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  • 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"....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    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....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Object which you can detect 2 light years out are not the problem. Dust motes are....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    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,...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    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....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    My wife was briefly upset when she saw the thread title. She thought it had to do with actual canned monkey meat....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    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...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    No, Charlie quoted Niven correctly...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I guess we are in disagreement then. I find repair at cellular level entirely plausible within several centuries, and far more plausible than non-destructive mind upload....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    More fantastic than mind uploading?...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    That, or radical life extension. Some of OP’s problems, particularly (but not only) sociological ones, go away if the original crew does not age. Or has age-related damage periodically repaired....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Different motivations, much longer term planning... I seem to recall Charlie describing something like that. In “Neptune’s Brood”...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Reynolds tried to hand-wave this with Bussard ramscoops and magitech, as I recall VERY much magitech. Nothing so plebian as Bussard ramscoops; Conjoiner Drive employs a microscopic wormhole, the other end of which opens into spacetime few seconds after the...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    What is SFF?...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    In Russia mushroom hunting is a universal hobby -- basically everyone does it. And while every year a few dozen people die, they are almost invariably professionals -- forest rangers and the like. The reason is, amateurs can identify 10-20...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Basically like being a toddler -- and you can fly!...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    fascism and ethnic cleansing are the only possible solution to the Italian problem Where in the article do you see Soros saying that? Seems to me he is warning that "fascism and ethnic cleansing" will happen if EU does nothing,...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    If you're a racist you will eventually show up on Youtube, and eventually some enterprising Black entrepreneur will come up with a proper database of racist White people. It is kind of happening already: https://www.theroot.com/behold-beelzebecky-white-woman-tries-to-get-man-killed-1826150663...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/18/santa-fe-shooting-suspect-student-dimitrios-pagourtzis-born-kill-t-shirt-7558129/ That's not Chthulhu -- it's just a squid....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    That's pretty much how I feel -- here is my avatar on www.scubaboard.com: https://www.scubaboard.com/community/data/avatars/m/6/6996.jpg?1090808271 I've been diving since 2000...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    All Masters were white...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Never mind birth control, I saw a huge plot hole with Motie Cycles when I read the first book: The only caste whose reproduction ultimately causes the Cycles is the Masters. Masters can and do order lower castes to refrain...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    III is easy. The first time I read The Shadow Over Innsmouth, my immediate thought upon finishing the last page was "I'd love to live under the sea forever!" And Elderly Cynic -- Deep Ones can be killed, and can...
  • Commented on Test Case
    but that Uber had turned off that part of the intel software on the car involved in the incident Serious question -- why would Uber do that? What possible gain is in turning it off?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Looking at Trump I wonder just how hard it would be to sell Chinese-style managed democracy as a solution. Sell to whom, exactly?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I can think of at least one for Solar system - OGH Duh! Although "Saturn's Children" has rather different definition of the word "robotic" than extrapolation from space programs circa 2000 would imply ;) At least two if you include...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    nobody thinks of Facebook's automatic image tagging or Siri's ability to generate music playlists as AI, "Nobody"? My Master degree is in AI (natural language processing, to be exact), and I certainly consider the above to be AI....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    that killed the near-future space exploration stories in the 2000s (most authors couldn't pivot to an all-robotic solar system exploration reality) Only most? Did ANY author manage to do that?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Actually, it does make sense. A missile attempting a course correction within a light-second or so of the target would be immediately noticed and destroyed with a laser. So yes, that long slow duel is much more like indirect artillery...
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