Princejvstin

Princejvstin

  • 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....
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Nicola Griffith
    Now this is exciting! Welcome, Nicola!...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Happy (early) Release Day! It was good to get a dose of the Laundry with Equoid, but this is the "full size" portion my diet requires!...
  • Commented on One week to go to THE RHESUS CHART
    Looking forward to reading another Laundry novel,as always....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Employee's cleanup of the resolution of the CLASS MAGENTA outbreak failed to follow ISO 14001 standards....
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    We have had two-thirds of a century of peace since the last invading army crossed the Rhine: the longest period of peace in Western Europe since the fall of the Roman Empire. That's worth a lot, and I think we...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    It was pointed out to me that Amazon's own efforts at being a publisher (with things like 47North) make this case even more complicated. I could wish for the DOJ to take that into account in looking at that, since...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    It's a shortsighted decision, but its theirs to make. You as the authors have no say in it. Alas....
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Dan Carlin has made the parallel between The War on Drugs (and the erosion on freedoms to "fight" it) to these concerns. But as you say, even worse. How do you or can you dismantle a secret police's apparatus from...
  • Commented on Checking in
    Congratulations on your nominations, Charlie....
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Finish Invisible Sun, and *then* write the family of magicians book. I'll read it. You know I'm good for it. And its a safety valve for you! :)...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    >We need a guaranteed basic income scheme. We need it now. Otherwise the wheels are going to fall off, and the results will be extraordinarily ugly. In the US, far more politically conservative, and far more armed per capita than...
  • Commented on Implications
    ""on SF/F, the world is a character"" Indeed. And if's not a believable, consistent world, that's as bad as a character whose motivations and personality are inconsistent. And just as much a turn off to a reader, *especially* a deep...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Elves in the Laundry Files universe are about as friendly as unicorns: only they're more numerous, better organized, and they drive tanks I am perversely reminded of the anime "Those who hunt elves". More generally, though, more Laundry Files books...
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    "The Street finds its own uses for technology." I can't imagine that won't apply to the ramp up to full artificial intelligence, MMI, and the like. Your novels do hit the War on Terror metaphor, hard, but I see where...
  • Commented on Why AIs Won't Ascend in the Blink of an Eye - Some Math
    The Vinge Line is the way I'd classically learned and understood how a Singularity works. Is a Singularity that takes significant time to happen still a Singularity? And the "Stalling" models suggest that we might reach hard limits quickly--which puts...
  • Commented on The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
    When I think of the Singularity, and sentience, I am reminded of Peter Watts' BLINDSIGHT. I wonder, in the end, if intelligence and the "chinese box" will be easier to achieve than true sentience in any form....
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Ramez Naam
    Welcome, Ramez! I look forward to what you will blog here, since your fiction and non fiction are on the "bleeding edge"....
  • Commented on Tragedy as Comfort Fiction: On Death, Drama, Disaster & Saving the World
    The power of Tragedy, of pathos, is as strong and abiding as that of Comedy. That you find strength and solace in it, Kameron, is no surprise whatsoever. Now you've got me curious, since the you who is writing the...
  • Commented on PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy
    It's occurred to me for a while that some of your fiction might be overtaken by events and fall into the space that Ken MacLeod and William Gibson (as commented above) seems to inhabit. Or the recent novels of Walter...
  • Commented on Making history personal
    Oldest building I've slept in was probably a B&B that dated back to the 1920's. Oldest building I've been in was the Tower of London, so, 11th century....
  • Commented on Another deceptively simple question
    I was going to bring up "book annotation spam" as something that is going to be endemic to the electronic works of 2033...but long since beaten to the punch. Paper books in 2033 will be objects d'art(high end). I think...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    Self driving vehicles are going to help make the Steve Jackson O.G.R.E tanks a reality. I am not convinced that the era of large scale warfare is over forever. Self-driving technology will make the possibility of automated armored attack vehicles...
  • Commented on Rinse, Drain, Spin ... more Laundry!
    Novella happily pre-ordered. That's a shiny cover, too....
  • Commented on Time tourism
    The roleplaying game CONTINUUM, which is about time travelers, totally does this idea of acculturation for local societies and times with the idea of "Corners", which are people who have a safe spot and can welcome visitors and get them...
  • Commented on Time tourism
    Hmm. Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove's novel HOUSEHOLD GODS, where a modern American woman is cast into the Roman Empire, problems and all, although that's not voluntary time tourism....
  • Commented on Time tourism
    When I saw that article in the Guardian earlier this summer (I suspect it came to your attention again thanks to Lavie seeing it), I wrote a note to myself "x-chromosome linked time travel ability story" Mayhap I need to...
  • Commented on What have we learned?
    We learned that the American Hyperpower period, beginning from the fall of the Berlin Wall, would last even shorter than the most pessimistic projections. 9/11 will be seen, in conjunction with the Election of 2000, as when America started to...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    Some days, I don't buy into the long term viability of Western Civilization. This is definitely not the future we ordered....
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