Unfortunately, at press time, Dr Vamplew remains on their fucking mailing list and has just about fucking given up fucking hope of ever getting off that fucker. »
Peter Watts' latest novel, "Echopraxia", features a hive mind group known as the Bicamerals. He references Jaynes' work in his bibliography, but his endnotes seem to suggest that his Bicamerals are a little different from Jaynes'. »
But does this legislation go far enough? Isn't there a risk that the EPA will continue to give undue weight to the theories of these egg-headed ivory-tower "scientists", favoring their pie-in-the-sky models over the solid real-world experience of industry representatives? For too long, we've seen nerdy socialist… »
"Universe-destroying strangelets. Right. That's bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, George." »
Something tells me it'll take at least three more drinks before I start to understand what you just wrote. I'll be right back.
By the way, will any perverse sexual fetishes do, or does this job call for a specific set of perverse sexual fetishes? I'm, er, asking for a friend. »
Next time, maybe they can ship a few deployable Mylar mirrors on the mothership, so that they can bounce some light down to the lander, wherever it finishes up? »
"So, uh, listen, guys, I've figured it out. God is a warm, gentle, caring entity that totally loves us."
"Excuse me? Have you looked around you?"
"What do you mean?"
"We live in a fucking desert. It's nothing but sand as far as the eye can see. The only water is brackish. The vegetation has thorns. The only time the… »
"Oh my God! They're shooting at us!"
"It's OK. So long as they only use certain munitions fired from certain weapons at certain velocities at certain distances, we're perfectly safe. Didn't you read the brochure?" »
According to Wikipedia, hydrogen sulphide can be used to put mice into "a state of suspended-animation-like hypothermia". Is Moscow now full of drowsing mice? »
When they announce the Rocket Raccoon sex doll, perhaps you'd be kind enough not to let us know about it? »
Nnedi Okorafor has a great short story called 'The Magical Negro' which deals with this trope.
The Magical Non-White-Person (MNWP) seems to be an instance of the Wise Old Man (WOM) from Campbell's monomyth — the repository of wisdom who conveniently appears to impart the knowledge that the Hero needs to complete his… »
"Love is the fifth dimension? Ha ha, humanity, that's adorable. Everyone knows that hate is the fifth dimension. A hate strong enough can warp space and allow faster-than-light travel. And that's why we have to keep invading other planets — like yours — and killing every sentient being on them. It's nothing personal,… »
I read "Metrophage" years ago, and very much enjoyed it. It has its weak points, but overall it's an enjoyable, inventive read. It made me a lifelong Kadrey fan. »
Just to clarify, the fallstreak hole and the rainbow effect are two different phenomena. That is, you can have a fallstreak hole without the rainbow optical effect. Here's one I photographed over Brooklyn (if you search Google for 'hole punch cloud' or 'fallstreak hole', you can find prettier examples). »
They might have got over the "ripping people's hearts out with an obsidian knife" thing, the same way that other major religions have (mostly) toned it down over the centuries. »
It's not dark matter, it's not electricity. The fact is that stars get lonely. They like to snuggle up. And when you look at the size of the universe, who can blame them? »
Is it correct to describe the feathering mechanism as "a safety device"? Everything I've read suggests that it's actually a flight control system, dynamically changing the flight profile of the spacecraft for the next phase of flight. Calling it a "safety device" makes it sound like an optional component, rather than… »