Jamie is more an antique Roman than a Dane. He is straight and slender, and more than common tall. He is ill at reckoning, but he knows a hawk from a handsaw and is advised what he says, neither disturbed with the effect of wine nor heady-rash, provoked with raging ire. He is an unfee'd lawyer, but not covetous for gold. He is a foe to tyrants. He is not gamesome, and does lack some part of that quick spirit that is in Antony. He loves not wisely but too well. He is a better scholar than he thought he was, so he'll call for pen and ink and write his mind.
- at 09:35 on 17-03-2016 link @Alice: I like the 'Ancillary' books a lot and am maybe just being a bit defensive about them, but I feel like that review is mainly criticising 'Ancillary Justice' for not doing things that it has no interest in doing (and that, by Allan's own account, other people have already done anyway). Like, I don't think the reader is meant to spend much time grappling with whether conquering planets or turning people into ancillaries or having rigid class hierarchies are Good Things or Bad Things: the starting-poi...
- at 08:49 on 16-03-2016 link Here's a shiny thing: Spooky action at a distance is a new review blog with an interesting premise and an interesting format. The premise is that interactive fiction (as a medium) and sci-fi / fantasy (as a genre cluster) have a lot to say to each other but those conversations aren't happening much at the moment. The format is that Cat Manning, who writes IF (some of which I've played and can recommend), recommends narrative games to Arkady Martine, and Arkady, w...
- at 11:41 on 13-03-2016 link A slight variant of the idea (though I'm not sure whether this would make it more or less work for you) would be to have a sort of semi-regular round-up / digest, which could include nibbles never before seen but could also mention and link to or collate other notable recent stuff from the site, such as already-posted articles that have generated interesting discussion in the comments, substantial recent playpen conversations, unusual events (like if there were a new podcast or something). That would give ...
- at 18:58 on 13-02-2016 link Happy birthday Ichneumon! (Better late than never, I hope.) And hopping in (also a bit late) to the conversation about The force awakens: I confess my memory of the original trilogy is hazy, but mulling it over I feel like the lack of historical 'progress' may be quite appropriate given the real-world context. My recollection of A new hope is that there's a sort of atmosphere of Epic Things in the offing. Luke wants adventures and has a sense of Destiny. Leia is already fu...
- at 17:48 on 09-01-2016 link Gosh it's been years since I saw that film but I remember it being very good. Surprised to know it's so hard to get hold of! They certainly used to show it on UK television fairly often.
at 23:06 on 05-01-2016
... the article editor itself only recognises the years from 2006 to 2015...The Decennium Bug strikes!
- at 11:42 on 30-12-2015 link Did we all know about Nanogenmo? I didn't.
at 08:30 on 21-11-2015
��In my excitement I unwisely tried to use an emoji...
- at 08:29 on 21-11-2015 link Yay, the 'Brain is back! Nothing like an unexpected hiatus to make one appreciate a thing. How's everyone been?
at 19:58 on 05-08-2015
Meanwhile – you folks have got to check this out – 'Shut down Nouvella! First-ever *reverse* kickstarter':
American publishing has always centered around the Great American Novel, and we believe it should maintain this purity of vision. However, the recent proliferation of the independent publishing scene combined with millennials’ puerile attachment to thing...
- at 19:50 on 05-08-2015 link Wow, that's... not even bad in an entertaining way, just in a bad way.
- at 22:02 on 06-07-2015 link What do we think about 'Fight Club: how masculine fragility is limiting innovation in games'? The thesis seems plausible but I'd sort of hoped it would be developed in more detail; also I have the difficulty of not having played enough games (especially not enough fighty games) to test the proposition against experience. Anyway thought it might be of interest. (Via <a href="http://portmanteauri...
- at 23:37 on 05-03-2015 link Could be because the axes on the graphs didn't have proper values marked. Lack of scientific rigour is severely punished round here. ;)
- at 19:45 on 13-12-2014 link 'CthulhuPunk'.
- at 20:05 on 30-11-2014 link I'm not sure, I'm afraid. On a Macbook (which is what I'm using) you can drag two fingers in opposite directions on the track-pad and it will zoom in. That's how I did it. If you're using a not-Mac then I imagine there must be a way of doing the same thing but not sure what it is!
at 01:24 on 16-11-2014
The source of the latest blowup is this. The initial blowup happened when Nick Mamatas publicly connected the identities on Ello.Well, it's worth going a little further back in time than that. In 2012 Tricia Sullivan, a white, US-born, UK-based writer, asked Valse for her opinion on the manuscript of a novel Sulli...