Jean Lamb

Jean Lamb

  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Then there's Casanova. Many of his exploits have been confirmed by contemporaries (he dined out on that prison escape for decades). One has difficulty summarizing all of his accomplishments, though I should think all of them were overwhelmed by his...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Note: Metformin will take out your kidneys if they are otherwise being stressed (say, by some forms of chemotherapy used to go after Hodgkins' and other lymphomas, as my husband found out during a low blood sugar crisis that nearly...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    If you can't do something with Benjamin Disraeli, you're doing it wrong. Anyone with the savoir-faire to change from a morning cane to an afternoon one at noon while passing through Egypt with one's sister's fiancé (who didn't survive the...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    I am going off on a tangent (which of course never happens here, right?) and taking a look at GURPS Vorkosigan. Miles might have just enough charisma to recruit the Great Old One into the Dendarii, but would this actually...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Here's what I've been reading-- QUALIFY, by Vera Nazarian (a nice freebie)--Divergent type book, with an asteroid hurtling towards Earth (though rather slowly) and space aliens offering rescue to people who make it through various contests. Good fast reading, worldbuilding...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    US citizens have *always* talked Like That for various reasons (and various portions of states have been disgruntled for a long time, google history of the State of Jefferson--we had a petition all ready to turn in, but alas it...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    There's an island off the coast of Louisiana which has just been evacuated, as the remaining land area is shrinking and currently much too little for the 400 people there to do much of anything except drown. The Florida Keys?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    A good cry is far more helpful and less lethal than lots of other coping methods I have seen (driving too fast, alcohol, driving too fast *with* alcohol, gunplay, setting off fireworks without paying attention to how dry the grass...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Oh, you must have seen my grandmother when she was still stuck with the Ford Thunderbird...fortunately, after his death she traded it in for a tiny car that she could see over the steering wheel in, was still driving around...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "This, i think, is nightmare fuel and sums up UKIP quite succinctly. I don't blame you for wanting to leave the cesspit that the UK could potentially become but with fundamentalism on the rise globally it's difficult to know where...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Quite true--bathed in Magical Cop Powers, someone who is black or rather blatantly Different probably won't have that much trouble for the span of a few days. I suspect, however, that the British countryside is not ready for prime time...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    I think some of the social currents were already there--that is, if you take Jo Walton's FARTHING universe to heart. In Victorian days, it seems to me that port cities like London and Liverpool were cosmopolitan, and so nobody was...
  • 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....
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