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  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    What doesn't happen is Clinton going after Iran: she was part of the team that brokered the deal. Nope. Clinton brought about the sanctions against them. To the extent that lifting those sanctions was part of the deal and was...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    (Historically, until about 250 years ago, this was generally true: before the industrial revolution economic growth either didn't happen, or tended to accrue at fractional-percentage rates that were gobbled up by population surplus. So our folk memory intuitive "common sense"...
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    Which book is the Sharpe info dump example in? I want to read it and see, but I do not have time to plow through 24 books for a small scene...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Question for the Charlie Has the subplot with Spooky been cut in the various reshuffles and rewrites (ala the marriage counselor scenes), or is that still to come?...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Read it. My conclusion is Mo is pregnant, she survived because little Bob/Mo is powerful occult entity, even as a zygote. Be absolute Hell when he/she/it is 18 mo old. there is a quick bit about civilizations becoming superorganisms that...
  • Commented on Book day!
    The Black Pharaoh defeated the Sleeper; what's left in that physical husk is just Ray Schiller with minimal extras. In time they'd grow back, but don't underestimate Mhari. Wait, just destroyed his appendage into our realm, or hit the Sleeper...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Bob's complete mangling of the role, capabilities, and branch names of the Navy/Marines is distressing. Even if you want to make the argument that amphibious assault ships are aircraft carriers, they still belong to and are operated by the Navy,...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    >But the key thing a lot of foreigners don't get is that "sectarian" identity is defined in terms of religion (presbyterian/catholic), but it's actually tribal allegiance: it's almost a caste system in the north (I have been assured that Jews...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Me: Politicians are not your friends, it is their job to get you to like them. They are nothing but vessels for policies and should be discarded as soon as they falter in that regard. Also Me: You keep Jezza's...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    though the symbolism of the opening in #264 indicates that isn't the case in the Laundry. Death of the ravens is supposed to coincide with the death of the country...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Ok I know we haven't crossed the "300 comments, anything goes" threshold yet but I gotta ask what the fuck is going on with Scottish politics right now. How are you guys being the ones keeping May in power. 6...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    >how did the Alfar not turn into the equivalent of H Beam Piper's Level One Paratime Civilization? Whole lot of time for other species to beat them there, relegating the Alfar to the equivalent of rats in the walls. Sure...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Question for the host: Considering the genre (riffing on mil-SF) and series (Rhesus Chart, Apocalypse Codex), the ending is positively subdued. And it was building towards a large desperate crescendo of wide scale conflict after all containment efforts had failed....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    There is also the fact that Pinker embeds a lot of complete bullshit "racial science" in his "humans are breeding for domestication" hypothesis. The tangent about Chinese having a stable civilization longer leading towards being further ahead on domestication and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    what's that quote about smart clever and subtle still having their intricate plans wrecked by a dull knife thrust between their shoulder blades? At the end of the day it all really comes down to power at a point. Intelligence...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    One way to do that (and also convey alienness) that other writers have used is have the intelligent/alien/both character draw out expository/action directing information from odd sources, typically ones that would be considered "information adjacent" in a sense. Essentially accurately...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Folks, this is good...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Since it doesn't look like anyone has mentioned it, 1st chapter of Delirium Brief is up at I09 http://io9.gizmodo.com/read-the-entire-first-chapter-of-charles-stross-new-lau-1795171364 went up 2 days ago in fact...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Looking forward to the LibDems joining with the Tories to make as big a pile of shit of things as possible...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Cynic that I am, I think Exterminism is the future. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2011/12/four-futures/ Fun fact, that section cites the Old High One here Anyway, the issue isn't going to be so much resource scarcity, as it will be the loss of power...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Nah, Greg is completely right. You can get really good commentary and insightful, informed discussion here... right until the crackpot turns up. Then it always turns into stream of insane babble and people pushing back against the idiocy....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    I did read Empire Games on US release day and quite enjoyed it btw. You were correct about it not being as paranoia inducing as I feared. Looking forward to the next...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    you might want to ask yourself just what function Kurt (and his background) serves in the context of time line two, or what aspects of circa-2020 US culture Rita's ethnicity and sexuality shine a spotlight on ... and how these...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I bought it, but I'm honestly not sure I should read it. Doctorow's super surveillance thrillers really set my paranoia on edge, I suspect this will do the same, and do so right as a really nasty threat comes to...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    The only problem is that it may not be nasty enough, This is absolutely the case. The US House voted to undue Chevron Deference last week. That makes the line in Empire Games preview about the GOP looking to address...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    And man, 2016 keeps ramping up the future horrors with a turkish policeman assassinating the russian ambassador....
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Yes: the time line of the USA in the original MP series diverged from our own no later (and possibly earlier) than 1990. 1987, surely. One of them mentions Justice Bork on the SCOTUS....
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Post Annihilation Score I think it is pretty clear that a happy ending for agent HOWARD means getting away from agent CANDID. The opening chapter alone is pretty clear how deep the problems are, and between CANDID's actions and her...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Do you know why Empire Games was delayed until after the holidays? Seems like skipping the Christmas shopping season is giving up sales unnecessarily....
  • Commented on The Day After
    Global demographics are changing and we're seeing the first big migrations triggered by climate change. The aging, shrinking demographic of angry white racists in the USA were energized by Trump, and the fear of losing their locked-in privilege. By exit...
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