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ilya187

  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Do you really think that trollbots, swarmbots, friendbots, and the like will remain effective once their existence becomes common knowledge? Which it will, when they are common enough to have a noticeable effect. Most people I know already pretty much...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Recently I read a claim by some native Floridian that Florida attracts crazy* people from all over US, mostly because they know they will not freeze to death if they become homeless. He said "dig deeper on any 'Florida Man'...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Considering in which direction the sex ratio is skewed, your choice of verb has multiple meanings...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    A friend of mine who currently works as a web programmer borrowed my copy of Knuths TAOCP a while ago. He brought it back a week later complaining that it had "nothing to do with computers". My first thought was...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    I read the description of Red trilogy on Amazon, and do not think it would hold my interest. I am not a fan of military fiction . Can you summarize?...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Nothing really crazy, but I just finished reading "Rule 34" and had a deja vu where Dr. MacDonald is giving his AI lecture. Charlie, did you by any chance take the part about conscious, HAL 9000-style, AI being not very...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Dreadfort of the Boltons?...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    "prospect of turning the entire universe into one particular version of paradise?" Yes, it did occur to me. But I quickly decided that: 1. Pony Singularity is pretty damn good 2. We do not KNOW that better singularities are possible,...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    I read the whole thing (the original Iceman version). My girlfriend read it too. We both agreed we would emigrate to Equestria in a heartbeat. Heck, she already thinks of herself as a pony! I tend to think of myself...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    IMHO Trump would actually be LESS scary as POTUS than Cruz. I've been saying for months: Trump is just a narcissistic asshole who will sit down with his buddy Putin, and they will both brag about their trophy wives. Whereas...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    I am confused. Iceman and Chatoyance seem to have written parallel stories set in the same universe. Which one is the original?...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    "Seriously, how is this not terrifying?" Shrug. To me, it just isn't. I did not have a chance to read the whole novella yet, but the portion you quoted sounds to me like precisely what I would want in a...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Just the first chapter...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Maybe I am unusual too, but I also did not find anything terrifying about the story. I doubt I would want a PonyPad, but Síofra seems to have gotten exactly what she needed....
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    I suspect that the greatness in The Black Cloud that Dawkins is seeing is (a) relative to its time, and (b) the weight of the ideas. One detail which really brought to me the "relative to its time" part...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    If Chatoyance meant it to be utopia, why did she title it "Terrifying"?...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    The backstory of Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space series involves a number of failed colonies done in exactly this manner -- embryos raised by AI's. Curiously, these failed colonies are referred to as "Amerikano era"; apparently they were sent out by...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Considering that robot cars would almost certainly be used as taxis, rather than be privately owned -- when riding in a robot car, do not say anything you would not say in front of a taxi driver....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Can you unpack this? I never heard of Liz Parrish before, googled her, but found nothing that would obviously "piss off a lot of people "...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Or there's Iain Banks, who's just weird. What is this communist/socialist post-scarcity stuff he's talking about anyway? Not nearly as weird as ought to be, given the setting. I recall Banks once mentioning that every Culture novel is set during...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Typo: meant "OPA government"...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Now, as we're having trouble suspending our disbelief on interstellar travel (which should have been here 30 years ago dammit!) so innovative modern space operas look more like the Expanse Funny you should say that, because just a few minutes...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    I am not sure that Platonic ideal of a space opera is even possible, but if such thing can exist at all, then "A Fire Upon the Deep" is not a bad choice. However, it avoids most of the tropes...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Same with heroic fantasy. "Sure, wizards have powers, but I have a strong jaw and a determination to save the day so I win." Has anyone ever deconstructed that? As in, fantasy story with strong-jawed determined hero, but ultimately the...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Have you read "Narabedla" by Frederik Pohl?...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Cordwainer Smith: "Golden The Ship Was: Oh! Oh! Oh!" Although it involves a one-man deception ship, not a unit...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I can. The adult/female form really does not need much in the way of brains, but the larval/male form could benefit from them quite a bit. The male form has conflicting interests which "normal" herbivores do not: he needs both...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Planetary gravity can be approximated to a point source for purposes of calculating orbital dynamics Yes, it is close enough to true for the purposes of storytelling. A perfect sphere exerts gravity as if its entire mass were in the...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    There are no long-term societal goals other than expansion, maintaining the status quo, or making everyone happier. Realistically, SHOULD there be long-term societal goals? Historically, human societies either do not have any long-term goals at all, or have some combination...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    (See Niven, who invented no less than FOUR alien species with a non-sentient female!) I think you are exaggerating. Kzinti and Slavers had non-sentient females, yes. Grogs had non-sentient males. Puppeteers are an odd case: Both egg-producing and sperm-producing genders...
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