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  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    You could argue that most of Neal Stephenson's work is just exposition and info dumps, but I (and presumably many others) love it. He does seem to do a good job of integrating (eg) a three page diversion on orbital...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I'm not sure if this is the/a default fit, but this page has a QRA Typhoon armed with "4xASRAAM, 4XAMRAAM and 2x1000 litre drop tank" I was surprised by Quarry house showing up. Back when I was the same age...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Being pedantic, GRRM did the Red Wedding in 2001 in "A Storm of Swords", not 2016....
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Oddly that cover reminds me of GTA, although when I check, none of the GTA games had an overhead view like that on the box (the cover of GTA2 is close though)....
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    @4 Buying loud or obnoxious toys for your nieces and nephews is one of the privileges of being an aunt or uncle. You get to amuse the small person, whilst pissing off your sibling at the same time :) The...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    To a large extent, brexit* was about immigration, the trouble is, there's no easy way to reduce the number of people who want to come to the UK. You only have to look at Calais to see that even with...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    I believe it was Kieron Gillen who opened this can of worms the other day, which is interesting because although he doesn't open "The Wicked and the Divine" with a flash forward, he does set up the end of the...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    After falling down a wikihole, I have discovered that "G4S Gurkha Services" is a real thing. So, if not the army, perhaps "G4S Morningstar" is in Cassie's future?...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    "my UK editor doesn't believe UK peeps will know that, for example, CVS is the name of a high street pharmacy chain in the US" That's fair enough, I like to think I could have guessed it from the context,...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    (Correction, according to this we probably have about the same number of bacteria as human cells. To within the nearest billion or so anyway)...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    The whole #boycottstarwars furore does look very much like a 4chan joke that actually worked and took on a life of it's own. I'd be surprised if the number of people in the whole world who would actually not go...
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    Theresa May is clearly just the producers bringing back a villain in the Margaret Thatcher role but making her even more over-the-top evil. As if real voters would elect her! And what about Trump? As if anyone that cartoon-like would...
  • Commented on Reminders
    I had it in my head that TAS was released today. I was pretty annoyed last night when I realised I'd have to wait a week :( (going for a second read of Seveneves instead)...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Most of the votes that the Lib Dems lost here went to the Greens, I wouldn't be surprised if that's happened elsewhere as well....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    72% turnout here in Bristol West, that's something to be proud of I guess. Everything else is making me a bit depressed, well, until the results for Thanet South get announced......
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Hmm, to my mind lumping all of England together (eg "England is fantastically xenophobic this decade") is about as fair as lumping all of Britain together in the same way. Here in a large city in the south west I've...
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    The US cover is a lot better than some of your older ones (*cof* Saturn's Children *cof*). Shame us ebook readers don't really get to see it. (On a vaguely related note, there was some research recently into why the...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Don't forget, even if this was implemented (if such a thing were possible), it still wouldn't stop terrorists from communicating secretly. Even ignoring the idea of just downloading encryption software from somewhere else, all terrorists need to do is talk...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I can't think of an informed answer, so instead I present information; the projected British population over the next few decades. (from here) So, 2034, population 72M, skewing older....
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    I'm just wondering where Thatcher would have ended up. Head of the STASI? Or just highly placed in the Politburo? I guess all of the companies that became BAe would have still existed as design bureaus, creating aircraft for the...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    There's surprisingly little talk about cats....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Going against this trend, William Gibson's new book is supposed to be set further in the future than any of his previous books. He's never walked the same path as the rest of SF though. Digression, are the Bigend trilogy...
  • Commented on The morning after
    "Then they have to go out and act in the way you object to, not because they want to, but because we've established through long, hard-fought years of campaigning, that this is what the UK voters will vote for" If...
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