Hugh Fisher

Hugh Fisher

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Why isn't the Ku Klux Klan (a) illegal and (b) featuring prominently on every official list of terrorist organisations? Also remember that at the start of the US presidential campaign the KKK membership was in single-digit thousands, a handful of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Martin089 wrote exceptional violence should not be throwaway plot point that's forgotten in the next act My take is that Alex convinced Cassie now All Highest to surrender and claim refugee status as a better alternative to being wiped out....
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Yes, only two ready to scramble fighters for the east coast. It's America, not Britain or France. There's the entire Atlantic between them and any likely enemies. (Unless you think the USA in 2001 was terrified of Canada and Mexico.)...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    How much time do women get for self development in these hunter gatherer societies with no contraception (Rhythm method? Hah!), no abortion, and no child care? Or someone born with spina bifida? I'll take civilisation thanks....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    OK, we've got examples from recent and not so recent books, tabletop roleplaying games, and computer games. Maybe not so taboo a subject after all?...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    On the assumption that authors usually write what they like to read, I recommend some CJ Cherryh's Alliance/Union books. (Background: Alliance/Union is her setting for a wide range of stories, including two Hugo winning novels. But as a professional author...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Steel sailing ships ought to work. The primary limitation on size of historical sailing ships was the strength of wooden hulls. If a ship gets lifted at bow and stern by waves, the centre is an unsupported beam - think...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Throwing around Nazi references isn't going to help. The country holding the election is France, not Germany. Right wing authoritarians in France remind the population every chance they get that the 1940 Nazi invasion succeeded because of the ineffective centre/left...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Nojay wrote: The Atari ST came with 256kb of RAM I thought they shipped from the start with 512K? Either way, when your minimum system configuration has at least twice as much RAM, it's easy to do better. And someone...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Pigeon wrote And one of the many horrible things about the original 68000 Mac with the built-in screen was that the official language for programming it was Pascal with a truckload of bits bolted on the side so you could...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The end game is when AI takes off and inhabits this horribly insecure Internet of Things. (Yeah yeah AI won't happen. I'm speculating here.) At that point we get the post-Utopian world of Michael Swanwick's Darger and Surplus stories, where...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    SFReader wrote:Okay - any more examples of more contemporary SF please because Robinson's Mars series (the most recent in this list) dates back to 1999. Two examples from Hollywood rather than the written world: Her from 2013 and The Martian...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Heteromeles wrote You mean, Red Mars, where the novel ended with them blowing Phobos off the end of the beanstalk during a war and wrapping said beanstalk around the planet twice? Where Green Mars is about a guerilla war ending...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Heteromeles wrote: Why does SF attempt to satisfy the very human desire for peaceful ends to violence with unworkable technological solutions like stun-rays, rather than with the very real and very effective plethora of strikes, boycotts, and other denials of...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Martin089 wrote: Can those of youbashing identity politics please explain what exacly you mean? To be fair, there are progressives who believe that a change of strategy is possible without abandoning identity politics. I recommend Fredrik de Boer to those...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    heckblazer wrote: "Intersectional identity politics" is another way of saying "bringing people together to fight for civil rights" (intersectionality is just a fancy way of noting that people who hate gays also tend to hate blacks and unions) Intersectionality (I...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    John Hughes wrote: people who think that "Internet Social Justice Warriors" and "disastrous identity politics and intersectionalism" are the problems we face. Not going to say how Charlie feels, or should. I'm not ignoring Trump, climate change, etc as problems...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    A progressive opposition that isn't fixated on disastrous identity politics and intersectionalism would go a long way to bringing about a rational and humane response. I view Brexit and Trump as being like giant icebergs falling into the Antarctic ocean:...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Greg, your complaints about the resident Vogon (I prefer that title) are completely ineffective. Ignore, add a filter to your browser, whatever - please just stop....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Andy and JamesPadraicR, OK you've established that you're not just making flip remarks and you've given this serious thought. I'll try to do the same. Are you prepared to use violence against women? They're going to be out in the...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    JamesPadraicR wrote: I'm with Woody Allen, Bricks and Baseball bats are the way to deal with them. What do you think happens to women and minorities when it is considered acceptable to use bricks and baseball bats on political opponents?...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    As far as I can tell, in this entire trilogy until December nothing bad at all happens to Australia and New Zealand. That's gotta be some sort of discrimination. Don't your loyal fans in the southern hemisphere deserve worse treatment?...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Please remember that Flettner ships are not wind-powered, they run off engines burning fuel just like other steam/diesel/nuclear powered ships. Back in the 1930s some German engineers tested Flettner vs conventional screw drive and found that the screw drives were...
  • Commented on A reminder
    We'd do even better by concentrating on something else other than racism. In 2016 we've had the Brexit and Trump campaigns on both sides of the Atlantic. On both sides, the dominant campaign tactic for progressives - not the only...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Guess I failed at sarcasm. When I wrote that British progressives were responsible for Brexit and US progressives for electing Trump, I meant that they'd chosen idealogies and methods that were ineffective. Politics is about persuading people to your point...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    We the people who think that the Age of Enlightenment, the end of monarchism, and the evolution of Liberalism are good things (and yes that does include me) can start by admitting that maybe we're Doing It Wrong. Post...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    The OP and discussion has now convinced me that we should bring back non-judicial duelling. It may be a bloody stupid idea, but that's not enough to make something illegal. In Western societies we tolerate a range of dangerous activities...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I'm going to be mildly contrary and say that while duelling is a bloody stupid idea for us, it was not always so. We think it's stupid because we have better ways to resolve disputes, namely legal systems that are...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Before Brexit this very blog had a post and comments bemoaning the apparent impossibility of disrupting the economic/political system in Britain. An opportunity to change the way things are came along with the Brexit vote. No guns or bloodshed required....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    ...it became apparent that the Nasty Party has decisively swung away from representing the interests of the business community... ...and so a rather large chunk of the financial services industry will go down in flames... A year ago it seemed...
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