William T Goodall

William T Goodall

  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Apparently I am still the only person on Librarything to own a copy of Dozois 33rd annual Best SF whereas The Nightmare Stacks is owned by 98 others....
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    People who believe that "X" is a prerequisite for morality are quite likely to exhibit a moral wobble if given evidence that "X" doesn't exist. This doesn't show that "X" is a prerequisite for morality, just that some people believe...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Aberdeen, like the rest of Scotland, voted remain despite having the highest non-UK born population share (16%) in Scotland and many residents whose pay or pension is paid in US $ who benefit from a falling pound. I myself earn...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Off-brand 50" full HD TVs are < £300 nowadays. And there is easy credit everywhere....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    The pro-Brexit working class (minimum-wage zero-hour) people I know are voting exit either because they are convinced (rightly or wrongly) that immigrants are depressing their wages and job opportunities or from outright hate-the-political-class nihilism. I have no doubt there are...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    My sister in law's parked car was written off in the supermarket car park last week by someone reversing broadside into it. Nothing else around. That's something a self-driving car wouldn't do. SD cars might not be able to cope...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    For categorising existing works the terms 'Space Opera' and 'New Space Opera' are different. More of the former has probably been written but more of the latter is probably currently in print. In the context of current publishing conversations 'Space...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Yes, the etymology of the term 'Space Opera' is via horse opera and soap opera. The type of story was originally cliched melodramatic and cliff-hangerish. The stories are only superficially science-fictional since the sf elements are decorative, unexplained, and possibly...
  • Commented on The Rules of Magic
    The rules needn't be exactly worked out or consistent as long as the writer avoids deus ex machina. The important thing is to give the impression that it all works. If the reader starts nitpicking inconsistencies in the background it...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: V.E. Schwab
    I thought I recognised your name and on checking my Kindle app I have indeed read A Darker Shade of Magic which was good....
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    I (nearly) finished changing all my home lighting from CFL to LED. I found early off-brand LED bulbs to be very unreliable (as were CFL) but I managed to get free replacements for defective ones and reliable brands like Philips...
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    Gating would work well I think....
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    The terminology seems to be converging on gate and variants thereof. Apart from OGH there was Cherryh's Gate of Ivrel and sequels and the enormous Stargate franchise which will probably see a revival....
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    But - ever more British actors are appearing in Hollywood, either cinema or television - and sometimes portraying Americans. Must be a case of the empire striking back... Because of Netflix and Amazon and multiple cable channels all getting into...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    The future looks grim for the indigent elderly in most of the world. Immigration helps for those places which can attract young people but that just makes it worse wherever they left. Pensions will fail to provide the promised incomes...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    Dark Matter is based on written material of course, in the comic book/graphic novel format rather than prose. It was originally intended as a TV series, then developed as a graphic novel with the intent of getting a TV deal....
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    TV is supposed to lag decades behind written SF and yet SyFy channel's two recent new space opera series both have multiethnic female leads (Chinese/Canadian Melissa O'Neil in Dark Matter and Nigerian/Norwegian Hannah John-Kamen in Killjoys). As for written SF...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    So, what SF/F first published in 2015 was worth reading? So filtering what I've read this year for SF/F, good and published this year: Books two and three of The Great Way trilogy by Harry Connolly. Something Coming Through, Paul...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    theologically sophisticated Oxymoron. Theology is childishly credulous driveling nonsense. Why argue about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin when there are no angels? Why discuss the nature of god when there is no god? Facepalm....
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    And bald is a hair colour....
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Not only that, we don't exist either!...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    (5) doesn't follow from 1,2,3 and 4. The entity you don't believe In might choose not to reveal its existence to you for reasons. In addition if you did experience a conversion it would only be evidence of psychosis not...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    If I compile a program for ARM and x86 the physical actions in the computer hardware are completely different in each case but it is still exactly the same program....
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    But like, electrons flow through a computer chip according to the laws of physics and chemistry. So how can there be any such thing as a computer program when there's nothing but electrons traveling from negative to positive poles? Because...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Theology is like astrology - the study of superstitious nonsense by blithering idiots. The idea that one would have to study any of it to reject it all as hopelessly daft is ridiculous....
  • Commented on In Defense of Fantasy: #2 The Imagination's Sandbox
    Since you mentioned Howard and Conan I must mention Karl Edward Wagner's Kane series. Some of Moorcock's Eternal Champion stories are better than others. If Traditional Fantasy is Quasi-Medieval then His Dark Materials isn't? What about the Locke Lamora series?...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    Sorry, I can't swallow that. Try Dunsany versus Hodgson or Lovecraft - same date, latter two harder to read, but it's the former who's posh. I found Lovecraft the most readable of those three. Hodgson's The House on the Borderland...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Nothing says you've gotta' use an up to the moment Apple. My sister uses an eleven year old iBook and my mother a twelve year old iMac. Both are stuck on Mac OS 10.5 (the last PPC version). My own...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Apples "latest" programming language for iOS is an Objective-C variant - basically a nicer, better C++ and C++ was already around in 1983 and is based on OOP ideas from the late 70s. DOS itself was low-tech - UNIX is...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    It seems to me that if a group has violated the spirit but not the rules by block nominating the correct response is not to also violate the spirit by voting NO AWARD rather than on the merit of the...
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