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  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Ok. I was sort of surprised that Matt? the DEA agent, was unable to do anything, and has vanished. On the other hand, a lot of people are aware of how many people died in 'Nam. And I could see,...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Ah! Thanks... and I'm most of the way through Dark State, so I'll be picking up the ebook (sigh, no book shelf space for paper) in the next few days....
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    Oh, or using a few simple questions - could everybody in the world of the Gruinmarket world-walk? If not, haw many of them were there? How many innocents were killed.... and handing that to the conspiracy theorists to spread all...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    You seem to have misunderstood what I was saying: in dialog, no character from the Clan has ever brought up what was probably 10-20 million non-world-walkers killed directly or indirectly through nuclear winter in the Gruinmarket world. No one seems...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Charlie, I'm about 2/3rds of the way through Dark State, almost ready to buy the new one. One thing bothers me: no one has said *anything* about what the US did to, let's see, Gruinmarket was about 6M people, and...
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    Charlie: I've been rereading the entire Clan series since I got Bloodline early last week, and I'm on Dark State... and one thing's hit me: I *thought* Kurt and Rita's adoptive parents were in Phoenix... but Kurt's at Greta's grave...
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    Most pictures I see of kitchens and bathrooms are in million-dollar houses, if they were built post-WWII. I've had little more than Pullman kitchens since I left Philly (lived back then in late Victorian....)...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Seriously cool. And I'm with Gret - if that's not the origin of Sodom/Gomorrah, I'll eat raw cauiflower....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Filters... *inside* the washer? I've never seen that, and I have taken at least two apart to replace a broken belt. In the US, we buy wire mesh bags (if you're not directly piped into the washer) to catch lint....
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    The descriptions of your washing machines are... really strange to me. I'd love to get a front-lader, but they're twice the price of a top-loader, and ours, which is well over 10 years old, works (I did have to replace...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    We only buy "fragrance free", from washing detergent to cat litter....
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    Philly had Lit Bros, and Gimbals - we *may* have been the home store - and the upscale Wannamakers, right across from City Hall. I used to buy clothes and shoes at Sears and Penney's....
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    Dunno 'bout cold water - I use hot - but I read back in the... seventies? that with modern washers, you really didn't need all the detergent they recommend. I always use less (2/3?). And I *still* do a second...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Damn, he died that young. And it was close for me - an aunt gave me to Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, too. But I had a train set, then found sf.......
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Worldcons: speaking as a member of BWAWA (the organization running the Discon III), and as an "ambassador" for Chicon, I'd love to see you at either/both....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I can't resist. "I am a Nigerian bureaucrat, and need to have some semen extracted and sent out of my country...."...
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    Every ER has triage nurses. It's whether they skip the line or not, and I assume, yes, they do say yes or no. Back in '79-83, I had a friend who not only worked triage at Jerrerson Univ in Philly...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Did your dad ever say anything about the plans publised in Evergreen? Ramparts? or was it the Atlantic? Somewhere like that, around 1979, in an article about a high school student's science project, based on declassified documents, that the DoE...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Please note, in all this discussion, a LOT of government employees anb contractors in the DC area are civilian sector. For example, the Pentagon has 30k people... and the NIH has over 20k, just by itself. Clearances... there are a...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I should add that when I finally got her full version together, back in late '15, it was saleable... in the nineties. Far too short to sell now, and I've written about 40% of it (and no one's been able...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I agree. In Diplomacy (tm), defender, if they defend, always wins....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Um... my late wife was distantly related, and our son has that last name... (and I'm trying to get a publisher to buy the first book in the universe I worked with her to write, which is why I'm writing...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    True... but rotation/r&r is a lot cheaper on earth than to and from offplanet....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Disagree. 1. All eggs in one basket. 2. Can do stuff out there - say, on the Moon, cleaner and cheaper... get some heavy industry *off* planet. 3. Happy to reduce the scope of the problem: send me up!...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Who would *not* ground an outlet? Decades ago, they seem to have "grounded" by baring the grounding wire, and clamping it into the metal box. Now? I have mentioned that the former owner of this house raved about his handyman,...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    And then there are the contractors. About 20 years ago, some friends had a house built. They asked the contractor to put in conduit and pull Cat-5, and the guy said, "huh? no". But they did get him to put...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Strikes me that hospitals should keep at least 10% of the ICU beds reserved for *non*COVID patients. And of the COVID patients that do get one, vaccinated get priority over non-vaccinated....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "Make life in the Phillipines hell"? You mean, beyond the US bases, and their current President, and COVID?...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Actually, my first response is, "what is the population of humans alive?"...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    In my novel, the first aliens you see, the ones we have known (in the story) for thousands of years are more-or-less human sized tardigrades, who think of the oceans of Titan as we do of Bali. And they're non-aggressive......
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