Jean Lamb

Jean Lamb

  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    No. At least not till we know a great deal more. Human groups tend to fall part past a certain size anyway, and we have all seen the wonderfulness of group think, sometimes by being the target of it. Some...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Perhaps there is more than one AI, and the one who recreated humans is seriously bored and wants to see what the original race was like under certain field conditions, and if by stealing a starship they muck up something...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Anyway, try this. While it's corporate output, the user quotes are fairly unambiguous: http://www.codeonemagazine.com/article.html?item_id=182 --Thank you, I will check it out. All knowledge is...sometimes really interesting....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I did, and I realized I should have said 'semi-Colin'. And then I laughed and laughed and laughed ....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    And only slightly earlier, Manchester City fans apparently voting to name one end of their new stadium after Colin Bell. You can guess the name. --But it's only part of the stadium, so wouldn't it be a semi-colon?...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Although China's lack of moralistic nagging is counterbalanced by blatant racism, at least in Africa(if you're not Chinese you don't count, Middle Kingdom, and all that). A lot of Africans are beginning to realize that perhaps the Americans weren't quite...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Totally agree. Every once in awhile I dip into the comments sections at military dot com and frankly, the number of people who appear to be on active duty service who consider the F-35 a POS are legion (even the...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Coming in very late to the party, I have some idea of what's going on (I subscribe and read to The Economist and read this blog). Right now most Statesians are, to the extent that they pay attention to politics,...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    One might consider the Marshall Plan as a blow against Communism during the post-WWII era; famine made it easier for Soviets to promote their ideology. Of course, that gives rise to the slogan: "Food Will Win the War"(but how can...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Then there was the planet Bennett, which was R&R and larder for the Fleet (in the Lensman books)....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Ah, small press writer Scott Washburn (available at the usual outlets) has a novel entitled *Great Martian War: Invasion* from the pov of Teddy Roosevelt, who is making preparations to defend the US from same. I've read one of his...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    And to take the theme of Opera a little bit further, one could characterize the work of Suzette Haden Elgin as Grand Old Space Opry (cf Nashville) due to her extremely strong Appalachian roots. Since she had a doctorate in...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    "Computers/AI evolution ... why can't there be an ecology based on AI? There are probably many different OS out there and some even 'talk' to each other ... what would happen if programs/OSs/AIs had to compete with each other to...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I have a universe in my head where someone does build a generation ship (usual asteroid hollow out routine), and just as it's ready to go, someone inconsiderately invents a jump drive which, alas, is the kind that limits the...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I had real trouble with this trope in Robinson's 2312--I still have a sneaking suspicion that the solar space-going economy is somehow ultimately dependent on the agricultural surplus of the Lowly Terran Peasant, despite the heavy-duty Handwavium of Robinson's standard...
  • Commented on Warlords and eunuchs and slaves, oh my! Picking the problematic for The Aldabreshin Compass
    Haven't worked that part out yet. I still have a couple of books ahead to finish up and write before I get to Zhakub and his slave school. There are probably some classical works common to the Inner Sea cultures...
  • Commented on Warlords and eunuchs and slaves, oh my! Picking the problematic for The Aldabreshin Compass
    He hides in plain sight on Ciara, an island notorious for being a slave trade center. There is a good market for scribes, freed or otherwise, due to the Mintaran Empire trying to make slavery look respectable to areas that...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    I am still trying to figure which would be worse, Bunga-Bunga or Nehemiah Scudder in a cheap suit...even Roboto Rubio is looking better, if only because you can see fairly clearly exactly where his strings lead to....
  • Commented on Warlords and eunuchs and slaves, oh my! Picking the problematic for The Aldabreshin Compass
    In my Dead Man's Hand universe, I'm going to have a subversive character run a school for slaves, and helping them acquire enough money to become freedmen--who of course are obliged to write 'home' once a month about conditions in...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Sad to say, there seem to be a fair number of straight white male bloggers who would have no trouble with a President Trump, at least till the brownshirts got around to them. Hillary is currently running ahead (granted, by...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    I would like to point out that Obama won over Clinton in 2008 through the use of superdelegates of his own, and that her primary victories brought her much closer than people think. But it's always ok if someone else...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    High schools may not have 3D printers, but our local military base has one for its 5th grade science program called Starbase (Statesian science program run through the Department of Defense. My husband teaches there now). It's only a matter...
  • Commented on Burnout, creativity, and the tyranny of production schedules
    You rule. Seriously. Your post gave me a lot of perspective on chores (although I bribe myself to fold laundry by watching The Simpsons or A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, or an old Game of...
  • Commented on Burnout, creativity, and the tyranny of production schedules
    Sorry if I'm mangling the quote, but...'there are nine and ninety ways/Of composing tribal lays/and every single blasted one is right'. And I can indeed foresee a time when I might need to take a year off, as well. I...
  • Commented on Burnout, creativity, and the tyranny of production schedules
    I dunno about 2k a day being hard...of course I'm revising stuff already in first draft, and so I'm not having much trouble. I discovered that I could do NaNoWriMo reasonably well when I was still working the day job...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    I live in eastern Oregon, at 4200 feet, in one of the bigger cities in the area, and those idiots at the Malheur Refuge came from Arizona and Nevada--and everyone was glad to see them gone, believe me. We obsess...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    "don't be surprised if, to a human onlooker, their behaviour suddenly flips from friendly, helpful, and empathic to slippery and Machiavellian at best and incomprehensible or psychopathic at worst. Because they're not human, really: they wear a smiling, three-dimensional human...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    I would like to add here that the 'mommy wars' (poor women should work at crap jobs, but middle class and up women should stay home and not compete for the *good* jobs) are awfully silent these days. And no,...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Non-recommended method to disposing of radon detector/Other Dodgy Stuff: entomb in concrete in an old paint can. Dispose with other mixed pickup load of stuff at landfill. Not that we ever did that with that Very Interesting Can in the...
  • Commented on Today is officially cancelled
    I did not know Mr. Hartwell; hearing so much about him makes me wish I had. To quote T'Pau: "I grieve with thee."...
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