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Links 1 through 10 of 62 by Michael Duff tagged scifi

"A former slave, who was murdered by her owner and then revented (reincarnated) through the intervention of a Culture ship, seeks revenge against the larger background of a plot within a war over preserving or abandoning virtual Hells."

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"If they create a nano machine driven "infection" process in your own head so that each neuron is copied and then replaced, one at a time, maybe over a year or something, at WHAT POINT would you stop feeling like you were you?"

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"The real unforgivable acts are committed by calm men in beautiful green silk rooms, who deal death wholesale, by the shipload, without lust, without anger, or desire, or any redeeming emotion to excuse them but cold fear of some pretended future. But the crimes they hope to prevent in that future are imaginary. The ones they commit in the present - they are real." - Commander Aral Vorkosigan, in Shards Of Honor, by Lois McMaster Bujold

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When Steven Moffat took over masterminding Doctor Who, he said his vision of the show was more akin to a fairy tale. For my money, tonight's Christmas special was the closest he's ever come to achieving that goal. Spoilers ahead!

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"I didn't directly pitch this novel to publishers, my agent, Michelle Brower, did. She is completely amazing. Perhaps it's worth noting for the other newbie authors that read io9 that 50 agents passed on my book, before Michelle took it in from the cold, where it'd been shivering like someone's lost three-legged puppy. When I reached 56 agent queries, and 40 some-odd rejections, sometimes after quite a lot of attention, and full book reads before passes, which was becoming soul crushing, someone told me an anecdotal story about someone else who'd made it to 72 agents before their YA book got agented. I figured I could make it to 75, and by then, I'd almost be at a hundred, dammit, so why the hell not."

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I'm scared of the evil hackers but I don't want to lose my star.

I earned that star by making fun of True Blood and treating Stargate Universe as if it were a serious show.

When am I going to get that opportunity again?

What if I cancel my account and something stupid happens on True Blood again?

What if I cancel my account and Stargate Universe suddenly becomes a deep, multifaceted exploration of the human condition, y'know, with Stargates?

I can't find any real people willing to listen to me ramble about this shit. What am I supposed to do, run back to Usenet and start trolling alt.fan.sliders?

Damn it, Gawker. I can't trust you but I can't quit you. Just like that hot girl from camp.

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Just got the new Iain M. Banks novel, so I hope you will excuse one rare "Squee!"

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You know what the world really needs? A Bioware-style RPG based on Matter. You play an SC agent uplifted from a primitive culture. You go on a series of missions, carefully working behind the scenes to manipulate events, or using the selective application of violence to influence the course of wars. Then you're called home to deal with some kind of personal tragedy, slowly traveling back to your home system through a variety of spectacular habitats. Of course, they have to "turn off" all your fancy SC gear for the trip home, leaving you vulnerable to kidnapping and assassination attempts... Please, somebody make this game. Apart from the awesomeness of the game itself, a CRPG could introduce thousands of players to The Culture an elevate the tastes of a generation of SciFi readers. Wish I had a couple million dollars so I could finance the damn thing myself.

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For homo sapiens, this is normal – having "no" blood type, i.e. blood without antigens in it, just means a person has Type O blood – a fairly common occurrence for us. But among the "humans" on Battlestar Galactica, apparently no one had Type O blood; everyone had A and B types. The Cylons, however, apparently had Type O blood, which is a mutation of Type A blood, Di Justo said. These facts imply that modern humans, with our diversity of blood types, are descended from both the Battlestar humans and the Cylons, in the universe of the show.

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The original idea was that they would recover [the kidnapped] Han Solo in the early part of the story and that he would then die in the middle part of the film in a raid on an Imperial base. George then decided he didn’t want any of the principals killed. By that time there were really big toy sales and that was a reason.” The discussed ending of the film that Kurtz favored presented the rebel forces in tatters, Leia grappling with her new duties as queen and Luke walking off alone “like Clint Eastwood in the spaghetti westerns,” as Kurtz put it. Crystal Kurtz said that ending would have been a more emotionally nuanced finale to an epic adventure than the forest celebration of the Ewoks that essentially ended the trilogy with a teddy bear luau.

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