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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 16, 2017, 04:45:52 PM »
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didn't really love Orbital Decay by Allen Steele. For all its pretenses to be near-future - I think it's actually set in 2016 - it was very much a book about 1989, when it was written. Nothing at all had changed, except that we had a few space stations. All the cultural references were 70s and 80s. They still used cassette tapes and video tapes. The world political situation was still exactly the same. Most of all, I didn't much care for the tone of it. It was a bit too matey.

sorry you didn't enjoy. For reference DDS/dat tap is video LTO is 8 track. some fly by wire systems use tape back up currently. The space station still uses transistors for some functions as they are more reliable than chips and easier to replace.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 15, 2017, 02:38:17 PM »
I think the choice to wear or display a confederate flag is a poor one as it flies in the face of reality. Not accepting something that happened strikes me as foolish in the extreme. For those unaware the American Civil War was fought for nearly three years before the issue of slave owning was brought up and the union thoughts on this were far from united. Anything else is revisionist history looking to give you clear and simple good and bad guys.
A clash between an industrial and agrarian ideology would be a better cause for the war and a determining of who held the real power.

When it comes to removing monuments there often comes a time when they become inappropriate and should not be left in situ.

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Hope your diagnosis is correct and that you get well soon.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Grim Gathering - 2017 :-)
« on: August 12, 2017, 09:14:13 PM »
I can grab books (Tell me what you want) and hold or post.

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General Discussion / Re: Junk mail (post)
« on: August 12, 2017, 08:46:54 PM »
Do they include a postage paid envelope? If so put the unused form plus any random leaflets you also get as junk mail in the envelope and return it they get charged and will desist as it costs them for no gain.

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General Discussion / Re: What's your personality type?
« on: August 09, 2017, 08:23:52 AM »
The Voigt-Kampff scale and possibly the Turin test may be of use as well.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 09, 2017, 01:41:28 AM »
more important to campaign than be all presidential which is harder and more effort than he thought.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 09, 2017, 01:39:20 AM »
Steele is fantastic if you get on with Orbital Decay look out for rude astronauts which has some great stories in it.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter
« on: August 08, 2017, 05:00:24 PM »
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is the most dangerous, offensive book I have ever read,”

or what happens when she discovers Enid Blyton?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 08, 2017, 04:22:40 AM »
Finished red sister. Competent and strangely fun book with depth. Not that I would expect any less from Mark.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter
« on: August 08, 2017, 04:15:36 AM »
OK, not on twitter, not read the book not going to do either. When anyone writes 9000 words in an attack review assume they are at least a little unhinged. When anyone is attacked at length and race is bought into it I am immediately going to dig deeper and look for motives. Do not stand for or support personal attacks on anyone and the world will be a better place.

Sorry not going to be offended by a title,and not going to pander to anyone who feels black is an inappropriate word and not going to support their idiocy. The association of English words with black has nothing to do with skin colour and the words precede the slave trade.

The book may be everything it is accused of but more likely the reviewer is of a mindset that is unstable, and has little basis in reality. Such people can be very clever manipulative and seem to find support from the gullible and provided with enough attention do real damage. If the book offends do not buy it and do not read it.

 My daughter was less than delighted to be told that ba ba black sheep was a bad rhyme and her nursery was now going to sing ba ba rainbow sheep and maintained that there were no rainbow sheep but a fair number of black and grey ones, but what does a 3 year old know compared to adults determined not to cause offence.

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: August 07, 2017, 02:45:38 PM »
Thankyou

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General Discussion / Re: Send Xia hugs and good wishes!
« on: August 07, 2017, 02:44:52 PM »
Oh Noes at least its not a bit you need! Get well soon Xia and we won't find ways to misbehave while you watchful eye is turned.

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http://store.steampowered.com/app/301650/Battlezone_98_Redux/

Space tanks revisited! a great game on  steam for £3.74 atm

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Is "Talent" Subjective?
« on: August 03, 2017, 04:52:56 PM »
My somewhat off topic thoughts boil down to:

There are great story tellers and great writers some are both.

In SFF great ideas will sell books where use of the language may be weak. A great writer without imagination is lost in SFF.

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