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  • Commented on Dead plots
    Ah well, such is life. :)...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    johnpbh @ 361 Looks like it's all sci-fi detective stories from here on in. I should probably get started on mine, then. Avoid the rush. :)...
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    Pardon me for going completely off-topic, but I have to know: @OGH: Was this an inspiration for our old friend (and now PM) Fabian Everyman? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbHVPk2V6_M...
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    Actually, maybe the other dead plots are the ones that involve irony? Perhaps times are bad enough that writing about hope for the future is something people might want to read? Ghod, I hope so......
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    Also busted: cops (not necessarily including forensics or detectives) as good guys. I've been thinking of late that there's a little meat left in the old "consulting detective" trope. Not another Holmes pastiche, but something that takes the same basic...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    > BTW, Asimov wrote a story based on ring species. Humans had spread through the galaxy, finding no life more complex than slime. Finally after 100 000 years of searching they encounter intelligent alien life. It's very very alien, living...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I'm wondering if the panopticon AI would be susceptible to something like a QR code or a basilisk (of the Langford variety): An image that hacks the system by the very act of decoding it. Basically, one step beyond those...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Oddly enough, "You were only supposed to blow the bloody portal shut!" fits [I]The Atrocity Archive[/I] to a T....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Upon further reflection, I could see D&D moving into a more Conan/Fafhrd & Grey Mouser direction, where spellcasting is downplayed and magic is, on the balance, mistrusted. In other words, expect the Barbarian class to get a fresh coat of...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Well, D&D has often crafted worlds to expand into non-traditional genres like horror (Ravenloft) space opera (Spelljammer) and dystopia (Dark Sun). So they'd probably start with a CNG-style realm... Carcossa, maybe, and sculpt things around the new status quo. Which...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    @Damian "What language is your ship's computer programmed in?" Sindarin, although some of the modules are ported from Quenya. @Heteromeles My intro to Taoism was Benjamin Hoff. I've no idea if he has a good reputation in the Taoist community...
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    Ah well. Perhaps I'll do a bit of Google-diving. Thanks for the pointer, anyway....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    @Graydon: That's actually very interesting. Do you have links?...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    There's another approach, which would be similar to what my office does now: With the exception of a few developers who require heavy-duty machines for number-crunching, every employee at my office gets a laptop... and a docking station with a...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    As far as you are aware…...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    This is in fact one of the qualities that brought me to the table originally. :)...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I've been working from home for over a month, which means my life has been running on autopilot even more than usual, so I'm with OGH on the depression front. On the writing front (not the job, sadly) I managed...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    What's the message when your shelf has a bunch of Lovecraftian spy novels, right next to the (almost) complete works of Terry Pratchett? ;)...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    An old idiom, but fairly common, especially in noir mysteries: https://knowyourphrase.com/keep-your-eyes-peeled Has nothing to do with "peelers" or Sir Robert....
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Entirely possible... I was referring to this section: "Last year, a series of unfortunate events in Colorado Springs coincided with me being promoted onto the management fast track—and earlier this year a series of even more unfortunate events derailed me...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    @OGH I'm in the middle of a re-read (just started Rhesus Chart) and I was wondering… Are the events of the as-yet-unwritten A Conventional Boy the reason Bob got knocked off the fast-track to Mahagony Row? The book never actually...
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