Kevin Marks

Kevin Marks

  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Rereading Starship Troopers last year, the part where Rico decides that his home is now the army really reminded me of the end of 1984...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Also, Manny - the protagonist of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - has multiple prosthetic arms, some customised for different engineering uses....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    He wanted to make the protagonist in one of his juveniles a person of color, for example, but his publisher said no. Under the circumstances, you get a little Aesopian, and work around censorship by telling stories that seem to...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Has anyone done a tribute/pastiche of the very early socialist, Universal Basic Income advocating Heinlein of Beyond This Horizon and For Us The Living?...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Orwell predicted the gleeful murder of refugees for entertainment that the likes of Katie Hopkins are moving towards - so normalised that Winston Smith is celebrating it: “Last night to the flicks. All war films. One very good one of...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock Facts that everyone can agree on are the cornerstone of democracy and do exist - despite the rise of "fake news", a UK minister has said.Matt Hancock said it was "something of...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Apple have released an api already, though it is apparently not the full resolution....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    first a "make me look fit in selfies" mode and then a "do the same thing, only in video chat" option. FaceApp and Snapchat filters already do this - sometimes obviously (flower crowns, animal ears and noses) sometimes subtley. The...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Helicopter money as qe also maps to the Sinclair economic model popularized by Heinlein in Beyond This Horizon and For Us The Living. In effect instead of banks inflating money to lend through fraction all reserves you distribute that expansion...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Stephen Wolfram wrote a good post on this - his thesis is that AIs can respond in richer ways than humans by returning a graph, interactive visualisation or other computational reply, and that is a better idea than trying to...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Did you see this splendid manifesto on abolishing Outer Space? http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/manifesto-of-the-committee-to-abolish-outer-space/...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    Ryan Britt wrote on Tor that the Star Wars civilisation seems mostly illiterate....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Maybe their house is like the one in the Doctor Who episode The Lodger, and the extra bedrooms have been hidden from their minds....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Continuity glitch: in Rhesus Chart Bob says they have 2 spare bedrooms when offering Mhari a place to stay. In Annihilation Score, Mo implies their place is 1 bedroom only when discussing how Bob and her could coexist....
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