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Feedback / In Dark Service
« on: June 23, 2014, 02:19:44 PM »
Is Stephen Hunts Author Corner going to be expanded to have an 'In Dark Service' section?

Enquiring minds want to know...


Feedback / Re: Daisy sentient sentences
« on: June 23, 2014, 02:12:26 PM »
Admonished the aged wizard as his young apprentice stood with his hand in a bucket of water from which emanated wisps of steam.

Starfarer's Tavern / A superior intellect
« on: October 09, 2013, 09:09:42 AM »
Now here’s a thought. In Count to a Trillian and its sequel The Hermetic Millennia we have one Illation Montrose who was initially a normal but intelligent human. He then inject a serum which makes him a post human genius dramatically increasing the power of his brain. He is able for example to logically divide up his mind to deal with different tasks or problems. It also gives him the ability to control his body down to a cellular level. At one point he adjusts his eye’s sensitivity and image processing sped to give him an advantage. Despite all of these improvements and vast intellect Montrose remains human with very human emotions including anger and bearing grudges.

Now the crux of this post – is it reasonable to assume that a superior intellect would still retain normal human emotions?

Just wondering…

Saying hello / Re: Hi all, any old Bablylon 5 fans here?
« on: October 09, 2013, 07:42:01 AM »
What surprises me about Babylon 5 is that its not being re-run on any of the UK cable channels. It would make a welcome change to all the various flavours of Star Treck that keep getting shown.

I wonder if the studio is asking to much...


Starfarer's Tavern / Re: What is it with dragons?
« on: October 09, 2013, 06:40:50 AM »
Aha! So you think we evolved do you?

There was a wonderful line from the comedian Sarah Milligan to one of her guests: "Just how hairy does a man need to be before they are still technicaly a monkey?"

Seems as though a few of us still have a way to go  ::)

Sliding Void / Re: Loving the Sliding Void books bigtime.
« on: May 11, 2012, 03:37:52 AM »
Just to add my vote as I have read Sliding Void and Transference Station and I'm eagerly waiting for the next one! Excellent cast of characters and an interesting story.

Bring it on!


Starfarer's Tavern / And another thing....
« on: May 04, 2012, 07:17:13 AM »
I'm having another rant!

I have just read the blurb to a new urban fantasy novel. It goes on to say "No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try." However, following the title on the cover it says that this is the first Miriam Black book. This sort of implies that there will be more Miriam Black books, so she must survive this one then. Talk about a spoiler!


Starfarer's Tavern / What is it with dragons?
« on: May 04, 2012, 04:00:03 AM »
I'm currently reading yet another story that has dragons in it. These dragons appear to be the traditional european variants with big wings (most Chinese dragons don't have wings). As the dragons are rather large and have tough scales and talons not to mention a big mouth full of very large teeth they are going to be a bit on the heavy side. in fact they are going to be very heavy indeed.

The thing is I have held Eagle Owls who are quite large but very, very light. Their bones and feathers are built for lightness as light things generally fly better than heavy things. They also need very large muscles to drive the wings. None of this is ever evident with dragons. Everyone seems to except that you can get a 5 ton lizard with bullet proof armoured scales flying by sticking a pair of wings on the side of it. It's complete and utter nonsense. You might as well make them exceptionally intelligent too.

I'm not a fan of dragons.


Another book you could try is Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy by Raymond E. Feist

It changed my opinion of fairies forever!


Sliding Void / Re: Page Numbers?
« on: March 04, 2012, 03:35:31 PM »
Hi Stephen,

Thanks for the reply - I feel honoured! I have all my e-books stored on in a library manager called calibre. I like to fill in as much information about the book as I can and it has a column for page numbers.

I probably need to get out more or up my medication  ;D



Sliding Void / Page Numbers?
« on: March 04, 2012, 01:21:11 PM »
I have just downloaded Sliding Void and Transference Station from Amazon. As they are getting excellent reviews I'm looking forward to reading them. I did notice that neither of the books from Amazon have page numbers. Does anyone have an idea how many pages are in each volume?


News / Re: For years the SFWA have been a laughingstock!!!
« on: March 04, 2012, 06:46:41 AM »
This is an excellent rant about something you obviously feel very passionate about. It didn't make a lot of sense to me as I'm a mere reader and quite naive about what goes on behind the scenes to bring an e-book offering to a web site. However, I took the time to read the rather long article that you linked to and I still don't know what SFWA is.

It seems we are at a halfway house with ebooks now well established as a medium alongside traditional paper. Unfortunately the commercial practices that evolved to serve paper books don't suite ebooks. There are going to be some winners and losers but I can see the traditional distributers and publishers desperately trying to make some money out of ebooks.


Starfarer's Tavern / Re: Is there anybody out there?
« on: February 29, 2012, 07:52:06 AM »
Well, I'm here but it seems to be like Google+ sometimes. Lots of members but no-one talks very much!


Discuss books / Re: The Whole Series?
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:30:01 AM »
Hi Scott,

There is a post in one of the Crows Nest forums that states that the final books in the Wheel of Time series is being prepared for publication about now!

I think it must be number 14 in the series.


Discuss books / Re: The Whole Series?
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:02:58 AM »
Hi Scott,

Personally, I like to buy them as they are released. This is what I'm doing with the Beyond Armageddon series. It also gives me time to read something else while I'm waiting. However, some authors do take the Mickey. I remember reading the Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War series.  These were published one a year from 2003 to 2008. I had to keep refreshing my memory as to what had happend in the previous novels  :)

Your comment about the Wheel of Time does highlight another problem though - the one of an untimely death of the author leaving a series unfinished. In the case of the Wheel of Time, I understand that Brendan Sanderson will be completing the series. With other less popular series it is not so certain that they would ever be completed.


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