Princejvstin

Princejvstin

  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I was born in 1971, my older brother 1964, and I started SF from his book collection. So I accidentally read TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE at age 11, which was, well, not the best idea I had at that age...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    As noted above, a War will make even your worst scenario seem warm and fuzzy....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The rise of Trumpism may be the herald of this dark century to come...or if we are, as you say, very very lucky, its warning....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    (kinda inspired by Elderly Cynic and your own work, Mr. Stross) 4f Satoshi Nakamoto is the Eschaton, attempting to use economics as historical lever to ensure their creation...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Sorry to hear about the death of Hugh. Damn....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I think you have a point here that SF has difficulty reaching its ultimate potential, falling short in the execution by lack of vision, by its difficulty, and just being satisfied with "Enough". And we've always been missing stuff, but...
  • Commented on Excuses
    NO worries, Charlie. Do what you got to do to get those words on paper. Has-been? Over the Hill? Such people have not been reading your latest novels. I'm really happy you are doing new and interesting things in the...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Katrina led to a permanent displacement of a chunk of the New Orleans population (Some of them, as it so happens, had gone to Houston). http://www.nola.com/katrina/index.ssf/2015/08/hurricane_katrina_migration_di.html I expect that will happen to Houston, and that will have strong local economic...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Err Labyrinth Index. Reboot, with Caffeine....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    From our chat re: Labyrinth Lord, I definitely am salivating to read it!...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Coming to my Kindle in about 9 hours!...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I'm suddenly more thinking of the RPG Diaspora, where the players and GM create a cluster of worlds, with a range of technology. At the high end, there are planets close to the singularity (but not over, because of the...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    This is now overdue, and some time in the next few weeks I'll be updating the server here—extremely carefully, though! Here's hoping a bare minimum of things break. And watch the design of that summoning grid. Don't be like Andy!...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Trump piss away the 'special relationship' for a perceived trade relationship gain? Yeah, he'd do that in a heartbeat....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    2017 seems to be, so far, the year of "Who ordered *that*?"...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    No apology necessary. You've gotta eat, after all....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    @Roy I am fairly sure the Filibuster goes the way of the dodo at the start of the next Senate session. Why would McConnell allow it to remain? This IS the Republican's dark chance. And even if he did have...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    On the Revolutions Podcast, I first heard about Francisco De Miranda , forerunner to Simon Bolivar in the project of South American Independence from Spain. In his wide ranging life, this guy met and made connections with nearly everyone famous...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Reality stranger than fiction indeed. No worries on this end, I'm gently and gradually re-consuming the Laundry verse, this time in audio form, trying to pick on the stuff I missed on the first go around....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    @George (6): I read the Frankopan. Slow going, but I enjoyed it. As for myself, I am continuing the slow Shahnameh (The Persian Epic of Kings) reading project that Tessa Gratton and Kate Elliott have organized. It's an interesting window...
  • Commented on Don't blow your top!
    Crater Lake. On my to-visit list......
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    I am really pissed-off at Brexit for transforming my alien invasion horror novel into happy fun escapist distraction! In unhappy or insecure times, financially, in my own life, reading about imaginary problems and imaginary horrors have always been a good...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    @21 and @43 I point you to "Europe in Autumn" by David Hutchinson....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Feel better!...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Space Opera, to define it, is really a slippery beast. To me, a Space Opera: --Takes place primarily off-Earth. --Goes for the same sort of scope and size that Epic Fantasy does over in the Secondary World Fantasy realm. This...
  • Commented on Warlords and eunuchs and slaves, oh my! Picking the problematic for The Aldabreshin Compass
    Firstly, I've woven the institution of slavery into Aldabreshin culture to underscore how different the Archipelago is to any standard cookie-cutter Fantasyland Slightly different problem, but a RPG I am running has the PCs, most from more enlightened places (such...
  • Commented on Repurposing Memory
    it begs one critical question: if a Speaker conjures you up post mortem and has a chat, will you remember that conversation the next time it happens? Or will it remember, either, and how does it remember, and in what...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    @Robert. Ha, should have checked comments to see if anyone brought it up before I did....
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Oh, and while I remember? Horses are not magical hay-burning all-terrain motorbikes, m'kay? Poul Anderson covered that one in Thud and Blunder decades ago--and still a ton of novels get it wrong wrong wrong....
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Genevieve Cogman
    I loved the Invisible Library, and I met Genevieve a long time ago, in the land of role-playing game conventions......
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