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"The RPG has a doggy on the cover."- Arthur B., Ferretbrain.com
Orion, if you're reading this, tell your friend he's got his pull quote for the back cover right here.
Feel any better now, Kyra?
The person behind Our Valued Customers is playing with fire, or at least risking getting fired, but I'm so glad they did it. A little reminder to be nice to retail staff.
Yeah, I just spent my morning reading the whole thing. I'm in love with that comic because I have so been there. And I'm sure a comic book store gets the craziest of the crazy.
Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Arthur! :-)
Her other books are much more straightforward, anyway. Deathless has a bit of framing and one chapter told in a different voice, but that's about it. It's pretty much one huge fucked-up love story with a really compelling (if screwy) relationship.
Cat Valente's Deathless just broke my heart.
I am currently struggling with her million faery tales inside another million faery tales book. I like *her* but the book... not so much.
...if there's no sequel I will be crying forever and ever.
A sort of juvenile 'in reality, nature is red in tooth and claw and that is all' thinking that is constructed merely to handwave any questions of morality rather than answering them. But I suppose I'm going on a bit.
So having passed a number of tooth-grinding minutes reading the exploits of one S M Stirling in our very own comments section, imagine my lack of surprise when I discovered that mere days before arriving at Ferretbrain he had been amusing himself by telling Jaymee Goh that she doesn't know colonialism when she sees it (in one of his books).
I posted this link back when he was still here, then quietly deleted it in the hopes Stirling wouldn't come to pollute the Playpen. He seems rather adamant to "teach 'dem kids". I've seen worst from Jah's comment section, however. Yes, that's me chiming in at the end, and that also marks the point where I believe I started losing interest in steampunk.
That's the thing though, I don't think it's fair to pre-judge someone based on behaviour elsewhere. That's a precedence I just don't want to set because, let's face it, we've all been an idiot on the internet at some time or another.
Well, that explains why I was allowed an account. Probably against everyone's better judgement, considering some of the weird crap I've drawn.
I first read this back in university, and I still haven't got over it. It has its biases, sure (I mean, it was written by a conservative American Catholic who was inspired by a conservative monarchist who lived in late Wilhelmite Germany [who was, in turn, inspired by Hegel and Nietzsche]), but there's just something impressive about the whole thing. I don't know how to describe it, exactly; perhaps after seeing so many futures end in immediate barbarian chaos, it's refreshing, even inspiring, to see a future where the modern world ascends its final peak, creates a final state that acts as metaphorical culmination of all of the Western world's history and ushers in a final age of peace, then slowly prepares to die. (It also helps that the author just considers the whole project nothing more than a thought experiment. He even throws in a few jokes.)
I should probably note that the future sections have a definite retro-SF feel to them. I chalk it up to a combination of the author's personal preference and an acknowledgement of Spengler's influence on SF writers. I know James Blish and H. P. Lovecraft were fans, and I'd be willing argue that Olaf Stapledon sampled some of Spengler's work as well.
Oh, and a brief rundown of Spengler's thought, in case you're interested.
One wonders whether the whole thing was just an enormous trolling effort to get Donaldson to explain what the fuck he was thinking.