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  • Commented on Busy signal
    But what we really want to know is, is she a natural green or does she use dye? We once had a cat who could tell the temperature: while asleep, you measured the distance from base of tail to tip...
  • Commented on CMAP #9: Ebooks
    I borrowed an ebook reader from a friend the other day, to see what it was like, and read a couple of books on it (including Accelerando). My general reaction is that it's a pretty nasty experience. Given me a...
  • Commented on Back home
    Terry Pratchett's _Strata_ (one of his two highly underrated SF works) has an instant space drive which can move your body faster than your soul, which has been experimentally shown to travel no faster than 0.7 light years per second....
  • Commented on Better news, I hope.
    I try to get the Caledonian Sleeper when I want to travel from London to Inverness and back --- it's by far the most civilised way to travel, beating the hell out of the nightmare that is modern air travel,...
  • Commented on PSA: New Book Deal
    What, no sample passages? How are you going to win over your public without teaser fragments? Inquiring minds want to know!...
  • Commented on CMAP #6: Why did you pick such an awful cover for your new book?
    PrivateIron@5: I didn't know that. I do know that Janny Wurts paints her own covers, though; that's kind of an extreme way of doing it... but that must be really awkward for the editors, as the author is likely to...
  • Commented on CMAP #6: Why did you pick such an awful cover for your new book?
    I usually find that the cover art is a pretty good determinator for genre, if nothing else. Hard SF gets abstract spaceships (Alastair Reynolds), military/heroic SF will usually have an explosion and a three-quarters portrait of the hero/heroine (Elizabeth Moon),...
  • Commented on For sale; first edition of the Necronomicon (used once)
    But that's alright. Nobody likes Idaho. Somewhere, a ghola is crying. I hadn't noticed, but Cubicle 7 also produce the new Doctor Who RPG, Adventures in Time and Space, which my RPG group is about to start up. It appears...
  • Commented on For sale; first edition of the Necronomicon (used once)
    "I'm really excited to be working with Cubicle 7 to bring the sinister world of the Laundry to a wider audience," says Charles Stross. Good lord. I never realised people actually said that sort of thing. There's a strong possibility...
  • Commented on CMAP #5: Why books are the length they are
    I have a copy of Mary Gentle's Ash, which was when printed the longest single-volume fantasy novel ever (I don't know if it still is). UK edition: 1120 pages. The US edition was split into four, count 'em, four volumes....
  • Commented on CMAP #4: Territories, Translations, and Foreign Rights
    L. Ron Hubbard kept churning out books for years after he died! Also, guthrie: if you're interested in translated SF, go track down anything by Stanislaw Lem. It's quite different from anything else out there, and expertly translated into English....
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