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  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Looks interesting. Lots of cheap copies in the Big River; so I might take a gander at it....
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    Not sure if you were interpreting me as saying people were paranoid about the French or the other way around. In the context of Charlie's comment, it would be the French who would be paranoid about being invaded. Basically I...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    In the past my two best guesses were "Mainstream Feminism" or "Mother F***ers", but neither of those seem to fit this context. Meatsuit Fanboys? Ummm, I think that would apply to the Ship Minds and not the people themselves. To...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    You could make up a similar laundry list of countries invaded by Russia/USSR. You could also make up a decent list of invasions for many continental European countries, e.g. France. If I recall the century between Peter the Great and...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Fallout LARP: where almost everybody survives a full thermonuclear exchange in one manner or another, plus they have cool robots and bad artistic taste. Dozens of super high tech start ups will continue to operate in the middle of nowhere...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    He's riffing off of Yackov Smirnoff's signature "humor." Since that bit was "popular" 30 years ago, he is regressing more than you think :)...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    So Puro-kaiju has been overtaken by real world events? :)...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Well if you were one of "those kinds of people" who make everything about repetitive cycles of history, then Nixon is Sulla and Trump is, umm, Crassus?* I am not one of those people, by the way, but it can...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Yes. I was aware that other cultures and times had different outcomes. We tend to think of modernity and Northern European type modernity in particular, as the apex of human development; so results that show the process degrading us are...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    The onset of puberty has fallen drastically over the last 150 years, from 16.6 (1860) to 10.5 (2010) in Germany. In some industrial settings English girls in the earth 19th century might have waited until 19 for menarche. So in...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    "In this we are truly a European country, much more like our near-neighbours" So after the London riots, Scottish Independence I, Brexit, Scottish Independence II (Date TBA), NI, among other things, you are seriously peddling this as a difference between...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    "Something that few SF writers (apart from Pterry*) address: history, archeology, culture, etc. are the accumulation of many layers" I am not sure it's that rare in fantasy: Steven Erikson, Glen Cook, Gene Wolfe, Robin Hobb, Barbara Hambly, etc. Also,...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    It's more of a quote than a suggestion. It would be interesting to see numbers on what constitutes a "niche" genre. I am not a big anime fan and Bebop is not a typical anime; however, I suspect that anime...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I thought Planetary Romance was more akin to some of Jack Vance/Gene Wolfe; maybe even Kage Baker is a branch that's taken a very twisty development off that tree since she uses a (relatively) near future or even past Earth...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    The work, which becomes a new genre itself, will be called... COWBOY BEBOP Would Cherryh's Chanur books fit into your subgenre here?...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think you are only partly right. Probably more children are being read to, but fewer are learning to do everyday necessary tasks. I would conjecture this is a middle class bias. Probably more "lower class"/working class children are being...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I question whether this has actually changed to any great degree. See for example, Charlie's recent comments on parental mortality in the past, leading to orphans and step/adopted parents galore. Plus much of what we now consider dysfunctional was considered...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I am not disagreeing with the substance of your comments. But professional ethics courses tend to be that way in general. They don't usually teach Profession X Morals classes. American lawyers go through pretty thorough ethical training, testing and CLE,...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I am relatively certain that my son's Computer Science major does have one or two ethics course requirements....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    "Those saying "multiple marriage is too hard for the legal system" have a pretty high bar to clear when explaining exactly how that's true." Not particularly. It depends on how common situations like your example are. The legal system might...
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    I am guessing they are still only on e-book. I might have to finally give in if people start publishing interesting stuff exclusively without the aid of dead trees....
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    I put in spaces. If I had known how this would be formatted, I would have put in asterisks or another place holder. I attempted to apologize and explain the problem, but the site would not take a second comment...
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    Well, the transference of Chinese script to Japan shows that you kinda/sorta could have a written language that was intelligible to people who did not necessarily speak the same spoken languages. In practice that did not stay the case, the...
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    Early breaking of "Lent" to ask if you know the plot behind the TV show, "Fortitude." I know you probably have not watched it, but it gets a lot of discussion in some SF circles; so you might know the...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I criticized Scalzi and think that PDP probably got treated unfairly, though I did not think he was all that funny and he probably did not make the wisest decision for his business here. From your reply, it sounds like...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I was looking for a term that would gloss a bunch of phenomenon which would otherwise take pages to describe. I totally agree this is not rigorous philosophical discourse....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Not sure what level to address this at: one, in the original post I was literally thanking you for a comment I appreciated. No need for dark sideways glances and infinite recursive analysis on my meaning. I did not see...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I am going to unpack my comments some more: there's an episode of Futurama where Fry learns that people in the 31st century frown on getting into a relationship with your sex robot, which in Fry's case is modeled on...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    "Anyhow @197. Take you how you see it: not having another round of this Game and quite pissed off that everyone thought they could make it happen. And you can call me names and hate me, but do note: larger...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Comment 136 was extremely easy to digest. So thanks for that. It confirms what I was thinking, particularly how I reacted to Scalzi's tweets on PDP and other liberal Democratic "it's not [really] a joke" responses. My immediate thought was...
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