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  • 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......
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    I am trying to find a novel/story published in the 90s, I think, and as usual I cannot remember title or author. Possibly Greg Bear story. They are on Mars, and starting to terraform. There are a number of ancient...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    It's obvious that no one has thought this AI stuff through to it's logical end. Kara - Heavy Rain/Quantic Dream Tech Demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EvqiGm0wz8 Blinky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0lKDy6E918...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Ray Brown in his story Cobwebs, in Analog August 1987, was part of a series he did of a planet colonized by telepaths. They developed a group mind, a zeitgeist, which over time created a false, yet pleasant, view of...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Charlie said: I'm exhausted and burned-out -- I should be grappling with a partial and outline on a new space opera, but instead I'm just staring at cute cat pictures on Reddit and going "bleah" at the world. I think...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Oh, I just remembered that Greg Bear's The Forge of God used deception, fake hills, fake aliens, to trip any traps laid by "The Benefactors". Also his Anvil of Stars is also about deception. With a star system that is...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I can't remember the title, but there is a classic short story where they made a giant ballon that looked like a monster dreadnaught. The invading space fleet took one look at it and ran....
  • Commented on Burnout, creativity, and the tyranny of production schedules
    Metatone said: So, I'm ploughing along exhibiting all sorts of depressive behaviour... and I don't know where I go from here. Crazy as it may sound if you can Indy publish even two 100k novels a year, it will help...
  • Commented on Burnout, creativity, and the tyranny of production schedules
    Charlie said: NB: Have I heard of any of your pen-names? And are you earning a solid living at it -- over US $50,000 a year? I'm happy to say, "No, not yet", to both your questions, but I'll let...
  • Commented on Burnout, creativity, and the tyranny of production schedules
    I can do 8k to 10k a day without much trouble. I know some people who do 10k to 12k a day in half the time it takes me. I do basically 1k an hour, sometimes more or less depending...
  • Commented on Burnout, creativity, and the tyranny of production schedules
    Elizabeth, Get off the Trad publishing treadmill and go Indy. Stop having idiot agents and editors with their own agendas controlling your life. When you go Indy your books do not go out of print, and they keep earning money...
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