Graham

Graham

  • Commented on Attention Conservation Notice
    @Pigeon I personally got rather frustrated by Miriam, because she made the same mistakes over and over. Faced with a society very different to her own, she didn't stop to analyse before acting. In particular, in a society where she...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    @43 Greg, this was most famously publicised by Michael Moore, who got it from Craig Unger. Moore occasionally plays a bit fast and loose, but I'm prepared to assume Vanity Fair does fact-checking. Links https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahrenheit_9/11_controversies and http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2003/10/saving-the-saudis-200310...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Geoff, you do have to be very careful about herbals being "known to be effective". We can pick out some nice examples like willow-bark and quinine, because we know what the active ingredients are and where they come from. But...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    @224 paws4thot: Spoiler alert, perhaps... Of course the twist is that Bob is *actually* the "Bond girl" archetype and Mo is the "Bond" archetype. But until the endgame, Bob and Billington and everyone on that yacht *do* think that Bob...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    JamesPadraicR @182: True, but even the pre-Fuller-Memorandum Bob was pretty competent. He hung around with the SAS and his contribution was valued, which says quite a lot. Also he had to be good enough to be taken seriously as the...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Maybe I'm being fooled by Mo being an unreliable narrator, but this shouldn't be a "dawning realisation" for her, should it? The whole of Mahogany Row seemed to know that what's holding Bob back from fully using his powers was...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    One thing I'm surprised people haven't picked up on. The original premise is that parasite load is a Bad Thing. The problem is, this isn't necessarily true. A major line of research into IBS and a variety of other autoimmune...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Gordycole, I may be misremembering, but I'm not sure the enemy magi were exactly PHANGs. They had some of the same characteristics (e.g. the counting trap), but I thought they derived their power from different sources. Alex and the rest...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    For those interested in more Alex and Cassie, I did notice the line early on: "Cassie, if you ever read this, I'm very, very sorry". And Alex is clearly writing this in past tense. Currently he doesn't have much to...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    "Ogham would work, if what was written down was stories. Stelae would work, again if it was stories." OK, so you've progressed from "books" (let's suppose the Librarian gives an "Ook" of approval to the team with a monolith on...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    I'm curious... (and maybe I need to do some book-buying :) So book good, Kindle book bad. OK, got that. But then audio book...? Or more problematically, what happens to music - is it sheet music good, MP3/FLAC/CD/vinyl/wax-cylinder bad? Or...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    @gasdive Not disingenuous, just looking for evidence. When your range is "16 to 106" or "4.6 to 130", that says quite a lot about the uncertainty of the numbers. You get spectacularly bad modelling of low-exposure cases when your data...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    @gasdive PS: I'd completely support you on a similar statement involving asbestos, black lung, smoking, dioxins, groundwater contamination, and a bunch of other stuff. Just not on the VW diesel thing. Yeah, they faked the numbers and got caught, but...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    @gasdive "Then something like dieselgate happens. People in that company knowingly, intentionally killed hundreds and possibly thousands of people in the worst way possible. I've held my Mother's hand while she begged for death. Cancer isn't a nice way to...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    Slightly late to the party, but Sheri Tepper has an image of an environmental-apocalypse end-world which might be relevant. "Beauty" is probably the canonic one, but the same scenario crops up in a lot of her other books. Being Tepper...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    No-one's mentioned Scott Lynch yet. Totally equal-opportunities approach to women in a mediaeval-ish setting. There are some invented cultural things to make it that way - women are seen as lucky to have on a ship, and hence more likely...
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