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  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    [ CRAP DELETED BY MODERATOR — who considered leaving the climate change denialist tract in situ until he got to the deadly phrase, "this was a drive-by" — that's a nope, then. ]...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Reading entries from @564 to now, I was stunned. Wait. What! Oh, nooooo. Thank you all for playing. I laughed loud and hard for a good half hour, slowing down to the occasional chuckle. That felt good. I wasn't laughing...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Elderly Cynic @556 said; . . . in addition to using a lot of ballast (2.6 times heavier on Mars, don't make me laugh on the asteroids) . . . Sadly, the "ballast" is the dozer itself. If you triple...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Elderly Cynic @545 said: I realise that I didn't actually SAY what the FTL problem is! It's the claim made by the Disciples of Einstein that any and all FTL travel is equivalent to time travel. I agree with you...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    whitroth @491 said: And in my personal life, NOTHING is as important as her finally being a published author, in a way she, and the family and friends would recognize as the real thing. Let us know when the book...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    SFreader @486 said: I'm not saying that the tech described has to be already proven in our time/world, but that the tech/science should be theoretically sound. Like I said, the _Mars_ series is a beautiful story but physical laws are...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    whitroth @357 said:Of course, some of that's a vicious circle -they get less, they sell less, less is submitted. This is a late comment, so ignore it if you like. You really need to look at Indy publishing vs Legacy....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    SFreader @366 said: Andy Weir's The Martian is considered hard SF (i.e., scientifically and technologically accurate) and sold tons! This is a late comment, so ignore it if you like. I've read close to 10k books over the past 50+...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    andyf said: They like to band the 'omnis' about ,omnipotence, omniscience but fail to think the consequences through wiki - Omnipotence paradox The standard question is: "Can God create a rock so heavy that even he cannot lift it?" My...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Mikko Parviainen said: For example, every time I read through Genesis and Exodus, I have hard time equating the creation god with the Israelite god who communicates with them through the desert. That's because the Bible that you are reading...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Troutwaxer said @624: I recently read a book called "Hack The Planet" Thanks for the book. I just ordered a copy. I can't find the interview I was looking for, but this one is close. CNN & Former Microsoft Head...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Charlie, I'm not surprised that you are worried about your welcome here in the US, after all, I read Empire Game. The book is incredibly subversive. As I sat reading the book, I kept saying, "Oh, Charlie. What have you...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I started to read the book because of all the comments about typos, etc..., just to see what all the fuss was about. Other than what has been mentioned so far, the book is fine. The story started out as...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Empire Games is now on my desk to put a mylar cover on before reading. In glancing at the dust jacket I see the picture of OGH and his evil cat overlord. HA! The book actually came before the rest...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Greg said: Can someone please explain - it's obviously a joke ( quite possibly a "black" one ) but no comprende senor Greg, You are correct, it is a very "black" joke because of the context. Minot Air Force Base...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Charlie said: Even worse: by some accounts, the junior officers with their fingers on the dual-key triggers of the Minuteman force are a neglected backwater in the modern US Air Force, with limited oversight and slack discipline, because nukes are...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Wow, you've got it bad. Watch _The Neverending Story_, movies one and two, (skip three, it was corrupted by the Servants of the Nothing(SON) - HA!), or read the book by Michael Ende'. The purpose for our existence is to...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Gregory Muir said: Beaten to the punch again. You're thinking about it wrong. Look at Urban Fantasy. You have a dozen different authors, each playing in the same sandbox, each producing stories that are devoured. Not one of them is...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Heteromeles said: In the longer run, if we can keep colonizing planets faster than we chew them up with our style of civilization, interstellar civilization will last indefinitely. In that case, the simplest drive system is what UFOs use. UFOs...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Heteromeles, There used to be a great list of all the different types of science fiction FTL systems on Wiki, it's gone now because too many Space Cadets shut it down. The current list of science fiction drives on the...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Heteromeles, Depending on how much energy it takes to jump, you can use gravity as your drive. You jump off the Earth, then you fall into the gravity well, building up velocity, then jump up to fall more. You can...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I obsessively read your screwball comedies, the others I only read once. I need to go back to the others, one of these days. I'm reading through the Laundry Series because of the latest book. I always read the latest,...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Amazon finally shipped _The Nightmare Stacks_. I ordered it when it came out, then Amazon sat on the order for weeks. Glug! I read that then started reading the whole series again. I was up till 3 a.m. finishing _The...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I have an old dictionary from the '30s, that shows the original definition of the word "Fascism" when good old Mussolini rose to power with the help and connivance of American Corporations. - Fascism is when the banks and the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    ON THE INVISIBILITY OF MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN http://lithub.com/on-the-invisibility-of-middle-aged-women/...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Look under each book listed in the FAQ. If a crib sheet exists, it's listed with the title. Fiction by Charles Stross: FAQ http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/fiction/faq.html...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I was looking through my dictionaries at the definition of "theism", following the changes over time, and found this in a dictionary from the '30s. Theism (1) - A morbid condition due to immoderate tea-drinking. Then the second use was...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    First off, you are discussing genocide. When billions of people are forced into a collective you end up with a single mind that cannot exist in a single body. James Schmitz wrote about post singularity worlds, were a single individual...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I always read the latest Laundry book, then go back and read all of them from the start through the latest again to put everything in context. It's such a joy to see how everything hangs together. This time I'm...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    "Moving Mars", Greg Bear, 1993 and "In the Hall of the Martian Kings" by John Varley I conflated both stories together without realizing it. No wonder I couldn't find it. Thanks......
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