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  • Commented on Down tools
    I read The Unstrung Harp around 1954, when it showed up at the Adriance Memorial Library in Poughkeepsie, NY, where I was biding my time between 4th grade and college. Mr Earbrass's struggles should be familiar to most novelists. My...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    You know, it's possible to like both Priest and Stross. Just because the former thinks the latter's work is "appalling and juvenile" and the latter thinks the former is shouting at clouds doesn't mean that they don't both write interesting...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    A directed verdict of acquittal is uncommon but hardly unheard of in these here United States. Here's a discussion of the situation....
  • Commented on Baboon Fart Odyssey
    And with a cover in Comic Sans, no less. Truly tempting the Wrath of the Intartoobs....
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    Post-singulatarian Lovecraftian horror? Try Steven Barnes's The Armies of Memory....
  • Commented on Making history personal
    Slept in? A Tudor house near Lacock village, early 1500's; a 13th-century farmhouse in Cabrières-d'Avignon. I've been inside the fully-intact and currently-in-use Pantheon (126 C.E.) and a number of Lycian ruins (~800-500 B.C.E) in southern Turkey....
  • Commented on Time tourism
    Time traveling is always dangerous if you're not a member of an acceptedly privileged class. "Dark Interlude" by Mack Reynolds and Fredric Brown is a classic example....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Saturn's Children
    I don't think anyone spent longer setting up a pun than David Brin in The Uplift War -- and then leaving it for the reader to discover rather than spelling it out....
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