HowardBrazee

HowardBrazee

  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I don't make predictions about the future very often, preferring to make my predictions about the past or present....
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    We know that a century in the future, novelists will write about medicine of our day, making sure to mention stuff which we think of as normal and which future readers will think of the same way as we think...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    It's interesting that the complaints that made it illegal were that that kind of dueling was common with the upper class. They couldn't afford to loose officer material or nobility. When lower class people killed themselves, that wasn't considered dueling,...
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances: Washington DC and Baltimore
    I wish I could go to those conferences. Going to an aside - when I think of flying into D.C. or Baltimore, I think of the movie Die Hard 2, which has a plot based upon the premise that D.C....
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    There are a couple of issues that are caused by our technology in a different way that are changing our future. 1. The Internet makes it much, much easier for all sorts of extremists to find soul mates to make...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    The movie "Moon" not only was mining for He3, but it had an extremely expensive conspiracy to do so. Apparently because they were bad guys who obviously were willing to give up lots of profits in order to be evil....
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Sturgeon's Law has a 10% of not-crud. And this 10% is much, much larger than it was back when I knew most all TV shows and most all of the SF in the book stores. There is so much more...
  • Commented on They Took Our Myths
    Personally, I never got into Lovecraft. Cthulhu seemed silly to me (maybe not zombie silly, but much sillier than vampires). The best thing Lovecraft ever did was create a background for Stross's Howard. On the other hand, I *did* appreciate...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    I like fine dining. But not for every meal and snack in every situation....
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    There are definitions to be resolved here. When my side bombs the other side, it is legitimate warfare, and needs to be glorified. When the other side defends itself, that is terrorism, and has to be condemned....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    I'm an USAmerican who doesn't like the two Big Business parties we have here. But I'm scared about what could happen with more parties thinking of how the minority Nazis got in power in Germany. Could a minority party take...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Maybe the sexiness is older than movies. But the audience was much smaller then. I don't think _Nosferatu_ showed a sexy vampire. I think it was the choice of actors that created the modern sexy stereotype....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    The first big question is - when only a small percentage of people are needed as labor for the vast majority of production - how will our economy work?. The second big question is - how do we get from...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    There is one thing that would be worth letting the government know everything I do. And that is to let the government's nominal bosses - the people - know whatever it does....
  • Commented on An age-old question
    I agree that I am not the same person I was when I was born or when I was a child or when I was a young adult. People recognize that, but studies show that we have a hard time...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Look at the history of science fiction. Where backyard spaceships (rocket powered), happy housewives, and US/USSR rivalries were common. Smart cars were cars with robot chauffeurs. And they missed the iPhone entirely....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Not only do we see old SF predicting our current universe to be wildly wrong, it is not obvious that we could get retro-fit our current universe into SF of my youth and make good stories. When I was a...
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