• Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    There are probably some out there who would complain about Stephen Fry being gay and threaten to boycott. But then we could just laugh at them....
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Not being from over there and mostly unaware of Mr. Ross's existence until today I'm afraid the controversy is mostly going over my head. However, I can say without reservation that any choice for Hugo Toastmaster leading to resignations from...
  • Commented on PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy
    You could always follow Gibson's strategy of writing in an alternate universe that is a lot like here today. But different wherever it impacts actual news and politics....
  • Commented on Time tourism
    Ah… Yeah, found it. And, no, I didn't mouse over or follow all the links. The Thomas Covenent reference kind of put me off. :-)...
  • Commented on Time tourism
    Octavia Butler's Kindred is a time travel story with a female protagonist (who is also BLACK) going back to the US south in 1815. In _Kindred) Butler confronts the very problems you are talking about head on: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2009/04/octavia-butlers-kindred...
  • Commented on Dragged kicking and screaming into the 19th century
    The Japanese Emperor may no longer be a deity, but the office is still considered 'the highest authority of the Shinto religion'. In my many trips to Japan I rarely saw portraits of the Emperor hung anywhere, except above small...
  • Commented on Dragged kicking and screaming into the 19th century
    The office of the Japanese Emperor is also a religious institution. One that, like the Catholic Church, once held greater secular power than it does today. Interestingly, I believe there are similar parallels in the British Monarchy. Isn't the reigning...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    Charlie, Funny, but even five years ago my response to this post would have been surprise you had bothered: your point is so obvious one would think there is no need to express it. (As well as you did express...
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