Princejvstin

Princejvstin

  • Commented on They Took Our Myths
    The Mickey Mouse Protection Act has, indeed, distorted a lot of the intellectual properties of the last century. Mickey Mouse cannot be allowed to escape copyright, and so the terms far exceed the length of the life of the writer....
  • Commented on In Defense of Fantasy: #2 The Imagination's Sandbox
    I've been looking beyond the "Great Wall of Europe" in my fantasy lately. That said, I am still reading the quasi-traditional stuff, when its really good. Scott Lynch was mentioned above, and I think he is an excellent example of...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Julian May's novels in the 80's and early 90's seems to be the last major series to tackle Psi in a large-scale way. And while the novels set in the modern world are firmly SF, the Golden Torc novels use...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: Judith Tarr
    Oh excellent. I've been reading Judy's fiction for a long :cough: long time....
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Did the whole sexy vampire thing hit take-off speed with the AIDS epidemic (the whole sex=death message)? No, I think we can lay that one at the feet of Stoker. Are Vampires parasites on humanity, or instead predators of humanity,...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    I am reminded of a fair amount of Larry Niven's oeuvre, here, Charlie, where censored and bleep stand in as new swear words,thanks to their prevalent use in censoring a previous generation of swear words. I think you can be...
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    Aww right! I like the font on the British edition more than the American. That "typewriter" type font appeals to me more....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Charlie, on twitter, you said "AR15s are an 18th century answer to 18th century threats to democracy. But this is the 21st century ..." That does suggest that there is a disruptive singularity in political and social structures in the...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    "rise of post-Tiananmen China it has become glaringly obvious that capitalism does not require democracy. " When Tiananmen happened, my brother told me "China is going to become a Democracy." I was far more skeptical. I hate to say, my...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    Congratulations! (and do try to sleep when possible with all of this) And yes, the Laundry Files really are the backbone of what I read out of your work now, coming out like clockwork as they do :)...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Thanks for the post, Laura Anne. I've only in the last few years started to be really aware, when reading, of this issue. The whole idea of the "Exotic oriental" trope was something I was completely and utterly blind to...
  • Commented on Let's Talk About Running A Successful Kickstarter Campaign
    The Fall of Empire is usually a deep historical event. Having it in recent memory is not all that common in epic fantasy. It can be a challenge, and its a bit of trail blazing. (I'm reminded of Lest Darkness...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    By pure luck, I missed the video of the archer until after the debunking/criticism of the technique surfaced. It certainly is cinematic, if not realistic, as Bear has indicated. The upshot of this is that the bow is one of...
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    It does seem that short stories these days are, for a lot of writers, the greenhouse where they learn the tools they need to transplant their ideas into the wider, larger world outside of it. Even modern classic short story...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    In my reading experience, I think its a matter of a) its hard and b) the fear that reader won't follow you. As conservative as Hamilton's world is relative to ours (and he uses longevity as his excuse as to...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    And how will you cope with a century of memories contained in the undecaying flesh of indefinitely protracted adulthood? Lots of science fiction and fantasy has tried to tackle this theme--Larry Niven, Roger Zelazny, and many others (you mentioned Holy...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    J. G. Ballard would have a had a field day with this place. Oh God, but yes. This place (and it sounds like an interesting place to visit, but not to stay there). Maybe I would have been too wrapped...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I've always thought Bob's universe was an alternate to our own in some fashion, but this "chasing" of our world's events in parallel to your writing is amusing to us readers (even as it tears out your hair)...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Happy Birthday Charlie! I'm seven years behind you, and am still trying to sort the crap out, within and without me. I like Gilman's Formulation of Wheaton's Law (Don't be an Asshole) but sometimes, you have to be one. So...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I think you did articulate why Gladstone's worldbuilding is SO appealing to me--it scratches an itch by straddling fantasy and SF with its systemic and systematic magic and it all is unfamiliar and familiar at the same time. Also, your...
  • Commented on Who let the dogs out
    I don't know how much of a future Carano has in Hollywood in general, but I totally believed her in her role in Haywire. I had never seen or heard of her fighting skills, but they came across very well...
  • Commented on Wag that puppy
    I liked the "mapping out of the fight scene" in Sherlock Holmes, but my knowledge base for these things is pitifully weak. What the scene was telling us was, for me, the important thing--reinforcing Holmes as a thinking man, a...
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    I don't want to poke a sore subject, Kameron,but the "Casino" approach also seems to have extended to some publishers as well. Your former publisher, Night Shade, clearly went for that model before it went belly up, trying a bunch...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    "I'll talk about personal combat as we see it depicted in popular media. Headsup: it's usually absurd." Now THAT isn't a surprise, but I look forward to what your knowledge brings to the subject. :)...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    "I favour breaking up the United States, India, and China. Break up the Westphalian system." Side note of amusement. I have a character, a NPC in one of my games, a demigod, whose name is Flavius Marcus Westphalius. He's the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    It may be flattering--but it would not have surprised some of us if you DID. :) The development of Neptune's Brood, from the outside of writing (but not outside of genre) looks like the book that turned out in the...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    The militarization of police forces, started with Bush The Elder, enhanced by Clinton, and really ramped up post 9/11, is bearing a bitter fruit. As you say, Charlie, those who think its only directed toward those without privilege today are...
  • Commented on Down tools
    I didn't catch all of the references in Equoid, clearly......
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Hi Nicola! I think there are ways of approaching something like historical fiction that make it more, or less genre-like in its tone and argument. There are, have been genre writers who have written historical novels whose novels haven't been...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Hi Nicola. Yeah, this is a case where the art is as important, or more so, than the text of the story in determining how this is going to go. That well known experiment has been replicated in other environments....
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