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  • 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......
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    For all that I love your blog posts, Charlie, I'd rather read more books from you. So being quiet because you are working on books...jake by me. And since I really came into your work via The Merchant Princes, I...
  • Commented on Check Check Sound Check
    Aha, a tidbit on the third novel. Excellent! I've already read and loved an ARC of the second Stormwrack novel. If you haven't read the first...well, go forth and do that. It's been a while since someone has really gone...
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    In addition to T-Mat, Doctor Who has also used "Transmat" a couple of times as well (The Five Doctors is the example that immediately comes to mind)....
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    @demarquis. If I ran a RPG with the plots and sensibility of 21st century history, my players would lose their sense of disbelief rather quickly. "Paul's being lazy again. Russia's the bad guy again? Can't we have some variety?"...
  • Commented on Magic systems and my world building process
    I tend toward the Sanderson side of the magic system pool. There are authors who handle magic as chaotic element well...but I prefer more rigor, generally. Sanderson is an excellent example of that. Martha Wells' Ile-Rien has at least two,...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: Fran Wilde
    Fran is awesome, and I look forward to her posts....
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    Thanks, Linda. Unconscious bias is something I grew up with...and something I have to consciously, actively fight against. It would be all to easy to fall into just reading white male authors without a thought, and leave books like yours...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    The hell of all this is (or one of them) is that hindsight is 20/20. Are the arbitration rules in the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership an attempt to forestall people power? I don't know if that's the point, but...
  • 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...
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