Nick Barlow

Nick Barlow

  • Commented on Playtime is over
    The interesting point on WW2 and the referendum is that some of the polling showed that the trend for the older you were, the more likely you were to support Leave broke down once it reached 75-80 year olds and...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I think you're broadly right, but I think the important (and scary) factor of the 'de facto fascist international' is that it's not based on active co-operation. There's been no secret summit where Putin, Trump, Le Pen etc have all...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    Not sure if it's a typo or a feature of the Laundryverse, but isn't MI5 under the control of the Home Secretary, rather than the Foreign Secretary? I would assume that any briefing from the Laundry would involve a geas...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    One thing that gets me is near future SF that requires vast changes to be happening now for the setting to make any sense. For instance, your teenage protagonist in a story set in 2030 is alive or in users...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    IIRC, they travel at near c, so the transition from one destination to the next is virtually instantaneous from the point of view of the passengers. From what I recall, this means the FTL ships are moving from one atmosphere...
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    Really confused by what's happened with the humans in space arc. There were those classic episodes from 1961-69 (how no one on set noticed that fluffed line at the climax will always baffle me...) and then just about nothing for...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    I imagine there'll be something on the lines of the rise and fall and rise of empires, perhaps with a diversion into the curious period of a century or two when many parts of the world experimented with a curious...
  • Commented on Leading question
    The optimist: all power to the people, because everyone will be willing to spend a couple of hours a day (a small price to pay for universal basic income) weighing in on the issues of the day, or choosing someone...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    And we haven't even got to the 70s security services starting rumours of satanism within the IRA to try and counter their support. I can imagine the fallout from that involving someone from MI5 being called in for a Talk...
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