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  • Commented on Do my Homework
    That process is fairly good at turning existing ideas into more concrete results, but has almost never resulted in any real innovation. In the VERY few cases where it has Can you give an example where this process did result...
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    Greg Egan?...
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    Don't know how it is in Australia and New Zealand, but in US the gluten-free fad (without any quotation marks) made life worse for celiac sufferers, not better. I know several peopl with celiac disease, and they hate it. Used...
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    Outside Soviet SF (e.g. Yefremov), I have never seen "post-scarcity" to mean anything other than material needs....
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    The last paragraph in the the post to which you were replying....
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    I agree with you about that particular book, but as far as I can tell, it is an exception for Reynolds, not the rule....
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    "what would happen if a group of people experimented with things they thought would make them immortal, with imperfect evidence and a fair amount of fraud and power games? How would society deal with them?" Why would society need to...
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    For some reason most SF that I've read that touches on this idea handwaves the entire society into the 18-35 age group - young adulthood, peak physical (sexual/reproductive**) fitness. I would say there is a very good reason for it...
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    Alastair Reynolds makes me twitch. Can you elaborate on that?...
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    surveillance state that does everything right. "Blue Remembered Earth" by Alastair Reynolds...
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    It's almost as though the Palestinian goal is long-term occupancy of the area while the Zionists are more like the millenialist Christians: bring on the end of the world for *I* am guaranteed a place at g*d's table. Palestinians (well,...
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    Plus, of course, that it's far better to be a social justice warrior than oppose them... what are you against: Society? Justice? Fighting for those things? The usual response from the opponents of SJW is that "Social Justice Warriors" have...
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    2) Legalization of sex work. Are you American? Sex work is both legal and fairly mundane in most of the First World....
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    It's like something written by Benford or Brin, but without the conflict (who cares what the humans are doing) or the happy ending. I call it Inferiority-Punk. "The Gods Laughed" by Paul Anderson...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Scott -- I really do not understand what you wrote. Can you elaborate?...
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    Unfortunately, the killer died after the murder and was also restored from backup — a backup from before the murder, so they can't remember why they did it Charlie, you mis-remember a little. The killer did not die -- he...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Actually, most of your points about logistics are addressed in that particular novel. So is your point about camouflage/terrain -- at one point Boy (and Tank) totally walk into trap, and are saved by pure luck....
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    Yes I did mean remotely controlled robots. Such as this: https://www.army-technology.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/09/1l-image-65.jpg and this: http://techsob.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Reaper.jpg MilSF very rarely has anything like either one. And I guess I have a very low SOD threshold for that. One (arguably) MilSF book which did...
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    "Starship Troopers is the Trope Codifier for MilSF" It is. It is also Codifier for the trope (or rather, absence of a trope), which stops me cold from almost all MilSF. My rule of thumb is: If a putatively futuristic...
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    No, you remember correctly. And line marriage members being of different color, no less!...
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    Was it voluntary (replacing a normal eye with something better), or just a replacement for a lost eye?...
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    Somewhat off-topic: I read once that Heinlein considered all voluntary body modifications (e.g. cyborg) and genetic engineering of humans absolutely immoral, and moreover, so obviously immoral that he never bothered defending that position -- he just took it for granted....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    in an otherwise very tightly socialy regimented society. Are you talking about the faux-Russian-Empire society? I do not recall such areas, but it has been a long time since I read "Iron Sunrise"....
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    The golden age of science fiction was also about the same time as peak tobacco but I can't remember any of the space heroes taking a break for a cheeky rollup. "Breaking Strain" by Arthur C. Clarke, published in 1949....
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    Object which you can detect 2 light years out are not the problem. Dust motes are....
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    Why bother? Just Because. I am quite serious. I am very leery of any solution to Fermi's Paradox which involves "Nobody would do THIS!" -- whatever "this" is. Human history repeatedly demonstrates that if something is possible at all, somebody,...
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    This solves the Fermi Paradox, because if interstellar travel is impossible then there is no paradox since no one can physically travel between stars. Not really. It still does not explain why we have not been eaten by self-replicating nano-probes....
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    My wife was briefly upset when she saw the thread title. She thought it had to do with actual canned monkey meat....
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    I could be wrong, but I think that, if you look around, you'll find there aren't as many piano manufacturers as there used to be. That's kind of the point of "scale the production down to just the replacement rate"....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    One is to have a boom-bust tech cycle that costs huge amounts and ruins lives. The other is to have a Red Queen forced innovation race that keeps skilled people employed, at huge cost and ruining lives. One obvious...
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