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  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    'Total world wealth is estimated to be in the region of 250 trillion. Claiming that a full quarter of all wealth is just fossile fuel infrastructure seems fishy unless you are misleadingly permissive with what you'll consider part of "infrastructure...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    "And here's the problem in a nutshell: because (a) "roving cannibals from the cities" is unavoidably and blatantly racist in a US cultural context (hint: white suburban flight), and (b) in general, in disasters, almost everybody pulls together: see for...
  • Commented on Free ebooks! Get 'em while they're hot!
    I bought the paperbacks back when, but was traveling when I decided to buy the omnibus ebook versions and re-read before starting the new series. So I literally just bought this. Oh, well, more money for our host to spend....
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Charlie, are you going to see any financial impact from TOR UK publishing paperback instead of hardcover?...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    In your original post, you state "An austere, low-energy biosphere—think of the high Arctic, with months of total darkness every year and little insolation—can't support anything like as much life as a tropical biome. High energy means more active biomass,...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    So far this summer, I started off with Stephenson's Interface, to get ready for the election cycle. New reads include Our Host's latest, plus Dad's Nuke, a take on the post-apocalypse, and "The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred,...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I really like Morgan cars. I've been lusting for one for ages, though reports of the hacks required to make one legal for the US have rendered that mostly an obvious lost cause: Lucas electronics and a Rover engine from...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    One pet peeve of mine is when world building, the author decides that something as basic as iron is missing. Stasheff, Card, and others have decided humans can live where one of the basic building blocks of life isn't there,...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    "Psychic powers are a bit of a bust this century -- ironically, AIUI it was the endowment of the Koestler Chair of Parapsychology that finally put the knife in, hard: having a full-time academic research base allowed enough peer-reviewed research...
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