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  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I'm not sure why you say "no". Our hero was doxxed, even if was only because the tabloids were too stupid to think about what they were doing. I'm also not sure why someone would call you fascist for calling...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    And now the latest twist in this story Charlie didn't write. To "reward" the hero for his noble efforts, the tabloid press apparently doxxed him! https://theoutline.com/post/1536/uk-tabloids-doxxed-the-hero-hacker-who-stopped-a-global-cyberattack Yes, overall, I think the rejection letter was thoroughly justified. This is just too...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I don't want to sound like some sort of crazed revolutionary, but since I am one, it's hard not to. Which is why I'd like to point out that all your negative points about dueling sound like positives if we...
  • Commented on The Day After
    On the other hand, Trump's election helps increase the options for those who want to flee Brexit. Come to (soon-to-be) sunny, tropical Canada! :D...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Er, technically, they're not actually *for* climate change (how can you be for or against a myth). What they're for is business as usual, big oil, less restrictions on pollution and all that. Which will inevitably result in climate change--but...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Don't forget that Trump and a GOP Congress means that the US is pretty much guaranteed to do nothing about climate change! Honestly, I'm thinking that apocalyptic, dystopian futures are just about the only thing left for you to write...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    "Randroid" is an unflattering term for the more fervent followers of Ayn Rand. Especially the peculiar American variety who ignore her views on religion, and carry Atlas Shrugged in one hand and the Bible in the other....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    As far as the moon goes, I think that big-ass railguns (or big ass-railguns, if you're Randall Munroe), as proposed by O'Neill and popularized by RAH, are a probably a better initial approach than an elevator. Yes, they're more limited....
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    If we go by canon, the answer has to be "insufficient data". "The Call of Cthulhu" is a fairly short story which doesn't give us a great deal to go on. Despite being the popular face of the Mythos, Cthulhu...
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    May I just say: WRITE FASTER! :D Nah, seriously, write at the pace that works best for you, because that's the pace that's most likely to give me the kind of tales I want to read. Judging by past experience....
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    Anyone remember the early days of Google, before they merged with Doubleclick, when they specialized in small, unobtrusive, low-bandwidth, text-based ads! The Internet went crazy with support. Heck, even Slashdot was pro-ad for a change. (And that was before Slashdot...
  • Commented on Magic systems and my world building process
    The magic system in Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy series came about because editor John W. Campbell challenged two of his most prolific writers, Garrett and Isaac Asimov, to write honest mysteries combined with fantasy and science fiction respectively. An honest...
  • Commented on Not-so-Invisible Ninjas
    Well, off the top of my head (and assuming you're already familiar with really big names like Cherryh, Willis, and Bujold): Nancy Kress is one of my very favorite authors—one whose works I'll buy sight unseen—and she generally falls into...
  • Commented on Not-so-Invisible Ninjas
    Like many others here, I could go on for ages listing women who write great fantasy. But, while I like fantasy, I prefer science fiction, and my list of women who write great science fiction, while also long, is relatively...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    Just to be really, really clear about this: if you promise to withdraw if your name appears on a slate, they can knock you off the ballot without a single vote! That's really too much power to hand these idiots....
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    Ok, I said this on Scalzi's blog, and I'm going to say it here. If the Puppies put an author they clearly hate (say, Scalzi or OGH) on their slate, the appropriate thing to do is not blindly vote against...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Oh, that's a good point. I forgot about eligibility requirements. That would complicate matters. Perhaps if write-ins were limited to stuff that got at least one valid nomination? (Makes it a little more tricky for the voters, *but*, it would...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Two things that might help with the pushed-off-the-ballot problem: first, publish the full data on the nominations shortly after they close, and second, allow write-ins in the final ballot, so that you can still vote for the pushed-off items if...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Beale's approach is to consider every possible outcome...and declare himself the winner in every case. Which makes it a little hard to take anything he says seriously. (As if it weren't already.) Definitely sad about all the good authors pushed...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Worth noting that one slate candidate did win! Guardians of the Galaxy. Which shows that the voters weren't mindlessly rejecting everything the Puppies offered. (Which is, in fact, one of the things they're currently trying to claim, in order to...
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