R J Eden

R J Eden

  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Apropos of the last point I remember an author (spoiler: it was probably Lawrence Miles) opining about how modern animation movies take things that should be magical and make them into jobs: toys, monsters, superheroes, even emotions, all structured like...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    I'm thinking it's probably impossible to get from to a technological society from scratch without writing. Removing the "from scratch" requirement creates some interesting possibilities, though - imagine a pre-technological society uplifted to have eidetic memories and the aforementioned wax...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Here's the pitch: The stars come right, and the usual apocalyptic things occur (rivers turn to blood, squamous and rugose come back into regular usage, dogs and cats living together), culminating in vast unknowable cthonic gods appearing in the sky......
  • Commented on The referendum question
    I agree (well, maybe not with the California thing, which always seemed like Lex Luthor's plan from the first Superman movie - how come nobody ever wants to break up Texas?). I like the idea of smaller states to improve...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Well, yeah - Ferguson, Missouri is an example of how local governments in the US are not like that anymore. OTOH, it's also evidence for the proposition that smaller failed states cause smaller problems for people outside of them....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    I can see the argument, but... as a brown-skinned American the idea that individual American states wield more power is kind of terrifying, since the Federal government is basically the only thing keeping many of them from going full Jefferson...
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