Martin Schröder

Martin Schröder

  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Do you have any idea how much the current cost estimations for decommissioning power reactors are? Let me help you: More than the construction. And nobody has solved the long-term storage of nuclear waste yet....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    A big point was the demobilization of the Manhattan project was so swift the US had a lot of trouble making new bombs. Required reading: Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric...
  • Commented on Free ebooks! Get 'em while they're hot!
    I strongly recommend the Tor eBook of the Month Club: They give away free books every month (and started with The Three-Body Problem :). The usual advice: Use a unique e-mail address, if you can....
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    OMG. Small correction: There's no need for MlP to declare a state of emergency, as France is already in one. Oh, and what happens in Turkey and Israel?...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I'm awaiting your predictions for Germany in 2017. Currently it's possible (though unlikely) that CDUSPD don't get a majority of seats in the next Bundestag (since Gabriel seems to be committed to his Project 18)....
  • Commented on In other news ...
    Thanks. I LOLed. And can't wait till June. Will we ever get to know Bobs "real" (in a non-magical way) name?...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    I'm slightly confused by two different listings on Amazon Germany with very different prices, slightly different covers and divergent release dates. I've pre ordered the cheaper one. Is this "just" the usual difference between US and UK editions?...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Your's is a typical non-Amercian view. An American view would put Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand first. You can not understand the current Republicans without Any Rand....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    As a german I don't believe that the AfD will be a serious problem in this decade (and probably not in the next): The german political system is very resilient against new parties (see e.g. the Pirates) and right-wing parties...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Seriously: I thought of you and "Empire Games". And I wondered if you would change it. :-)...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    An entry of Scotland into the EU will need approval by Spain (it needs approval by all members. This will be difficult if the spanish government doesn't want an independent Catalonia. And France and Spain will think of the Basques....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Angela Merkel is not a good european stateswoman - she played with the idea of a Grexit, after all. And look at her statement from today - totally uninspired....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Where do you get that? Since the vote is not binding and final power resides with the parliament, notification can only be made after an act of parliament....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I wonder about the British expatiates living e.g. in France. Did the leave campaign expect them to come back?...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Nope. No EU citizenship for non-EU countries. I doubt that they are really separate....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    As usual, you are right. This day of stupidity will be remembered for a long time. :-( Points to note: The London housing bubble will burst very loudly very soon. Most of UK science is co-financed by the EU. This...
  • Commented on Gratuitous Self-Promotion
    PSA: Amazon.de sells both Kindle editions (Ace and Orbit) for 13.99€ vs. 11.99€. So unless you want to pay 2€ more for the kettenkrad cover......
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    What do you think Wales and Northern Ireland will do after a BREXIT? Can we then expect a WEXIT and an irish unification? And has the crown voiced anything, even very quietly? I'm sure they want to retain both their...
  • Commented on Excuses, excuses
    Since Charlie has a history as a programmer, I wouldn't be surprised if he could tell you some git tricks. :-) Seriously: He's not GRRM who uses computer archeologists for his setup....
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    Note that Germany will join France and send troops (not directly to Syria, but doing reconnaissance there) since Hollande basically called the banners and Merkel has no choice but to follow (unless she wants to bury the German/French relations and...
  • Commented on An Apology
    Can't wait to read the books. Seriously. But please tell me the german prices are not final: The Kindle eBook costs more than the hardcover! WTF?...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    No satellites also means no weather satellites, which will probably drive back weather forcasts to the 1960s. That could mean some problems with food production. Kessler syndrome was also the outcome of Gravity....
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    Of note for German readers: Amazon.de currently sells the first Merchant Princess Omnibus UK e-book for 1,04€. And the UK e-books of the other two Omnibusses are much cheaper than the US editions....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    How will you handle the diversion of time in the real world and the Laundryverse? At least TRC could have happened in real time (i.e. 2014), but then book 9 will happen in 2015/2016 but appear in 2018 (and if...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: now with added gaming content!
    Since Tor is starting a german branch, might future german translations of your books be published there?...
  • Commented on A major ebook announcement
    Bollocks. This needs more tentacles....
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    While Peter Watts won't be attending, please discuss his Blindpraxia at the Vampire panel....
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    The wonders of globalisation: In Germany the UK edition comes out on 2015-07-02 and costs 11.99€. The US edition comes out on 2015-07-07 and costs 12.99€. %-}...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Small typo: The airship was called Hindenburg, not the Hindenberg....
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Please remember: Charles is not your bitch....
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