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  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    I'm not much for traditional fantasy. Perhaps that's because I've simply read poor examples of the genre. Of course, one likes what they like and that's (IMO) an unassailable position. Matter of taste and all. But some common things tend...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    So this is what happens when you find a stranger in the alps....
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    I had been reading Ken MacLeod when I found our host's name mentioned alongside his and thought, "more of this type of thing? EXCELLENT!" So I read the published collection of short stories, then Glasshouse, then Accelerando, and then everything...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    The only thing I could think of that would possibly meet the criteria are small figurines and environmental detail for diorama-style modeling. That is to say, I'm not very interested in model trains, but I have quite a collection of...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Re: Star Wars Trailer. This is an easy one, pardon my butting in. Now then (adjusts nerd goggles), Clone Troopers are used by the Empire in the Clone Wars. Storm Troopers (and arctic trooper, and scout troopers) are not clone...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Oh the heck with all this. If I want to know what you're writing I WILL READ IT AS IT COMES OUT. (And I do, so I will) What I really want to know is: How Spectacularly awesome are you?...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Wow, 100 comments already. Slow on the draw, I am. I think the reason this sort of thing is so common are twofold. If you get an author who is very interested in building a far flung future world, they...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Smedly Butler was approached by a cabal of bankers led by a politician named Prescott Bush. If you think Prescott Bush sounds like he could be George W's grandfather, that's because he is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Your 500 y/o oak analogy reminds me of sequoia trees, which are partially dependent on drought and fire to re-seed. Short view of random events indeed....
  • Commented on An age-old question
    I just turned 40. In my youth, I abused myself with hard work, hard play (drugs), and hard exercise (irrationally punishing martial arts). These days, I don't work as hard (switched from black market kitchen labor to accounting) but I...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    While I'm sad to hear our host will be eschewing science fiction completely (fanboy frown) his existing work in other genres makes me more than confident that he'll deliver quality fiction in vivid settings with clever characters and the characteristic...
  • Commented on Who let the dogs out
    I have a martial arts background myself, from very formalized, "flowery" expressionistic forms to getting beat up and thrown into citrus trees in my trainer's back yard. "Now what did you learn?" Of course, without foundational training, he would not...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Aww. I really don't care about watching sports at all. Even sports I enjoy playing (football, competitive martial arts) I just don't care to watch them. But banning them altogether? Is a bit harsh, no? I'd MOST CERTAINLY cap salaries...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Hiaasen is great. If you like him, try Tim Dorsey, who is a bit more zany madcap. If you've ever lived in or near Tampa (I have) try Triggerfish Twist. It is SUCH a Tampa novel. Hiaasen is a more...
  • Commented on Vacation
    bah. ellipses. *reasonably quiet body of water* And FL is riddled with them. Runoff reservoirs (common, necessary) will usually do the trick, but any park worth the name will usually boast at least one (body of water and alligator)....
  • Commented on Vacation
    I'm a bit late to the party, but I'm a former 30+ year Floridian. I'm a Colorado resident now. DO NOT underestimate how lousy it is with humidity there. FIFTY PERCENT is VERY LOW. Teenage athletes DIE in practice there....
  • Commented on A footnote about the publishing industry
    Is there that much eyeball competition from different media though? Purely anecdotally: I'm a gamer and so are most of my real world friends. However, I am a reader and none of them are. I'll usually spend a set time...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    I've been a fan of Charlie's for a bit now, and I've followed this blog for several months. I've never commented before because frankly, most of you are a bit over my head and there isn't much I can intelligently...
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