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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    "You walked into tht one. Vaginas are a difference in kind, it's hard to argue otherwise. "How important is it? I don't know and I don't know how to find out." It requires patience; but once complete gender change back...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    "Harry Potter" -- What made the books so successful was that they appealed to people who weren't used to reading for fun. (Also to other readers, of course.) Which is rather hard to predict. As for "But their getting published...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    "It's fascinating watching sci-fi authors like Charlie sprinting increasingly fast to keep ahead of the Bear Of Social And Technological Change." Not that new. Several writers predicted the Soviet Union's future for the next few centuries. Those who predicted its...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    Archetypes in science fiction: See much (most?) of Gordon R. Dickson; Keith Laumer's A Trace of Memory, in which one character turns out to have been the original of King Arthur; the Honor Harrington series, any number of sf detective...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    It's my experience that US doctors are more willing and able to prescribe off-label medications....
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    "Then there is the bureaucracy. Even if a drug has already been licensed for use for one condition, if it is found to be beneficial for another it still takes years of trials and reams of regulatory hoops to jump...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    "Do you make a distinction between visual memory (actual visualization) and non-visual memory (associative language / descriptive) in your simulations? There's some interesting research on people who use both, and those who only use one of them." And I use...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    I have mild cerebral palsy, one ear defective from birth (including the nerve), and depression/anxiety. The last is now controllable with medication which doesn't have too many side effects; but I'd be delighted to have cyber-treatment available for all three....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Sunday's Star Tribune (Twin Cities Minnesota daily) had an opinion piece about the UK election being a good example for the US to follow. The author's a political scientist, so he surely must be right. Feel better, Brits?...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    What I can confidently say won't happen: Reactivation of the British written constitution. Yes, there was one: The Instrument of Government. Why it's obscure: Cromwell had less than no use for it....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    On genetic mixing: A couple of generations back, some of my relatives (Ukrainian Jewish) looked distinctly Asian. Not uncommon among Eastern Europeans; that area might have been designed for ease of invasion by horse nomads. Many "pure Germans" have Slavic...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    "Hard science" is used for several kinds of sf: 1) Based solidly on current science. 2) Based on scientific theories postulated but not yet proven or disproven. 3) Based partly on current science and partly on theories the author made...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    "And what, perchance, do you consider the 5th dimension?" I know it when I feel/see/body-sense it. Note: This is a fifth _spatial_ dimension. And it's probably just one of the shadows on the wall of my cave....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Good luck to anyone using psi to read my mind. Much of my thinking is in multisensory diagrams, sometimes in four and rarely in five dimensions....
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    All humans who reach full maturity are vampires. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there's a parasite which alters the metabolisms of humans it infects (most of us) so that we don't completely mature. This parasite was genetically engineered by the nephilim, whose...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Relevant #2 Alan Weisman speaks about his groundbreaking book, The World Without Us 1. Your new book, THE WORLD WITHOUT US, poses a fascinating, extraordinary thought experiment: if you take every living human off the Earth, what traces of us...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Relevant #1: The Knowledge - Amazon.com www.amazon.com › ... › Disaster Relief Amazon.com, Inc. The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm [Lewis Dartnell].... www.the-knowledge.org/ The official website that accompanies The Knowledge, the best-selling book by...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    "I like to joke that I'm a naive 'if men were angels, this would be heaven' anarchist at heart" Ahem. Both unfallen and fallen angels live under REALLY total monarchies....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Apparently, Vox Day's edition of the New Testament doesn't include the Parable of the Good Samaritan. And "Vox Day" as a pen name isn't a prime example of Christian humility....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Note that efforts to reduce the size of government often include setting up new agencies. In the US, the Office of Paperwork Reduction added new forms to be filled out. Extreme case: The Soviet Union, whose progress toward the withering...
  • Commented on Default Option
    As I understand it, Marxist theory assumes that the Industrial Age will go on forever. This appears not to be the case. I'm sure there are Marxists who have done some adjustments to the theory to account for computers and...
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    More accurately (or at least closer to my memory): There was ONE major distributor, and a whole lot of small ones -- each competing against the major in one area. When the major distributor went under, result was a whole...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    I grew up between two places of one or two hundred residents. People knew a whole lot about each other, and about others' ancestors. A while back, someone in an apa I was in explained that lesbians from her city...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    I want to read at least excerpts from James Bond's novels about Ian Fleming....
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    What's weird about our time? Aside from little things like fiction categories as specialized as vegan werewolf romances; Canada legalizing same-sex marriage; the Soviet Union collapsing with relatively little violence; the Netherlands making it less legal to smoke tobacco than...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    At 71, I have fewer aches and pains than I used to; feel happier than I used to; and feel less old-and-tired than when I was ten. I'm on antidepressant medication which works well for me (generic prozac.) Originally prescribed...
  • Commented on Berlin trip
    Re psychopaths, from Wikipedia: "James H. Fallon... "Fallon, who himself has the neurological and genetic correlates of psychopathy,[1] has been categorized as a "pro-social psychopath", an assessment with which he concurs. In October 2013 his book, The Psychopath Inside: A...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    There are a fair number of cases of conversions between Communism and Fascism. To the best of my knowledge, there are no reported cases of trams becoming grandmothers, or vice versa....
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    What if Hitler had become a Communist?...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Seems like only yesterday that 16-year-olds were older women....
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