Nancy Lebovitz

Nancy Lebovitz

  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I liked this one tremendously. Excellent action scenes, notably the one on the road and the vampire and superhero team. Also, I hate most romances, but I liked this one, possibly because the typical romance is between the female lead...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    The other problem with trying to get predictions from sf is recognizing the true predictions which seem implausible....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I suggest that Atlas Shrugged ended just before things got interesting. Building/rebuilding is more complex than destruction. My ideal sequel would have Rand being partially right (value needs to be created before it can be distributed) and partially wrong (people...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    More likely: Global warming is happening, but it's much smaller and less disastrous than predicted. Here's a big blind spot from the past-- almost no one realized that big data transfer systems would be used for conversation. E. M. Forster's...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/fentanyl-test-strips-lead-to-more-caution-among-illicit-drug-users/2018/10/02/4dda95ac-c65d-11e8-b1ed-1d2d65b86d0c_story.html?utm_term=.8d7885ced64f Decent news-- fast cheap analysis making people's lives better....
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    "We may be able to perceive reality as it is, but if it takes tremendous effort and we can't move while we're doing it, then it's not terribly adaptive, is it?" There are martial arts that involve moving while...
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    I'm not arguing that cheap easy analysis would solve everything about nutritional quality of food, though I think it would help in a lot of cases. It could be a disaster if a widely accepted standard is mistaken. It's possible...
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    I'm expecting the human race to last. Civilization as we know it is another question. If there are eras of biological engineering, there could be a giddy amount of variation. Have a notion: if secrecy becomes impossible, what would war...
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    Have we converged on any opinions about blind spots in sf? I'm still inclined to think that there isn't much in the way of optimistic futures. Anything else?...
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    I don't know how much of frauds is a result of less enforcement and how much is increased technological ability, for example the ability to make fake products. And it's not just about harassing poc on the street--- white collar...
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    Troutwaxer #467 I already knew that if people have children with whoever, appearances don't homogenize. What proportion of people have ancestry from two continents? Three? Four? I can expect the proportion to go up. If we grant that race...
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    I'm having trouble with logging in to comment. It only works once in a while. Anyone else have the same problem? A solution? Greg Tingey #428 What I meant by longevity which includes lively minds is that you'd get at...
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    I don’t think the possibility of at least some things getting better gets adequately covered. What if there were a cheap, safe cure for PTSD? This would be huge. The Adverse Childhood Experience study suggests that damage from trauma is...
  • 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....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    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...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Sorry, here's the url for definitions of fascism. http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/2008/01/appendix-on-fascism.html...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    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...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    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...
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