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  • Commented on In other news ...
    Hilarious and great reading. Better than the "Angelton's Day Out" idea that keeps bouncing around my brain and won't leave... (TL;DR version-There's a new timekeeping system installed by the Laundry and it has one bug. Said bug requires that DSS...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    As a student of history, I can say this- You can't make some of the shit up that you read, because nobody would believe it. Fiction has to be believable, history doesn't. You couldn't make up the story of the...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    The big issue for me is at the current job is that I'm very noise sensitive, motion sensitive, and I need "my space" to work. The company just bought out one of our competitors and they're moving them into our...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Thank you. I just kept getting the feeling of you being burned out on the series around Annihilation Score and Nightmare Stacks just seemed to confirm that....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    This sort of brings up something I've wanted to say about "The Nightmare Stacks" and the lead-in was perfect. Take a break. Stop writing novels in the Laundryverse for a little while. Deep breath, find about a dozen or so...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    My big issues with TAS are as follows- 1)I really, really don't like Mo after getting a good look at her from the inside. Maybe if we had a story or two when she wasn't dealing with a quadruple whammy...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Actually, I can believe in (relatively) large groups of vampires working together, depending upon how urgently they have to feed. Is some snakehead going to care what somebody is going to do with a container full of twenty girls from...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    In retrospect, is there anything in the various "Laundry" books that you wished you could spend more time on? Maybe a book 3.5 or 4.5 where "damn, this was a neat idea and I wish I could do more with...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Brain click time. Idea for a short story/novella, set a month after the events in this book. British MI-6 agent in the US, not inside but knows enough to serve as a canary in a coal mine, i.e. "If you...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I possess only two criticisms of the book. One requires a Word of God to determine if it's a valid one. 1)One possible reason for mass vampire creation, especially young and stupid? Feeding deaths do not cause necromatic backlashes and...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    The Brotherhood, AFAIK, are of the "feed somebody else to the Elder Gods so we can survive/gain power/gain a powerful protector" theory. This is the "we're going to be raped anyways, so we might as well lie back, enjoy it,...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    The logical conclusion depends upon what story is being told. Which is horror, for values of horror. Elder Gods don't scare me in same way that what humans will do when they plumb the depths of darkness. And, without a...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Imagine, if you would, this- In The Laundry role-playing game, there is a text file FAQ called "The Tome Of Power", which is an late-'70s/early-'80s computational demonology manual. Think of it like "The Anarchist's Cookbook" if it was written by...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    So, should I return the five members of Parliament that I got in the place of five heavy machine guns? Procurement is going to have to pay for their geases and mind-wipes, mind you. Mind you, GIBBONS SAUSAGE was more...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Despite rumors to the contrary, Human Resources is not a "Bond Villain Holding Tank". The purpose of HR is not to provide a fire-walled enviroment so that minor meglomanicatical behaviors can be handled safely and efficiently. As the world moves...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    The Auditing Committee would like to thank SSO 4 [REDACTED] for the submission of his paper on bureaucratic computational processing. We do agree (and have been researching since 1977) that the function of the Laundry's bureaucratic apparatus serves as a...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    INCIDENT REPORT 77/D/31/M- On [REDACTED], Field Officer [REDACTED] was assigned to provide the first tier induction briefing to the official Liaison Officer from the Black Chamber, [REDACTED]. Said posting was resurrected after the MARATHON SALAD incident, in an effort to...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    So far... 1)Terrorism...any incident these days would require the terrorists to move VERY fast, and a screw up might result in a plane crash. The passengers see a hijacking and any hijacker these days is going to get swarmed because...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Personal theory-the Very Senior Levels (aka Mahogany Row and the people beyond them) run the UK, but mostly they define "running the UK" as "keeping the 'open' portion of the UK government from doing something really fracking stupid, like open...
  • Commented on Baboon Fart Odyssey
    I agree we need gatekeepers. At the very least, to keep some of the horribly written stuff you see in fan-fiction out of the way(1). Good grammar, a plot that makes sense, isn't outright plagiarism with the serial numbers (poorly)...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    You're making the logical assumption that senior police, Crown Prosecutors, and Courts haven't had their mandatory pre-frontal lobotomy that is required when you reach senior rank. The same one that is required when you it Major in the US Army...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    Where is the Singularly Lovecraft? Simple-it's the same place where and the same reason why there's not going to be a third book in the whole "Halting State" universe. By the time a writer has figured out what part of...
  • Commented on Minor hiccup
    There's also the serious possibility that you're seeing the civilian occult intelligence agency, a'la the CIA in the Real World vs. the military organizations (i.e. DIA/NSA) that are slightly more ethical. Or, (and this is the possibility that I was...
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    Except for the fact that I can't STAND anything by Turtledove...seriously. Not quite Worst Author Ever, but most of his stuff is highly unreadable to me. Mind you, I'm taking notes for the idea myself. I'm seeing a lot of...
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    Let's take the classic story-plucky humans defeat galactic empire. The Earth Union had four colonies when they ran into the Dawn Empire. Total population, call it under forty billion vs. numbers in the low trillions for just the Imperial caste...
  • Commented on Big Guns[1]
    There is such a LONG list of things going on that you could write a book. I could write a book, but I don't have time these days... Short version- 1)De-institutionalization of the mentally ill. We're talking the seriously fracked-up-in-the-head...
  • Commented on The ticking clock, stopped
    Start a Kickstarter for a round-trip expedition to the nearest star system. Hell, even a round-trip trip to Pluto and back. Get to work mentoring the next generation. Finally find time to WRITE. Create value and wealth to the world....
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