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  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Off topic, but reading the news, such as https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/us/politics/scott-pruitt-epa-justice-department-funding.html made me realise just how accurate teh Delirium Brief is, in the way government departments can be compromised and taken down. I had thought/hoped it was just (?!) satire....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    You might enjoy, wryly, https://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/murray-les/the-tune-on-your-mind-0570014 (Les Murray, one of the most feted of Australian poets, discovered that he was on the spectrum in his 60s, I think.)...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Still reading it. It's substantial, meaty, and very much your Brexit/Trump novel. And yes, you've completely broken the cosy catastrophe model for British occult fantasy. (Well done!) But it is cheating, both in terms of real world retconning (series evolves...
  • Commented on Book day!
    That was meant as a reply to #135...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Nicely put! Though not-Cameron's actions, dissolving the Laundry without notice or plan, sounds *exactly* like what is happening in Brexit. Today's news alone..... [And so your recipe of what the agency could have done is perhaps overly optimistic --- look...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Your two postings, #32 and #20, mean that the events of this novel are about the start (/end?) of CNG (?) So this is not going to be the sweet and surprisingly cheery novel the last one was. It really...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Total squee. Just started reading it, got through the Paxman interview cringing.... past the recaps unneeded for the readers of this blog, .. and got to the punchline of the meeting in the auditors office. Whoa. You really do think...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    That is just lovely. Especially for those of us who get more pleasure out of the character driven snippets then the tech descriptions (no matter how rigorous or thoughtful they are). And it's reassuring that Bob & Mo are working...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    You know, if I didn't actually live here I'd take great pleasure in watching the last remnant of an imperial power downsize in influence, living conditions, relevance, etc, an utterly unforced suicidal walk off the cliff. Living here, and watching...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I'm looking for something about three times the size of the anti-war demonstrations in 2003, calling for another referendum. But this time, unlike with Blair, all the establishment are on side....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Anyone know if there are any large 'remain' demonstrations planned? I'm about to write to 38 degrees and ask them. I'd like to march with about 10 million or so of my neighbours, in London and other cities, in favour...
  • Commented on A taste of nightmares to come
    I just understood, courtesy of the NYT, the typographical oddness of your handle. Is this something you picked up from the NYT, or has this meme genuinely spread in the wild? ((( null-I )))...
  • Commented on A taste of nightmares to come
    Squee. Looking forward to this. Nice to have another new narrative voice, though I also miss Bob's. (And interesting how having Mo's internal narrative made me less invested in shipping Bob/Mo -- somehow you see the relationship from both sides,...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I sincerely hope you are undervaluing your price for such a novel, by between a factor of 2 and 10. 10^6 dollars is easily afforded by a % of hedge fund types far less successful, or distinctive, than you are...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    In the middle aged professor version I know best, the Hero's journey is their attempt to understand their work (space drive, in your example). And, as the (sadly true) joke has it, s/he has a partner and a piece on...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Sorry, I know I should just reread, but: Did I miss it --- what was the SA's reason for assembling Bob's ex-es into a team! that fights crime! ? (Obviously they were fabulously well qualified, but the Bob connection?) And,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Sigh. Fair enough. And I do look forward to seeing how your characters manage to avoid despair, what fruitless hopes you hold up to them, only to snatch away, and how you manage to do that while still having the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    A spoiler type question, so no answer expected, but... Have you worked out a way for things to end well for humanity, sort of, that doesn't compromise the basic premises and internal intellectual rigour? And if so, will it happen,...
  • Commented on Book Launch
    Oh that was a hoot --- really looking forward to the whole novel. I liked the initial reveal --- of course Mo knew that her violin is sentient (Lecter, nice!), and *interesting* how much she & Bob communicate. ('of course'...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Upon reflection, parenthetical literary criticism is probably not appropriate for this forum. Please feel free to delete the paragraphs in question!...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I like it as a sensible 'nuclear option', in addition to some other needed reforms to prevent/deter gaming the system, when the slate puts only (?) a small majority of candidates on each list. I've no opinion yet on what...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    @perpetual #111 Grin! You should modify that scenario, slightly, for end game. Running off and hiding in the face of danger just wouldn't be British, young chap, would it? Planning to do so in advance even less so. (Not to...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Oh dear. This looks like a much bleaker book --- marital breakdown, Alzheimers from coding, CNG. I miss the lols already (but do appreciate the rigour with which you approach the whole Laundry scenario, how you take it seriously and...
  • Commented on Fang Fuckers: some reflections (in a mirror)
    You haven't turned poor Bob into a vampire have you??? Reassure us, please.......
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