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Princejvstin

  • 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....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Apocalypse Codex
    One thing I should have done, when I visited Colorado Springs as part of my vacation to that state recently, was to check to see how well it matched up with events in the book. Drat! Given the drought and...
  • Commented on The Northern Wild: How to Save New York?
    For example, about 50% of UK local government spending (by cities or districts) comes from central government funds. Which means even badly run down cities don't automatically crater if things go wrong. This is the LGA model of funding Minnesota...
  • Commented on The Fumes of Mordor & Other World Building Models
    I'd love to visit Hawaii some day. The strange and unusual environments would be inspirational for any writer--or photographer for that matter. It is a pity you don't have a "community" there though....
  • Commented on The last refuge of scoundrels
    I've tried to keep my tongue civil and get along after Thatcher's death. I'm not British, and I'm a conflict-averse, friendly sort of guy. But...Christ in Crinoline, this is abhorrent....
  • Commented on New Guest Blogger: Linda Nagata
    Hi Linda. I'm delighted you will be guest-blogging here....
  • Commented on The map is not the territory.
    I think that these ideas might be an explanation for Fermi's Paradox, if there ARE intelligent aliens to be had. We simply are not currently equipped to detect, sense and realize where the aliens are. Hmm, there's an idea--building an...
  • Commented on Project Stargate
    Fascinating. The push for an edge, especially in a cold war, leads governments down some very strange paths. Roleplaying games, for me, like Day after Ragnarok (Germans use the Midgard Serpent. Everyone uses the byproducts after the Allies nuke and...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    Nothing lasts forever, not even this beige dictatorship. However, this in the short run is probably going to be only long enough until something upsets the applecart. My money is on a catastrophic global warming-oriented event. The reset buttons on...
  • Commented on Women in SF and Fantasy
    n the other hand, I don't feel right just plunking down a modern point of view into a historic setting. It feels like a lie, and I hate that kind of lie. What about when it is done in Secondary...
  • Commented on Fang Fuckers: some reflections (in a mirror)
    The new RPG Night's Black Agents marries vampires with the Ronin-esque Spy drama, having former intelligence operatives in Europe discover the existence of vampires pulling the strings. The GM is encouraged to pick and choose the kind of vampires on...
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