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Murcushio

  • Commented on Book day!
    The Laundry has been secret for so long — effectively for multiple centuries — that the need to go public is an Outside Context Problem for them. Yeah, that's been an obvious-but-understated problem with their whole CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN planning...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Well that was interesting. Usually in Laundry novels they win at the end. In this one they not only lost, they actually joined the other team. I didn't see that coming at all! It didn't even really occur to me...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    A time traveller with a bad memory for names would also have a hard time not tagging Hillary as republican. I'm sorry, but as a pretty die-hard Sandernista, please let me say that this just ain't true. Especially not to...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Ah, I'll have to go back and check that out; I had utterly and completely forgotten it! Thank you, sir....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Question that's Laundry-related but maybe not related to this specific book: has the "the personal memoirs of Bob Howard have had the names changed to preserve the anonymity of the author and his co-workers; his name is not, in fact,...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    The US Constitution is still in force a level of domestic surveillance equivalent to the GDR with internet access Charlie, I say this with the utmost respect, and you've clearly done a level of research on my own domestic institutions...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Also too, because I forgot: smuggling. With sky-high tariffs between the UK and the EU, that makes smuggling attractive. If there's an uncontrolled border between the two at any point, it means you can load up a lorry of... well,...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I didn't know most of that; I stand cheerfully corrected....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Where do you get this quaint idea that it would be the British state erecting boarder checkpoints and barricades between England and Scotland, or even along the Eire border? Because Brexit is based largely on keeping the foreigners out, and...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I'm wondering what this means for Northern Ireland and Scotland. A hard Brexit would seem to be a categorical violation of the Good Friday Accords, which guarantee NI access to the EU and certain concomitant services and institutions that come...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Where are the Alfâr going to live as refugees, & I presume they might come in handy as allies in a later book? Interesting thing that came to mind there; the Alfar have a non-trivial (One hundred? Two hundred? More?)...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    The cultural-cognitive familiarity thing also has me scratching my head a bit, given that you just last year (so two years ago for you, I suppose, given you finish these things a year before we get'em) wrote a sci-fi novel...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Did they all get bored with having sex for some reason? That, in fact, is explicitly the case with Tolkien elves. They literally do get bored with having sex after awhile. Well, not bored per se. But they lose the...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Alternatively: spaceships shelting from detection behind an asteroid This would seem to imply you put down James S.A Coreys Expanse series very, very early in the first book, which seems like it would be a damn shame. I've got a...
  • Commented on Cover reveal! The Nightmare Stacks
    Yeesh. That's pretty horrifying. I mean, I should have expected it, this is the Laundry, but still. I wonder where I got the idea it could be animal blood. I know that the PHANG's tried consuming that and it utterly...
  • Commented on Cover reveal! The Nightmare Stacks
    the cost of PHANG syndrome is high enough that most sane people who realize what they've become take a walk in the daylight immediately. ?? Am I completely and utterly misremembering The Rhesus Chart? Becuase I seem to recall that...
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    Awww, you keep answering my questions with "That thing you want? It's going to be a thing! In my next thing!" Charlie. Never let it be said you aren't a full service author....
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    I'm curious; why did you use the actual real-world political figures in the Merchant Princes books (for which I was immensely happy, because "this is just like America but the President is Mr. Madeup Waspyname" always really grinds my gears)...
  • Commented on An Apology
    Hurrah! You've made me very happy, Charlie. I will continue to give your publisher my cash moneys in exchange for your words. (It occurred to me about five seconds after I hit submit that I was very likely to become...
  • Commented on An Apology
    Well, the Merchant Princes stuff is all about the integration of the weird paratime powers some people have into a wider social context. And both Saturn's Children and Neptune's Brood are about how toxic social structures influence power dynamics. Our...
  • Commented on An Apology
    Oh, yay, a new Laundry novel and a new POV character. I mean, I knew they were coming and I knew it would be one of the vampires, but this is welcome. Since this thread is at least marginally related...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Charlie, any chance you could go into detail explaining these transnational federal arrangements you speak of? Because it seems to me there are some potentially insoluble dilemmas there. If the transnational federation has the power to dictate policy directly to...
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