Ryan

Ryan

  • Commented on Book day!
    Bought and finished in a day. Given the ending it's going to be an agonising wait until the next instalment. One thing... Aw der gal amedn aset Who is he? The Pharoh is here...hmm....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Looking forward to another Laundryverse novel. I'm re-reading Nightmare Stacks in preparation and one question comes to mind; is it anything more than a bizarre coincidence that an Alfar skeleton is found and studied by Laundry affiliated scientists just months...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: April Daniels
    I really enjoyed Dreadnaught :) Danny was a great character and the subtle worldbuilding of a modern world with super powers was great compared to many other superhero settings. Looking forward to Sovereign!...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    If we see the development of automated video editing software sufficient to alter lip movements then combined with voice translation we may see a flood of media from non-anglophone countries worldwide. Currently TV, film and new media like twitch/YouTube are...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Charlie didn't invent the term Carbon bubble. The concept has been around for a few years and big players from Citigroup to the Bank of England have given estimations of how overvalued the fossil fuel industry is (and how much...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    IIRC the thinking behind the carbon bubble is that fossil fuel companies (and the industry as a whole) are often valued on the assumption that all of the fossil fuels they have access too will be pulled out of the...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Just finished the book...how long until the next one? The tension really ramped up in the last 50 pages or so. I was hoping we'd find out more about the NACs government organisation, it wasn't entirely clear what is supposed...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Looking forward to Empire games, I re-read the earlier books last summer so they're still quite fresh in my mind. Will you be doing a signing at all in London? Forbidden planet is conveniently close to work for all my...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    (Self driving cars will be dead in the water the first time a terrorist uses one as a fertiliser bomb carrying cruise missile.) No technology has to be 100% safe before it's implemented. Terrorists already have more than enough tools...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    Agreed that the unplugged mentality is little more than moral panic. It's frustrating to hear people decry the amount of time kids spend staring at screens as though all they're doing is literally staring. My younger cousins have enjoyed most...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Small microgravity research stations perhaps? Along the lines of a single module space station, packed with equipment and a robonaut. Might be affordable by the wealthiest of universities or companies....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Personally I'd just be ecstatic if, within my life time, a seriously large telescope array was built in orbit of the sun. The mind of thing that, after enough time, could give you a crude Google exoplanet. Combine that with...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Another clue is that Paris Hilton is very briefly mentioned as having died in a car crash....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    If it helps this is how I imagine it: http://imgur.com/4wF6P06 Each square in the grid is a universe, each number is a direction a knot can take you. The in-universe description seems different, but this one seems to make sense...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    I finished my signed copy too but perhaps that question is a bit of a spoiler given that this is a launch announcement? Hopefully we'll get a spoiler post soon....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Just finished The Nightmare Stacks in a fevered day of trying to avoid social media, news and gut wrenching dread. Very much enjoyed it, how wrong is it to look at the Laundryverse Britain and feel like it would have...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Sure but it's not just the references so much as the public seemed to base their response to the super-power situation on an old-fashioned idea of superheros (get lycra, get silly name, get out there and fight crime). I got...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    I really liked Mo as a character, more than anything it introduced the idea of the invisible middle-aged woman which I had never considered before. Having said that TAS still didn't sit well with me. I was a bit put...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    It's been observed that products like contact lenses are sufficiently valuable per gram that they'd be worth shipping from space Have you got a source for that? Because on the face of it it sounds absurd that an orbital contact...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Codename: RIFT OF OCULUS (ROO) Classification: Counter-Glamour/LTK weapon Deployment: Geases, glamours and the growing prevalence of the "superpowered" represent a significant threat to the security of HM government and services. Of particular concern is the possibility of infiltration and corruption...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I write for two reasons: a) Wheelbarrows full of cash b) To spread the memes that keep taking root in my head Out of interest if money wasn't a consideration (because of lottery win/basic income/runaway franchise success ala ASOIAF) would...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Are the details (date, time etc) worked out already or will you be posting that sort of thing closer to the time?...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Is there a horrific use of the trollbot I've not thought of? Undercover policing/community analysis. Tay was an explosively public bot that adapted to the tweets she read/directed at her (I believe). The obvious result is that Tay became a...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    I'm no AI researcher so take this with a pinch of salt but it occurs to me that even if you could program drives into a parental AI you can never be 100% certain it's behaviour will match your intentions....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    It would be impossible to make another in any reasonable time (what with quantum entangling the bits, sending one set on a multicentury, sub-lightspeed interstellar trip, and hoping the entire thing isn't ruined by a relativistic pebble or a...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    This isn't exclusively space opera but: - Interstellar colony missions are launched because climate change/resource depletion made earth uncool to live on. Never mind how a totally collapsing world could afford it why would they choose such a bad ROI?...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    A few extras (unless others have mentioned them): - The Government of the galactic/terran/alien empire/federation/alliance will have a senate that can totally fit all the senators from a thousand worlds and not suffer from a) too many citizens per senator...
  • Commented on The Rules of Magic
    Completely agreed. I've recently been trying to get into the Riftwar Saga (three of them at least are very good). I nearly threw the last book out for how many super convinient, out-of-nowhere magic abilities were introduced. It would be...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    My mind is stuck on the question: to what extent can tools (and other systems) be constructed so that they demonstrate themselves? Loosing knowledge and knowledge retention are obviously a problem in this world. If your carpenters, weavers, blacksmiths etcetera...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Oh I'm fully aware of how royalty and the upper class would get away with things. My comment probably wasn't that well worded (I'll blame it on the late hour). My gripe was that the author painted these things as...
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