Lusiphur

Lusiphur

  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    +1 for the Steampunk as I have faith yours wouldn't degenerate into cosplay, MarySue type shenanigans like so many seem to. More Mieville-like would be my preference....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Finished the Nightmare Stacks (thumbs high btw) and planning a re-read of the Annihilation Score after your crib sheet. Before that it was Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre because all Brookmyre must be consumed (and it was very good). Bit...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    Just bought The Red as the premise sounded interesting. Is there a UK Kindle release of Trials happening? If not then that's fine, I have plenty to read, but it would be good to know. PS. As to the point...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    And while we are on this vibe there is also the Morgaine stuff by CJ Cherryh too. I really need to get round to re-reading that soon....
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    CJ Cherryh's the Paladin should get a mention for a female, knight protagonist....
  • Commented on Interlude: Franchise novels, my writing process and why I self published my writing manual
    Apropos of this post the Atlantic just did a big spread about the original franchise production line. Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/05/hardy-boys-nancy-drew-ghostwriters/394022/ Certainly plenty of kids get a kick out of those because they enjoy the familiarity of the...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    This gives a page not found error on Blackgate....
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    I am having fear flashbacks to Ken MacLeod's Intrusion. Please desist....
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    The issues are exactly the same in Android land. The laudable goal of simplifying a complex system for people who have neither the time nor inclination to master it has become subservient to maximising revenue streams. I shot myself in...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I live in Edinburgh and have studied the tram project extensively for a postgraduate course I am doing. Some of the issues have already been touched on. Edinburgh trams suffered from being started when the PIC mania was at its...
  • Commented on Time tourism
    Actually my intention was to make a tangential point about suspension of disbelief requiring good execution. Seems that point didn't get across....
  • Commented on Time tourism
    I personally dislike time travel stories of any kind, especially romanticisation of the past ones. Even with the generally unsolvable paradox issues (which are usually 'solved' by just ignoring them), I just feel that the familiarity of the setting does...
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    so you came here with an appeal to authority which, when no one bought it caused you to flounce off in the huff leaving a little ad hominem attack behind. It is no wonder people were unimpressed. I have personally...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    While I agree with your analysis of the forces behind this, the trigger event seems strange in the extreme. Where are the ministers etc on the 'accepted' media (checked Beeb and Grauniad) outlets banging on about how this is a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Jennifer Morgue
    As a newly-minted member of the blood pressure medication for life club (Lisinopril 20mg seems to be working for now), I am also agog to hear your experiences. I haven't noticed any effects like you describe (well, if I am...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    Having been reading your blog a good while I accept that you probably find people asking for another Eschaton book as annoying as any popular band hearing their fans demand that boring hit song at every concert. That being said,...
  • Commented on Minor hiccup
    I have the Ace edition of The Atrocity Archives which has The Concrete Jungle in it as well. Seeing as you are producing another novella set in this continuity is there any plans afoot to make these generally available (say...
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    Disarmament always just strikes me as being another version of the prisoner's dilemma. Its absolutely the right thing to do, for every conceivable reason, but no one wants to be first :( Think about what that says about the morals...
  • Commented on A message from our UK sponsors
    Beer tokens sent your way. Been looking forward to this as I have felt for a while the Merchant Princes stuff needed another pass to help join it all together nicely. Publishers insisting on DRM is a lost cause given...
  • Commented on Press Release: Stross Uncloaks Secret Media Project
    Am I the only one who thinks Laundryverse would work fine as a BBC series a'la Sherlock? I concede that Stross + Hollywood is probably an unholy union that should never occur....
  • Commented on Off the Map: Women in Science and Science Fiction
    Except not. That's quite the leap there. It may well be your assumption but it's certainly not mine (for example). In fact, it kind of runs counter to well, all of human history and endeavour. It's perfectly possible to imagine...
  • Commented on Off the Map: Women in Science and Science Fiction
    What utter tosh. Firstly, you reduce women to one aspect of their experience. You do realise they are more than baby factories I hope? Secondly, if your contention is the basic "walk a mile in the other's shoes", my girlfriend's...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    Heh. Looky here :) https://www.change.org/petitions/google-keep-google-reader-running...
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