Jean Lamb

Jean Lamb

  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Some women writers are waaay off the radar; I am self-pub due to Various Circumstances, and I figured, better Big River than nobody (and was pleasantly surprised by sales last year, about the amount of a newbie advance in print)....
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    I'd like to mention that Susan R. Matthews is still publishing Jurisdiction work, and that she will be at Sasquan. Baen has decided to take on the new one, last I heard. (for me it's a guilty pleasure, but I...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    And then there's Desert Peach, and I am surely spending some time in the Hot Place for laughing at some of the Nazi jokes Ms. Barr left in German (apparently even the Nazis had fun with the slogan 'Strength Through...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    If someone wants a *different* look at Orcs (and halflings and whatnot), I strongly recommend Mary Gentle's GRUNTS. A rabid subversion of tropes with lots of explosions--what's not to like?...
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    Other occupations for vampires-- Laundress for a community of women, most of whom are child-bearing age. Midwife (in a team with a human, because babies show up any old time). Theodoric of York, Medieval Dentist! (or assistant to same, who...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Speaking of religion, I am a Christian and agree that I certainly do not know the mind of God, or indeed, the mind of an awful lot of other people. It pleases me to be that way, and it's difficult...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I expect the banking industry will be talking to Mr. Cameron soonest and explain to him why this is a Very Bad Idea. Old pickle jars and mattresses may well come back in vogue among customers who are discovering that...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Shoes that FIT. (I have what is technically known as Funny Feet, and no access or enough money for custom work.)...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Ramblin' Rod! I saw him once in the Rose Parade when I was a kid (The Dalles is basically the furthest east suburb of Portland, culturally speaking)....
  • Commented on Down tools
    Er, I meant soak everything IN a huge tub of hot water. Time to go home now!...
  • Commented on Down tools
    I once wrote a fanfic of 800k, but that was in two years, so I expect that should be prorated. Still, I did have a day job at the time... But I need to go find a copy of Cold...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Cross-universe travel to compete in a game show is hereby prohibited. Cross-universe travel to acquire new pets is also prohibited (even if dodos are delicious and the commissary find them easy to prepare). Our counterparts in Jurisfiction were *not* amused,...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Employees may no longer conduct any operations offshore during "Talk Like a Pirate Day". The term 'skeleton crew' is not to be used literally....
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    Just a quick note--Mobipocket Creator converts .pdf to .prc (readable on Kindle and my Palm Pilot) quite handily. Calibre also does file conversion pretty nicely, too. Free download on both of them....
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    And if you want even more excitement and scandal, one notes that Mr. Todd Palin is an extremely good shot and somewhat involved in the Independent Alaska movement, which would receive even more impetus from such a personal loss. This...
  • Commented on How To Survive A Death March
    Drink lots of water. If one is slightly elderly and overwhelmingly female, you *will* get up from the keyboard at periodic intervals. Well, it works for me......
  • Commented on Sitrep
    "I'm so sorry, Ron," Hermione said. "I guess Crookshanks ate Scabbers after all."...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    I only got Office 2010 because it was cheap for teachers, and we could put it on three computers for a relatively low price. But I still like Office 97, which has a really short license number and will install...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    There will be people who resist changing over to driverless cars. Some people are hideously carsick unless they are driving (and thus can anticipate every change). I am married to one of them. We cope with my driving by him...
  • Commented on The latest news
    MAD Magazine once published a version of that speech, which I once delivered with great verve to my speech class in high school--the rolling sneer on *matriculated*! was, I think, one of my better efforts. I have no idea how...
  • Commented on The latest news
    After reading many of these comments, I am thinking of the dreary life of the agent who has to read all of the Twihard section of fanfiction.net looking for ciphers in the stories and the reviews......
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    My company is currently making the transition from life time employees to interchangeable cogs (point roughly starting from when the original Big Boss passed on). It is not fun. But I have another point; so far these leakers aren't attacking...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    Heinlein took a look at such a society (though he threw in legal duelling and genetics and the like) in BEYOND THIS HORIZON (and in his first, not published till just a few years back novel, whose name escapes me...
  • Commented on Books I've written
    I wish I could track my little idiot like that--she has an ID chip, should she be picked up any authorized party and turned over to the pound (from whence she came), but I'd love to be able to turn...
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    "The Afflicted" by Matthew Johnson, the July/Aug 2012 issue of F&SF (fortunately I still had it in my desk drawer at work). And thanks for the good wishes--they are appreciated....
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    Well, today my husband is going to have poison fed into his veins for about six hours...(his first round of chemo). The continued plot line for that one nearly writes itself. What would happen, for instance, if everyone who had...
  • Commented on Things publishers can't do (yet)
    I read on my smartphone (an HTC) all the time, though I prefer my elderly Palm Pilot or Kindle. But I know people for whom their smartphone is their only computer, and use it for almost all their reading (most...
  • Commented on Things publishers can't do (yet)
    Speaking as someone with an ebook on Amazon and B&N (Dead Man's Hand,a longish fantasy), the costs are not zero even at my level of the food chain. I paid an artist to do the cover, and think it was...
  • Commented on Things publishers can't do (yet)
    A quick note, however--there are examples where people have decided to take risks when they are older when retirement kicks in, and there is either enough income, or the retiree finally has the time after escaping from the day job...
  • Commented on New Guest Blogger: Ian Tregillis
    I am going to have to find these books and read them! Including Ms. Tiger's. The subject intriques, and I very much liked Brad Lineaweaver's MOON OF ICE (but then, it was interesting to see Wotan's Mickey Mouse as the...
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