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Charlie and his horse

Charlie Stross of Colder War (follow the link to read it online) fame has some interesting stuff on his blog at the moment, which is not to say that the rest of it is dull. First there's a piece on Amazon reviews of famous books. For example, about One Hundred Years of Solitude we have this gem:

At best, Marquez reveals an egalitarian attitude that seems to pervade the Americas south of the Rio Grande (no wonder those countries are in constant economic trouble). Marquez should study supply side economics as described by Milton Friedman, another Nobel Prize winner, in order to give his book better balance.

And there are many more.

The October 20th post is about the apparently parlous state of SF at the moment (6% of market share) and What Is To Be Done. It seems in many ways similar to the problems with roleplaying. Charlie has a plan. Read it. And read some of his fiction too. SF needs you!


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Oct. 31st, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
That is an interesting blog, I may even have to bookmark it.

You also prompted me to re-read "A Colder War". Though I've read it a few times and remembered most of it - having been struck when I first encountered it by the off-the-cuff Ronnie remark which nearly triggered a nuclear war in the real world actually triggering a conflict of 'weakly godlike entities' within the story - I don't think I'd ever noticed what was implied by the last few paragraphs.

It's even nastier than I thought.
Oct. 31st, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
HPL is positively cheerful as compared to a Colder War but Stross has since veered away from such dead end fiction to a post-modern geek hero. Which is not to say that I haven't greatly enjoyed the Atrocity Archive, Concrete Jungle and Jennifer Morgue but they all have happy conclusions. But then this is the same dilemma that you get in gaming. You might wish for a meaningful death of the protagonist(s), but that will also end the game/story.

And this is much more serious if you livelihood depends on it!
Oct. 31st, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
Singularity Sky is a lot of fun, what with its technophobic comedy Russians, information fighting to be free and all that. I read it once all the way through and then went back over the good bits during our hellish flight back from Virginia earlier this month.

Incidentally and beside the point, James Allan Gardner is well worth a look, too.
Oct. 31st, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
And he's a gamer too.
Oct. 31st, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Just one "l" in Alan.
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