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  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Just checking in. wiki - Commonwealth Saga By Peter F. Hamilton. They use wormholes to connect to habitable worlds. They have trains, pipelines, resource extraction, like petroleum, wood, grain, etc... He took the basic premise you have and ran with...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    This may seem like a digression, but this sequence is an example of story you can develop using Frank's starting conditions. Any society that develops gene editing of people will eat itself in just a few generations. - Each new...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Creosote That's it. Thanks, I can never remember. It makes such a great model for Civilization. Growing, consuming, leaving barren desolation in the spreading ring. Another great example. Since people would see the waves go out and fall, some groups...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Just reread Isle of the Dead by Zelazny, strongly recommend using the FTL system he has. It is simple and you don't have to waste time justifying the physics. wiki - Isle of the Dead (Zelazny novel) What you describe...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    To expand on that. CGBros DUST Oats Studios Then there is my favorite short: The Leviathan -- Teaser Then for fun, there is the free software Blender and the various films they have, plus their lessons. Blender And for the...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Michael Shreeves @62 Looking at your post I see that you did warn there were 4000 short stories at the site. That didn't hit me until I read the sample story you linked to. Now it's too late. I've read...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Shadow Unit http://www.shadowunit.org Unsong http://unsongbook.com Girl Genius http://www.girlgeniusonline.com...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    They charge a hundred bucks a day to have this thing bumping around. Meet a robot offering care and companionship to seniors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt98NlE_SRo...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I have the latest Office for Mac, version 16. I've been using Word for decades. I used to be the Office Guy at work, answering all questions and helping people be the best that they could be. I was able...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Watch the next three minutes of Nightly Business Report. It's about stockpiling Aluminum. - Those stockpiles are being "flipped" from person to person, without moving the stockpile, with the price going up, up, up. Somebody will be stuck with all...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    _Moz_ @320 Black Holes and death spirals. Thanks for handing me these straight lines to respond to. That is exactly the kind of questions the quaint natives of the 20th Century ask the Visitor. Quoting my main character, "Black hole?...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    That's exactly the kind of comment the guys on the planet sized starship get from the quaint 20th Century natives. See how the story almost writes itself. Charlie Stross @310 said: I am now speculating about weapons that rely on...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    For Story purposes, I need to remind people that: - Any sufficiently advanced society has the equivalent of Replicator technology and some form of Genesis Device. wiki - Replicator (Star Trek) wiki - Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    How not to be ignorant about the world | Hans and Ola Rosling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm5xF-UYgdg...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Just finished the book, and it is devastating. I already see that many of the Dystopian Stories I’m working on need to have Africa be up and running while America falls apart. That they consider sending “foreign aid” to help,...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I suggest people watch the Hans Rosling series on Factfulness that I posted @71. - We are in stable, flat, childbirth already due to most people living in the "middle" - 11 billion by 2100 - Most of the comments...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    LML, thanks for the documentary, and the rest. The thread level has just passed into the red zone on my synchronicity gauge. HA! I don't know if you have read the book: The Trickster and the Paranormal by George Hansen...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Greg vP @30 said: But we should practice some factfulness. I'm reading the book now. Factfulness by Hans Rosling This is a YouTube series discussing Factfulness. Hans Rosling on factfulness (2015) Look at any of the videos on YouTube by...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Thanks for the response. I went digging more and slowly began to realize that Star Trek Next Generation did have powers that would have been called 'gods' if the episode had been in TOS. I began to realize that what...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    I have a question. In Star Trek TOS they came across a number of gods. In Star Trek Next Generation, other than Q, did they come across gods. I can't remember any. Norman coordinate. HA!...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    In answer to your snarky question: Yes, that's what I'm saying. Much as you may want to ignore and twist what I said @169, I worked in the real world, and survived to retirement seeing many such events. BTW, I...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Oh, this is interesting. Google’s new A.I. assistant is terrifyingly human. Just watch. This makes me wonder about many things. Links thanks to The Daily Grail....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Heteromeles @208 said: After all, if all sentient beings are liberated from the cycle of rebirth in this galaxy, what's left is a dead galaxy. Well said. That is correct. That is the heart of my WIP. Now my task...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    To the subthread about "affirmative action", it was much simpler than that at the Highway Department. We had a class action suit by a woman Engineer over sexual harassment, late 80s. She won, it destroyed her as a person of...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Daniel Duffy @117 Wiki - The Nine Nations of North America As another example. What's interesting, is the book came out in 1981, and Heinlein clearly used it as the basis for his novel Friday, published 1982. The character was...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Bill Arnold @91 Wow! The links apply to my WIP -- massively so. Thanks... For the quote about "Nothing": I must refer you to the movies The Neverending Story 1 and 2, but not 3(It was corrupted by the Nothing.)...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Using Charlie @31 and you as Delphic Oracle @88, I can work with that. Thanks... - Nothing can be forced now without courting grave consequences....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Charlie, I've been searching and I can't figure out what "peculiar American folk religion, dating to roughly the 1830s in its current form" that you are talking about. I read all of the fun stuff about Quiverfull, but that seems...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Heteromeles @46 said: Assume that magic works, and that the right spell can summon [horrible demon]. Why is it that the world's still around? Think of 'Big Magic' as self limiting the way a Time Machine is. - Any development...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    _Moz_ @378 said:By coincidence KSR has an article in the Guardian today making that point Awesome article. I have ordered the book he mentioned. Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life Edward O. Wilson This video talks about the size of...
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