginning I was indifferent to the Thor gender-bender thing. However, on further reflection the message I'm getting is, "Hey, we want to add a strong female character to our lineup, but we think so little of her...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    @53: hijack this thread --- I thought you were the one who started the threads? It's a subject that has come up peripherally in other threads, maybe it's time to get a thread of its own....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    > SF as a genre is terrified of the body. Perhaps the people who write SF are generally more interested in topics that don't fit into mainstream fiction. Or perhaps the gatekeepers who buy from them aren't interested in purchasing...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Some US card issuers offer "one-time card numbers" or similar services, precisely for when you want to make a dodgy transaction. My old Chase VISA required that I call the customer service number, tell a human how much or...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    > elephant polo I liked CM Kornbluth's version of polo he described in "The Syndic" back in 1953: (from the Gutenberg text) Vladek had loosed a premature burst from his fifty caliber at the ball, and sent it hurling off...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    I still don't see why you don't think you can write another "near future Scotland" novel until after things settle out. If Scotland had been independent when you wrote Halting State or The Atrocity Archives, I don't see what...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    @20: And every man in the U.S. of A. -- even women -- have the right to bear arms. --- Damn straight! You never known when you might run into evil alien pod people. Or Canadians. They're pretty much interchangeable....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    @8: you can't ... easily move your books to another reader/platform. So once you've bought a bunch, you're effectively locked into their walled garden. --- I don't think that's an important factor. Some of the people I know tend to...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    I got lost during your exposition. "Hero" is not the same thing as "superhero," at least by the definitions I use....
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    @29: Round robin is not your friend. --- I stayed with DOS as my primary environment until I made the move to Linux. On the other hand, I was one of those whackjobs running DESQview/386, which was a pre-emptive multitasking...
  • Commented on Interstitial note
    @37: Author sits in high-tech office armchair in front of computer with six to eight screens in front of him, all showing various word-processing files. --- "People ask me, 'why do you have six monitors?' The answer, of course, is...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    @39: the idea is to put a gun to their head and say "you can invest in these schemes and retain nominal ownership -- or we will nationalize the contents of your portfolio out from under you without compensation and...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    @408: even when you're buying robots, someone makes the robots. --- ...until your robots can make more robots, at which point your overclass now has seven-odd billion of surplus and possibly dangerous population that it doesn't need or want. Sure,...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    @333: generalist recruitment site like s1jobs.com usually advertises between 4,000 and 5,000 vacancies across the country, suspiciously, and has done so every time I’ve looked --- In the USA, many of those "job sites" don't appear to have any real...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    > Native Americans came from Siberia, Siberia > belongs to Russia, ergo the Americans are > properly Russian. At one time the Tsars claimed western North America from the polar regions to around Sacramento; Alaska, western Canada, Washington state, Oregon,...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    In the movie "Demolition Man", they posited a Constitutional amendment, which resulted in Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming President. Putin as a candidate is less unbelievable than Palin, though. She pretty much killed her fan base when she resigned as governor...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Thomas Edison designed an electric car over a hundred years ago, and ran into The Battery Problem. Ever since, better batteries have been just around the corner... but they've all run into one or more of the same basic...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    > basic income On the other hand, what do people need money *for*? Housing, food, clothing, healthcare, entertainment? Throw up some barracks, add a chow hall, issue your National Dole clothing, watch the government-approved shows the government-issue TV. Wait, I've...
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