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ilya187

  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Truly fair test is if both start out on the ground. 50% chance that F-35 actually takes off, in which case it wins. If it does not take off, Camel shoots it on the ground....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Since the majority of western civilization is built on reinforced concrete infrastructure that's around 50 years old (in Europe) or more (in America), what that means is that we're looking at a rebuilding boom in our near future... But the...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Here it is: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/17/postcapitalism-end-of-capitalism-begun...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Before long you will be living in a very bizarre world where once again you are the powerless victim of a cosmic conspiracy, and everyone who calls you a nut are either dupes or shills working for the Nazi Illuminati...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Mind you, I am now having to restrain myself from writing a short fanfic story: a visit from one of Iain M. Banks' Culture's ships, as seen by H. P. Lovecraft, would indeed be seen as a visit by Cthulhu...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    I agree that 'fundamentalist Christians' are fundamentally not Christian - Leviticans, perhaps. The term I prefer is "Paulianists". The god they really worship is Saint Paul....
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Taken to its ultimate conclusion, mutualism is pretty horrifying. The most thoroughly thought-out ecology in science fiction is probably David Gerrold’s Chtorr. Chtorran ecology is fully mutualistic – and, to human eyes, scary as Cthulhu. Everything eats everything – and...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    a problem that human beings cannot ever hope to understand, even for a moment, let alone solve. One (not particularly terrifying) SF story which tackles this notion head-on is "Understanding Space and Time" by Alastair Reynolds, in "Zima Blue" collection....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Ah, you first. Had vasectomy 14 years ago....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Whenever I hear about hormone mimics (or any other pollutant) decreasing male fertility, I can’t help but think "With world population being what it is, how is decreasing fertility a bad thing?"...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    One Link To Break Them All?...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    Tolkien shows us one culture of hobbits, maybe half a dozen of men, three of elves, one of dwarves, and one of ents—and that's more than a typical fantasy world has. So inevitably his races look like stereotypes. One of...
  • Commented on In Defense of Fantasy: #2 The Imagination's Sandbox
    I like Oglaf as much as anyone, but do not see anything particularly Dungeons and Dragons-esque about Oglaf's world. What makes you think it is?...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    To be fair, Villains by Necessity is a wonderful deconstruction of most of the major Fantasy tropes that were common at the time of writing, particularly Dragonlance. Such deconstructions of Standard Fantasy Tropes seem to be more common past-1995. Immediately...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    Yes, I see it now at 15:18. But it is very easy to miss....
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    I got a number of concerned emails from viewers who thought that it was an animation glitch I'd somehow not spotted in production... I just watched the video, and I can see why people would think that. It is not...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    This one? http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2014/02/the-singularity-is-further-tha.html...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Yes, I did mean speciation by genetic engineering and/or bionic implants. Not by natural selection....
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    The possible and the probable are two very different areas. e.g. it's possible that I will survive to the end of this year, but it's hardly probable. Do you have cancer? Sorry if I am being insensitive, but this is...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    I have imagined that. Many times, over the years. And I agree, every once in a while it would lead to some serious nastiness. Overall, however, I think human speciation would be more a good thing than a bad thing....
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    There are more permutations than A being categorically superior to B in all ways to the point of not being a threat though. What is A is superior in some ways, but B is superior in others? Well, "A being...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    What happens when the inferiority of a group stops being ideology generated by the mis-measure of man, and starts being an objective fact. That people in group A have access to a prosthetic motor cortex that makes them stronger, faster,...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Yes, I heard that too. There were also speculation that the world of Westeros/Essos is on the inside of a Dyson sphere, and that Varys is actually Haviland Tuf....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    then tell the publishers to assuage parents' fears by marketing it to them as crypto-educational material (see? It's Science! And language! I heard that's how young Issac Asimov convinced his parents that reading science fiction was not a waste...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    We've recently covered the issues with AI and Fusion, let alone the problems of tensile strength. Do you have a link? I would like to read it....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    The way I heard it, the way you detect a neutrino is when the neutrino's energy and momentum go missing, or when they appear from nowhere. Isn't that what it means to detect a neutrino? Short answer: no Long answer:...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    already mentioned upthread are Dragon's Egg and early Known Space, but the Cheela are Burroughs-level fantasy Somewhat OT: Aside from Cheela being intelligent -- is the "neutron chemistry" on which Dragon's Egg is based, a real thing? The idea is...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    IIRC anything with an average body-mass greater than 70 kg went ...... Crocodiles survived. So did sharks, sturgeon, and many other large fish. But yes, all land animals over 70 kg died out. Humans are extreme generalists, which bodes well...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Then, the Moon treaty, signed by most members of the UN Um... no. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Treaty Signed by only 16 states, ratified by only 7 of them. And only two of the countries which have some hope of getting to the Moon...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Which author are you talking about? John Kurman's post to which you replied, does not seem to mention any....
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