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Graham

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re the "Jeremy Corbyn is a principled man etc." point, my issue isn't anything at all to do with talking to (or even talking up) terrorists. John Major made talking-to-the-IRA official policy and got the GFA and disarmament as a...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Pigeon @337 I went to uni there, and to be fair, that was the humorous nickname for it. Although we actually tended to write "Lufbra" everywhere except on formal documents, because life's too short and the place name is not....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    How do you trust someone to tell the truth when they can pull of the lies needed to have an affair with a partner/spouse who has even a bit of a brain? I'm quite prepared to disconnect personal and professional....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The evitability of Boris Johnson's continued career doing *anything* is the puzzling part for me. Here's a man who:- * Repeatedly wrote fictional "news" articles, so egregiously that he was fired multiple times for it. * Even more repeatedly wrote...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?" That's an interesting point, and a potential answer to Heteromeles's objections. New law possibly required. Under free speech, you can advocate any position you like, including hate speech. But if anyone carries...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    JBS @ 299: The point isn't banning them "because you find their politics repugnant". It's banning them because their politics advocate treating some people as less than human, up to and including genocide. This is the classic BBC fallacy where...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Charlie, if you always thought of Richard E Grant as Angleton, that's some serious forward planning. He's barely old enough now. For Bob, I'm always aware of the "unreliable narrator" issue. He describes himself as a pleasantly-incompetent geek, which may...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Oh yes - my apologies if that wasn't clear. I'd much rather live in a world with a functioning, happy Scott Lynch than one without! If that means less authorial output, so be it. And I'll take delayed high-quality output...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Re changing priorities as you age, fans of Scott Lynch have that problem in spades! The guy had a serious bout of depression when his marriage went south, which many of us can empathise with, hence the 6-year gap until...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Re infant mortality and continued memories, there's a wonderful Ray Bradbury short story called "No news, or what killed the dog". Dog (capitalised, because that was his name) is a reminder that death *does* happen, but that it happens so...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    "And of course the weaker European victims like Greece." Your "weaker victims" have had their economies propped up by the EU for the last 20+ years. If you look at those countries, a truly *ludicrous* percentage of the country is...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    "Mass-produce Harry"? As in Harry the Horse, the armourer? Purveyor of high-velocity weaponry, dealer in dodgy East End accents? And they're going to mass-produce him? This must be the worst of all possible worlds. Not only do we have to...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    @Murcushio But this was pretty well explained the first time we met Schiller. It's not that they felt they didn't need a plan against their own government, it's that they *couldn't* make that plan. Literally, anyone who tried would die....
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    Murcushio @ 86: They did have plans though. The idea of Mo and Mhari's superhero team was to ease the public into the idea that occult stuff exists, and that the government has it kind of in hand. The public...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    Very much fear. Alex and Mo are both similarly afraid of Bob, and they're no pushovers. Even Lecter backed down in the face of a pissed-off Bob. Mo's comments about being afraid of him using death magic as he turns...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Re "prepping" with slide rules... I've got a Casio FX-100D calculator. 10 displayed digits, a further 4 (IIRC) digits of precision, and 2 digits exponent. I bought it for my final year at uni (1996) after I broke my previous...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Tehanu has several murders, and plenty of conflict. What people objected to about it, when you really checked, is that it's a book about toxic masculinity and what happens to people without power in a feudal society. It's probably not...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Also re the incest thing, this comes down to RAH's "twisty mind", to quote OGH. The point of good SF is to set up a thought experiment of "what happens if...?" Marriage between people of other colours, or non-whites leading...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    "protecting authority against public disorder, rather than protecting the public" Of course the Peelian model is to protect the public - but when the chips are down, Britain has always followed the Continental model. Consider the arrest and torture of...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Frank, comparing whether the children of astronauts also become astronauts is not statistically significant. 555 humans have reached Earth orbit. For the sake of simplicity, let's assume they're all from the USA (population 327 million) or Russia (144 million). That...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Dan, whilst Labour were pro-EU, they were almost completely silent during the "debate". The Leave and Remain campaigns were therefore almost entirely run by Tories, and were not strongly driven by facts. More than that, both campaigns were personal opportunities...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    What's currently as scary as the stuff Lovecraft talked about? The fact that Nanjing happened, and Katyn happened, and Oradour-sur-Glane happened, and the Holocaust happened, and the SS and NKVD and KGB torture chambers happened, and everyone said "this must...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I did my qualifications in Egypt. Yeah, a live reef is a total nother world. A highlight for me was finding a 5-foot-diameter turtle asleep on the top of a small seamount. We're not apex predators on land either. Humans...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    III. Since I've just got my Open Water dive qualifications... Fishlike marine being *AND* living forever? Yes, yes yes yes, hell yes, hell to the yes, definitely positively yes. And for bonus points, human-grade intelligence underwater will let you properly...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Greg, this is not a situation of setting the rules but of auditing them. I say this from a background in safety-related engineering. :) "We're the One True Faith" is about imposing your corporate rules on other people. An auditor...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Dudism? Do your commandments start, "Thou shalt abide"? And "Thy rug shall really tie the room together"?...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Going back slightly... Bible 1.0 says "thou shalt not kill", or "murder", or whatever translation. The trouble for people who call themselves Christians is that Bible 2.0 says "But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is...
  • Commented on On hold
    Ironically I just re-read "Equoid" last night and ran into that sentence, which gave me an interesting compare-and-contrast moment with Bob's "I wish I was still an atheist" monologue in "The Fuller Memorandum". Somehow I'd managed to miss this on...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Much better to periodically massacre a bunch of characters and trash secondary plot threads to keep things from getting too complicated. I thought doing that in "Rhesus Chart" was your "Spooks" moment - the point where the audience realises the...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Police, sorry, but I want someone trained with authority to deal with the violent drunk, or the guys attacking the woman. There are, and have been, many societies without a police force. Police are a thing of our time in...
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