Neil W

Neil W

  • Commented on The Pivot
    sleepingroutine @204 They did not come to their new land with intend to clean it from "barbarians" or "foreigners" and claim it for themselves, but rather to live in peace, protect it from danger and bring up to civilization. Even...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Fundamentally Trump does not care what the Saudis do to Qatar. Unconditional backing of the Saudis is hardly a depature for American foreign policy. So the most likely scenario is that the Saudis pushed against Qatar, Trump fell into line...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Edmund Dantes at one point substitutes a message into the French (sempahore) telegraph system, knowing that there is a regular leak of official government messages (via a mid-level functionary to his mistress to her husband, a financier) which allows them...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    (We leave in the lesbian elopement and the enormous amounts of hashish from the original Count of Monte Cristo)...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Okay, so our protagonist spends several years in the cell next to Nakamoto. It's either secret CIA black site with no electronics that they keep the world's most dangerous hackers (action movie style), Guantanomo Bay (topical! The most infamous prison...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Whoever can draw forth Bitcoin Zero from the wallet is the rightful king/queen/monarch of England....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Satoshi Nakamoto is a refugee from an all consuming alien empire. Bitcoin is intended to stimulate 1. production of advanced graphics chips to facilitate the uploading of human intelligences to kickstart the creation of an inexplicable super-waepon; 2. an increase...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Maybe they should wait a few months/years/arbitarily longer untilyou can get robot tow trucks to take them away so that no human being need be involved at all. Pretty sure I saw one of these being used as a dead...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Disappointed that my plan to make money from the crash of Bitcoin with a cryptocurrency called DeadCatCoin has been pre-empted by the somewhat cuter CryptoKitties....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    War criminal drinks poison in court declares, "I'm drinking poison", isn't top 5 implausible. Satire is impossible, farce is current affairs, morbid surrealism barely makes an impact any more. We're running out of genres. Soon straight forward action adventure heroism...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Bad news for my friend who invested about 200 quid a few months ago. (Being able to afford it, and admitting it was a high risk, speculative investment. Which is true! Just higher risk than is generally advertised.)...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Blockchains are an excellent solution to a very specific set of problems and 99% of the people talking about them would do better to implement a less data-and-energy intensive process. For Example: There was recently some terrible bit of news...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Oh, it's gone. Well the devil needed a better advocate anyway....
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    There's an insight here that I think you're in danger of losing by using the pithy and provocative "plot is character" and "exposition is plot"*. If character means anything distinct, then what you're sort of saying is that character is...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Check if your surname originates from the Scottish- English border. Sigh. Paternal Grandmother from Alnwick. Clearly horse theft is in my blood. My brother is allergic to horses, while I have not stolen any thanks to sheer willpower....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    My Dad's great-uncle was a corporal in Allenby's headquarters*, and one of the few members of my family serving in WW1 who managed not to be punished for misusing army horses. It's a recurring theme; they're always borrowing the company...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    If Greg doesn't like Times New Roman 11pt, then good for him. One advantage of an ebook is that you can change the font to suit yourself. I had reasons for my choice*. I've read some of Rusch's posts which...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    General Allenby twice broke the Turkish lines and followed up with cavalry exploitation by the Desert Mounted Corps during the First World War*. Although they did occasionally skirmish mounted, especially during their pursuit of the Turkish forces, in general they...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Well the easy answers: Book designed in Microsoft Office Word 2007 Cover in gimp Wordcount: just over 100,000 words (the file including title, copyright page etc. says it's 101,798) Font: 11pt Times New Roman Line Spacing is 1.15. Paragraph Indent...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Neil, sorry, but when was the last time you were a brand new writer with a finished book and you've just started the multi year process of trying to get Trad published. Have you seen the latest "first contract" as...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    The other thing to remember is, that if you can some how make a deal with Trad Publishing today, you lose total control of your book, for life plus 70 years, all for a few bucks, and the glory of...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    "I have a series of simple edits here, which I will resolve be rewriting the entire book, because then my editor will be more impressed with me." I apologise for being THAT GUY but having a tiny mistake in this...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    As an aside, people I know who are into Robert Anton Wilson enjoyed this play about him, on in London until the end of the week. I haven't seen it. Here's some of the background....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Look guys we aren't going to get a better gnomic weirdo conspiracy theorist who makes more sense than we expect unless we make our own. If you want to join the dots between the strange, the hidden and the normal,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Any sufficently advanced satire etc....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Couple of possible sub-plots: - Orcish teenagers forming their own groups and wandering the countryside playing bad versions of the PCs songs. - Elder Orcs blaming the music for everything wrong with modern orckind* - Another group of bards to...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Trump: Cthulhu, strong leader, great guy, admire him a lot. Official Statement: The Donald J Trump campaign had no contact whatsoever with any Elder God and has no plans to visit the lost city of R'leyh, the planet Yuggoth, or...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Well I was going to say someone knows how to get him in front of a microphone and stick pretty close to the script when he really needs to (I assume one makes sure he sleeps/eats/goes to the toilet/takes medication...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Wait a minute. Looking at the original letter again I recognise the name of the editorial director. He is an expert in electrical engineering, information technology and communications. In other words he knows perfectly well how plausible or otherwise Charlie's...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Unlikely is the word. The "transition" is going to be at least a generation. Still, if a final peaceful resolution is unthinkable then we're sort of left with the current slightly unstable and uncomfortable situation with hideous war the most...
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