Kevin Marks

Kevin Marks

  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The internet troll libertarians would be out the airlock as soon as they tried their PUA crap on women in Luna City....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    There's a bit in Starship Troopers where they go on shore leave in Seattle, and the cops are wearing veteran ribbons, and when they get into a fight with some locals described as: There were some young fellows there, too,...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The history of Starship Troopers is laid out in Expanded Universe (which admittedly he wrote 20 years laters so may be embellished a with hindsight, but Astounding agrees). He was worried by the Test Ban proposal and wrote a reds...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Alec Nevala-Lee in Astounding (the group biography of Heinlein, Campbell, Asimov and Hubbard) suggests that the 'typical white SF reader' Heinlein was addressing Farnham's Freehold was Campbell, who was an out an out racist and pro-slavery. He also says that...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Indeed, the plutocrats buying up the state is far more common and there are warnings from history there, like Sparta for example. A more interesting Heinlein book on government is Tunnel in the Sky, which warns you to look out...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I reread it a couple of years ago and this time the ending came across as almost like 1984, with Rico finally loving the army and even his father joining his unit. That said, in 1984's Expanded Universe Heinlein says...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    The Merchant Princes series seems more TV-friendly than most of your work, as it starts out as a journalist investigating crimes and introduces magical travel soon after, and has a lot of interpersonal interaction, and a good excuse for some...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I bought an edition of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens from Folio, and then realised that my young sons might not appreciate it (they had just been in a musical production of Peter Pan). I assume that is in the...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    With cruise ships doomed and airlines also in deep trouble, is it time for Zeppelins to make their comeback? A hybrid fuel cell/ hydrogen envelope combined with solar panels to top it up, and its a climate fighting alternative again....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    In the absence of the Mandate, how do we get a government that will revoke article 50? What narrative do we need to make, say, David Lammy the national unity Prime Minister to revoke article 50 and what other policy...
  • 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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