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  • Commented on Random excuses
    Thank you for lying on your back, not laying on your back. I'm not a grammar Nazi, but seeing people confuse lay and lie is exhausting. It was like driving past that damned Christain[sic] center at the edge of town...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    We're already seeing the rise of renewable energy sources and fossil fuels losing dominance. If anything, they are going to get cheaper and more efficient. I expect the storage problem to be solved. Look back at 1917. The internal combustion...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    We were tutoring a friend's teenager for the college entrance exams and were impressed with his vocabulary. He claimed it was all from those Warhammer novels. We worked on his other reading skills instead. I have nothing against modern toys...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    Schistosomiasis is way pre-western. It was documented in ancient hieroglyphs and sometimes called male menarche since male genital bleeding from the parasite load usually started at around the same age females started menstruating, and probably bleeding from schistosomiasis as well....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I'm with S.P.Zeidler. A big chunk of being an adult is about taking responsibility for oneself. That means being able to make one's way in the larger world. In law, my father used to explain, one is an infant until...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Brexit might be a big change, but I doubt it is going to be as bad as many think. It is definitely not going to lead to famine. As best I can tell, the people dying of hunger in the...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    I'd suggest Frederique Darragon who started out as the kind of character Jilly Cooper tries to write. You know, a wealthy socialite who sails the Atlantic, plays polo to win even with a broken jaw, model, jockey, samba player. Did...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Will anyone outside of London even notice the economic meltdown? Most of England has already melted down. I get the impression that London did its own Brexit some time ago, back in the 80s. Nine out of ten of the...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    Why do you think they resurrected ALL of us? They could just be running 1950 to 2050. They could be running perhaps a few thousand of us at full resolution, but the rest at lower resolution perhaps using statistical data...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    We actually can determine something about the hardware running the simulation. From the 1972 HAKMEM, an MIT classic: ITEM 154 (Gosper): The myth that any given programming language is machine independent is easily exploded by computing the sum of powers...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    This sounds like a great way to release our ids as in 'The Forbidden Planet'. A lot of what we learn as we grow up is better self control, including control of what we communicate. You really don't want to...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    There is a bit of truth in that Nature article. Usually, your neurons make up their mind, so to speak, about actions before you are consciously aware of the decision. In a controlled environment, it is possible to predict, for...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    In the 1960s I had read 'The American Challenge', a call for closer European integration. Europe, the UK included, was finally recovering from the war, but it had a way to go. Unification in the face of a superpower dominated...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    The Chinese government already has its own claque of bots, except they are human. They're called the 50-cent party because they're paid 0.50 yuan per comment. I suppose AI bots will take a chunk out of this....
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    I remember a sex chatbot advertised in Byte back in '81 or '82. It required an IBM PC and advertised support for multiple scenarios. Obviously, it wasn't actually a chatbot as it ran locally on one's PC, but if the...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    I really doubt that Apple is going to become a bank (or bank holding company). As others have noted, the money isn't there. Apple Pay currently does transactions through ordinary credit and debit card channels. Apple does automatically generate unique...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    Apple could go private by buying up its own stock. Once the number of shareholders goes below a certain number, the company is no longer under the same SEC level of regulation as a company owned by members of the...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    You could always go for Save the Cat. It's why almost every action movie is like every other action movie. Your novel might suck, but it would be more likely to get optioned for a movie. I'll also recommend the...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    The first generation raised by AIs scenario reminds me, for some reason, of JBS Haldane's essay on planetary colonization in On Being the Right Size. Humans were bred and adapted to survive on each planet, then underwent their own advanced...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Liberty Valance was more subtle than that. The whole point, in that post WWII movie, was that the age of violence was over. Men like Wayne's character had no place in modern society, though they played a critical role in...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    No sense of humor? What about the time Odin wanted to build a new palace and Loki came up with the funds by having Freya marry one of the giants? Freya wants no part of that deal, so Thor plays...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    There are all sorts of problems with world building for stories, even stories set on contemporary earth. Why sweat that stuff? Start with a good story that you want to tell. Space operas are just good old melodramatic, generally romantic...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    Studies of oral cultures show that story tellers use a variety of techniques to simplify recitation. For example, there are stylized refrains that allow them to stall for time while they recollect or recreate passages. Despite this, the stories are...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    Princess Monomoke came to mind immediately, but you can probably put a number of Miyazaki's other works into it e.g. Nausicaa, Castle in the Sky and even My Neighbor Totorro. A book that comes to mind is Downbelow Station. There...
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    When I saw Edward Page Mitchell on that list I thought you had made some kind of mistake. I remember reading his short story about a tachypomp in an 1860s issue of Scribner's. A tachypomp was a device for moving...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    1) Tanks are our modern cavalry. I am still fond of the Haunted Tank comic books from the 1960s, even if the ghost was that of the traitor JEB Stuart. 2) Radio transmission was a real power sink until the...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Zombies seem to have changed meaning a number of times over the years. I gather the original zombies were mindless slaves who had no humanity but their ability to work which makes sense given that Haiti, their country of origin,...
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    Going a bit off topic and addressing various books: Since no one else has mentioned it, there is Once an Eagle which is sort of a cult book among officers in the US. It is military fiction following an officer...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Fantasy has been around as a genre for as long as humans have told stories. Science started in Europe during the Renaissance and created our modern civilization. Science fiction grew with it. The name "California" first appeared in a 16th...
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