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Robby

  • Commented on Sitrep
    Mitchell and Webb had a sketch that hit the inappropriate superhero idea on the head nicely, which was basically a superhero from the 70s. He gets the bad guys, but whilst smoking a fag, being casually racist, and having a...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    For anyone with an interesting mental health history, if you think you need a break then you really need a break. Whist this may sound a bit shitty, it's true. When you're struggling, your writing isn't as good. I've been...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I work in this sort of area, although for a different organisation which thankfully hasn't been affected, because we patch. There seems to be a bit of an undercurrent in some comments that suggests "There's no point patching the systems...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Whilst TAS didn't entertain me in the same way as some of the earlier books (turbo-nerd padawan under the guidance of the demon-headmaster sorcerer) the story did stick in my mind for a lot longer. It isn't as nice, because...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Name: Addison Leecoy Classification: Urban Transport Deployment: As CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN intensifies, laundry agents must be able to quickly reach outbreaks in urban areas, whilst avoiding threats that remain invisible to the general public. Transport support was recently provided by...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Yes. The thing I'm giving up is privacy. Privacy is currently important to me because of a set of very British, Victorian-era values that make it embarrassing to disclose details of my finances, medical conditions, sexual preferences and opinions on...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Thinking about this some more, some other cliches: 1. Ships that easily accelerate to near-lightspeed happens, time dilation happens, interest on money in bank accounts happens, yet people who work on these ships are still poor. No-one seems to start...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Well done Charlie. You've now ruined a genre for me. This means you're going to have to write the book, maybe a trilogy. It's a shame you have to do something new. I have a feeling that the full-length novel...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Charlie, Seeing as it seems you're tired and sick, I'd be quite happy if you just posted some pictures of cats and took a few days off. It might not quite be sipping pina coladas, but I'm sure you've earned...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    As a couple of others people have mentioned, both language type and songs could come into play. Language type - I don't know how various languages compare for information density, but I do know that some are better than others...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    Charlie, you threaten my wallet. My book-buying policy over the last year or so has been to buy what you said was enjoyable or the works of your guest authors. It works well, I've read some very good books over...
  • Commented on Check Check Sound Check
    Cats cats cats. I'll buy your books....
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    This blog is like the opposite of youtube comments; everyone knows what they're talking about and can reference their claims. It's too early for that. Harold. I'm currently plowing through Blackout/All clear and it's a slog. I want something that...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    The social impact would be less noticeable in the developed world. GPS has popped up a few times in comments. GPS (and EGNOS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo) satellites have a planned service life of around 15 years, but a constellation would...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    This surprise you mentioned - could it be something like a full length version of Palimpsest? I would happily pay a couple of weeks wages for that book, the novella is still the best thing I've ever read. On the...
  • Commented on Drink Me: The Horror Hotel Story, and Where Ideas Come From
    This just make me think about hotelspace. I think I first read about the term in something written by Charlie. It is quite possible that this hotel is so new that it isn't yet connected to hotelspace, which makes everything...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Investigation was prompted when Human Resources manager [NAME REDACTED] began to submit work of an irregular nature, to wit, employee became competent in role, external help suspected. Investigation revealed unauthorised summoning of Shantak (codeword NOVA) to discuss disciplinary techniques, non-monetary...
  • Commented on I have a new book cover
    Tell us more about the kittens....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Fuller Memorandum
    I'd be very happy if you stay alive long enough to complete the series, preferably to start and finish several more series in the mean time. That said, if you do feel like popping your clogs any time soon, can...
  • Commented on Because it's that time of year again ...
    The Apocalypse Codex has me itching for more, whereas the previous Laundry novels allowed me to have a breather in between. I would like to see it win something. However, if you finish Palimpsest, you win at life. It still...
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