William H. Stoddard

William H. Stoddard

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I find a phone mildly convenient; I can call home from the supermarket and ask, "Do you want me to get A or B." But my biggest reason for having one is that pay phones, which used to be available...
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    I have only an immediate emotional reaction: I glanced at the book, and saw a sentence on page 1 that began with "Said instructor," which to my ear is a horrid piece of jargon suited only to police reports and...
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    I think you have confused me with an anarchocapitalist. There's more than one school of libertarian thought; many libertarians think constitutional government is a better system than any form of anarchism, and I'm one such. My political views owe a...
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    At least one manufacturer makes a vibrator designed specifically to be recharged from a USB....
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    For a comparatively light rendition of your thesis about global mobility, see Bride and Prejudice, which retells Jane Austen's story very closely with air travel between India and London taking the place of coach travel between the shires and London....
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    I have to say that there's very little in your final wish list that causes me any concern on libertarian grounds. I'm a little cautious about "social solidarity," but mainly because it's often used as a shiny wrapper for statist...
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    The filksong "The Lepers of Dune Meet Godzilla" refers to "Anthony's fourteen-book trilogies" . . . I would note that there are multiple cases of past writers trying to get unhooked from their most popular series. Doyle threw Holmes off...
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    Pigeon anticipated my answer, which was "found a schismatic church." Followed, of course, by nationalizing the monasteries and selling their land, buildings, and movable assets off to rich aristocrats, but that's a lot more commonplace, with or without the excuse...
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    That's not a version I've heard before, and it's more plausible than the "natural selection" argument I had presented to me many years ago....
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    That business about Napoleon's impact on the height of the French population is one I've heard before, but I think it's crap. Mathematical population genetics shows that you need a massive number of deaths prior to reproduction to shift the...
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    Well, not long before, there is Richelieu, though he's subtler than most of the people Bond takes down. (On a tangentially related track, I worked out the concept for a superhero movie where Richelieu has his top agents, Rochefort and...
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    I'm glad to see someone thinking of past centuries. I was thinking about Louis XIV, who set out to control the entirety of Western Europe for the sake of his own personal glory, and mortgaged France's tax revenues for several...
  • Commented on Book day!
    It bothers me, too; reflecting on my reaction, that was the biggest "came out of left field" in a novel that had more than one of them. Both the Mandate's power level and Iris's ties to him felt like having...
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    If you've seen "The Arrival," conceivably the circular alien writing there might be kind of similar....
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    Interesting. I'd put them in a quite different order. Omitting the shorter pieces: The Rhesus Chart The Fuller Memorandum/The Nightmare Stacks (tied) The Jennifer Morgue The Atrocity Archive The Apocalypse Codex The Delirium Brief The Annihilation Score Of these, I...
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    Though, Greg, if you're relating it to OGH's situation, then yes, entirely appropriate, at least in prospect. Please excuse the second thoughts; I'm a bit slow today....
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    I like that one a lot. In fact I quoted it to my wife a few days ago, on the first anniversary of her mother's death. But I'm not sure I see how it applies in this case. Bob still...
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    Yes, though I was thinking more of Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date....
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    Oh, by the way, I've dropped the mysterious phrase into Google, and it comes up with The Delirium Brief and a bunch of financial firms discussing asset management. None of the earlier novels shows up. And I'm not going to...
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    This reminds me of a brief conversation I had with Vernor Vinge a decade or so back, at a San Diego con. I mentioned Shakespeare writing about how his sonnets would still be remembered long after he and the young...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Whereas even though I know intellectually that possessive adjectives agree with the nouns they modify in gender, it never even occurred to me to think of someone applying that to English possessive pronouns. Traditional European fairy tales seem to have...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    First of Spies and Liars was the daughter of All-Highest by his first wife. The head of air cavalry is his second wife, who murdered FSL's mother and is now hoping to make a clean genetic sweep of it. There...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I talked about the rules in California because I have recent experience with them. I don't have streetlevel knowledge of how other states handle marriage, let alone other countries. But my primary focus was on the idea that there are...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Here in California, anyone—well, at least any Californian—can be authorized to perform a single marriage ceremony. You go to the county clerk's office, pay less than $100, swear to adhere to the constitution of California, and name the date and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    There are other possibilities. Iron is at the bottom of the curve of binding energy. Given the effects of medusae and basilisks, that might be magically significant....
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    I have the Kindle edition. Could you give me a distinctive phrase of four or five words near the start of each passage?...
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    That could be true. Can you point to specific passages that give you that impression?...
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    Yes, both those key points were clear by the second time I read The Nightmare Stacks. My focus is on a different and perhaps more specific point: When FSL/All-Highest recited the formula of asking for refugee status, was she doing...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I'm sorry, but I'm not getting why that point is relevant to what I'm speculating about. By the time Cassie/FSL recites the formula of seeking refuge, she IS the All-Highest and has no more need to worry about what her...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I expect that Cassie knew how to google for such things; after all, she was a college student. I'm not sure that FSL would realize that Cassie had that capability; it depends on how much she's assimilated to English technology...
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