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  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Trump wouldn't be drunk; he only takes the (very infrequent) sip of communion wine. But he's no vegan: his preferred dinner is well-done (that is, overcooked) steak with ketchup....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    See, for example, John Varley's "Press Enter"....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    There's already been a successful attempt to cause an epileptic attack over the internet. Kurt Eichenwald, a reporter for Newsweek and someone with publicly acknowledged epilepsy, was hit by a flashing gif embedded in a tweet. (He's since disabled autoplay...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Ron Goulart's still extant. If he's scripting this fiasco he's still got his mojo....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Run the exhaust back across the timeline....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    You don't generally build a stronghold that it takes a nuke to crack open and give it a back door that can be put through with an axeA classic reason to despise Star Wars....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I'm about 2/3 through, and so far I've caught only one deviation from American English usage: "bogie" (Rita in the switchyard). It's "truck" here....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Will the typo hunt involve the ebook version?...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    A good in medias res beginning? Try Kate Atkinson's Life After Life, which begins with the assassination of Hitler in 1930, before jumping back to the death (at birth) of the heroine in 1910....
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    "'Begin at the beginning,' the King said gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop.'" Useful advice for testimony; not always useful for a novel....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Kelley is a major and disturbing figure in both John Banville's Kepler and John Crowley's Ægypt. I'd also like to nominate Patrick Leigh Fermor, who has been described as "a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene."...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    This discussion reminds me of a passage from James Branch Cabell's Jurgen:"About these matters I do not know. How should 1? But I think that all of us take part in a moving and a shifting and a reasoned using...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Just a minor correction: US runs on 60 Hz....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Oh really? With Alaska, North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana having ten Senators for their combined 4 million population, while California has two for its 40 million, rural America has an effective veto on appointments to the Supreme Court....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Not just food; agricultural production for non-food purposes. Germany's V2 deployment was dependent upon its potato crop for ethanol fuel. Chaim Weizmann's microbial fermentation of sugar to acetone/butanol/ethanol was essential for cordite production in WWI....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    This reminds me of my observation about Cherryh's science fiction, that a lot of it is built around losing your family and getting a new one.A lot of writers have dominant themes: Sturgeon (love), Dick (what is reality?), Budrys (who...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Inversions is a Culture novel only if you already know about the Culture, and then pretty much only by implication. (I did love it.)...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Well, hell. Isn't Iain Banks's Culture space opera par excellence? Galactic scope, fabulous aliens/monsters, ginormous space ships with planet-busting weapons, and lots of pulled-it-out-of-my-ass technology? In a good way, of course....
  • Commented on Announcing UK Audiobook Titles
    Would an American voice be a negative on the UK audiobook?...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    As far as I can tell, the Koch brothers aren't sitting this one out. They're spending a lot, and are pissed off that it isn't buying them the influence they expected. Their pet candidate, Scott Walker, bombed out and withdrew...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    When a thread gets this long, it becomes too hard to read all the preceding comments to make sure that yours isn't duplicative of an earlier one. Just sayin'....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Underwater metallurgy: electroplating/electroforming. And let's not forget that gold nuggets (and probably native copper) are the result of hydrothermal processing....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Hydroxyapatite and silica are also available. The first is usually strengthened/cushioned by chitosan or proteins, but diatoms turn out pretty pure silica glass....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Of course you can do underwater ceramics. Clams do it every day....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    So: You didn't like the latest Ian McDonald, I guess. Helium-3 aneutronic fusion is waaaay lower on my list of shibboleths than on yours. Mine starts with alternate histories with real-life characters born after the divergence. FDR can't exist in...
  • Commented on A small research question
    Another laser isotope separation method...
  • Commented on A small research question
    There are at least two ways of separating isotopes (at least in theory) that aren't direct functions of isotopic mass: Nuclear spin, and electron excitation. For the first, you need two isotopes that differ in spin (like 12C and 13C);...
  • Commented on An Apology
    Christopher Anvil, Pandora's Planet, if I'm not mistaken....
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    A key plot element of Kraken is the real nature of Star Trek transporters. (You'll never get me up in one of those things.)...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    Supposedly a suckling pig, so yes....
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