Nancy Lebovitz

Nancy Lebovitz

  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    America is far from being as good as it should be, but no one is worried about even the most insulting anti-Trump commentators and comedians being hauled off to jail, and similarly for politicians who oppose Trump. This level of...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Moonwise by Greer Gilman is easily the most implausible book I've ever seen published commercially. It's a fantasy story-- two women create a shared world, one of them vanishes into it. Also, there's a summer goddess and a winter goddess,...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    I agree that there's more room to publish unusual writing, though not to make a living from it. But if you're a reader, how do you find the wonderful thing you don't know you want?...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I think people keep arguing about Heinlein because he had what I call the authoritative voice. I'm not sure how he did it, but he sounds as though he's conveying the truth about how people should live....
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    [Friday]: As for the setting, well it's pretty much a grimdark meathook future, isn't it? Yet he treats it as an adventure playground for his combat courier. And in a world where there's apparent free energy from "shipstones" and interstellar...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5537755/1/Amends-or-Truth-and-Reconciliation A fanfic about Hermione's first year after the end of canon. I don't think it will ever be finished, but I'm glad to have read it. Has one of the finest "Oh, shit" moments I've ever seen....
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    As I recall, it's explicitly stated in ST that the vets aren't superior voters in any way. The purpose of the system is to get stability by co-opting everyone who's capable of mounting a revolt. I believe without evidence that...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I read Irontown Blues, and I think there's a lot wrong with the book-- in particular, that it needed to be about half as long, and the problem is worse towards the beginning of the book, though there's also a...
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    Sorry, here's the url for definitions of fascism. http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/2008/01/appendix-on-fascism.html...
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    It's possible that Heinlein was referring the ancient Roman symbol rather than Italian fascism, but who knows? Fascism is miserably hard to define: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2018/08/dread-of-heinleinism.html Perhaps it would be better to look at the ideas in Starship Troopers and whether they...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Governments have a reasonably complete monopoly on the use of force in a region. They get that by having the most access to violence. Now, it's not just violence which gives control, there's also custom. However, I think Heinlein is...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Back to Beyond This Horizon: Good point about some people having real work on earth, but it's stated that the dueling system isn't permitted in the laboratories on Pluto(?) because there's real work. It might be that people are less...
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    Thanks for writing this-- Heinlein's good and bad points are both worthy of note. I wonder whether he was moving away from libertarianism towards the end-- as I recall, in The Cat Who Walked through Walls, living on a space...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Actually, there's quite a bit of 3d printing of various metals-- the problem seems to be that strong alloys aren't there yet. Faint memory of disk habitat sf: A short series of DAW books which had a solar-system-sized disk, at...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    For me, the biggest thing is that there's relatively little science fiction compared to fantasy these days when it used to be the reverse. That's probably a subject for another rant, though. Both require world-building of some sort. I'm not...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    There will be intelligence increase, at least at the low end. This is a hard world for people who aren't especially bright, and it seems to me that technology for getting people from what is currently considered dull to what...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    After a particularly annoying landlord, I found myself with a theory that men have beards to keep their throats from being bitten out. Is this at all plausible? It probably isn't plausible-- it might be too easy to protect one's...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    I read the Crispin story, and while the beginning might be a little long-winded, it is a very satisfying revenge story....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    I confess that when I got to the end of The Nightmare Stacks, my first thought was "Very clever" rapidly followed by "Brexit-- poor Charlie"....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    I've only read the book once, so I may have missed something, but what got to me was that Mo despised Bob-- she just didn't see that he's actually competent at his job. As the book went on, she came...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    There were mentions of unions. Since unions are organizations, these methods can also be used to wreck unions. Here's one I read about decades ago-- it's very important to keep the workspace looking good-- so not just a clean desk...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    That could be Your Face in Mine by Jess Row....
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    "What she has stopped doing is writing jolly stories about space mercenaries who get involved in humorous hijinks, achieve the mission against impossible odds, and then escape under fire with low but deplorable casualties. She started with an expanding space...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    I'm not going to deny the existence of sexism in the sf industry, but I do wonder about the test (comment #9) of naming five women sf authors you've read in the past year. People's memories don't necessarily work that...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    I thought the reason Bujold wrote the Sharing Knife books was that she was writing what she wanted, discovered romance fans were delighted with her work, so she wrote a romance series and had more conventional romance elements in her...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    I'm just putting in a nice word for Delia Marshall Turner, a remarkably good writer from the nineties who seems to have been forgotten. I'm not tracking back through what I've been reading lately (though perhaps I should start keeping...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    There's always death by ill-conceived policy. It turns out that polyunsaturated fats aren't bad for people, and might be good for people, so you get death from butter deprivation. However, one of the big scary possibilities is governments turning against...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    I'm putting in a good word for Grig Larson's Trolley as an unusually vivid portrayal of the idea that knowledge can be bad for you....
  • Commented on Book Launch
    Should poverty be included in the effects of communism? There's got to be some reason why people risk death to get out of communist countries and into capitalist countries. For purposes of this discussion, I'm counting Europe as capitalist in...
  • Commented on Book Launch
    Think of the Indigo Children....
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