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  1. Winston's Avatar
    Like everything else, communication has become automated and impersonal. The Postal Service was the last bastion of people-centric communication. A person wrote the letter. Another person carried the letter. Finally, you read the letter. Then, perhaps you respond. Place a pen on paper, lick and seal an envelope. All very visceral.
    Now we get computer generated emails, that our computers sort, and we "click" on, or not. And, in no time, a drone will be dropping your parcel on your porch. Leave some cookies for the drone, if you like.
    Many writers have broached the topic of an Artificial Intelligence takeover. Of all the methods that A.I. may conquer us, one victory is often overlooked.
    They are simply turning us into them.
  2. escorial's Avatar
    Getting in and out of a bean bag is a good indicator of time moving on...
  3. Myk3y's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Winston
    I dabbled in Piers Anthony for a short time. I was just experimenting. It was a youthful indiscretion.
    I said two "Our Padre Asimovs" and one "Hail Heinlein". Clutched my Dilithum beads. Confessed to my Mr Spock action figure.
    But am I forgiven?
    Mr. Anthony is capable of leaving magic out of his writing, especially as a Space Tyrant, but I feel he is neither Arthur nor Martha far too often than is comfortable.

    To call it a crime against nature smacks of KKKism, but somewhere in the reptilian hindbrain you know it's just not right.

    Having succumbed, I'm not sure you can ever be clean again... forgiveness is between you and your maker.
  4. Winston's Avatar
    I dabbled in Piers Anthony for a short time. I was just experimenting. It was a youthful indiscretion.
    I said two "Our Padre Asimovs" and one "Hail Heinlein". Clutched my Dilithum beads. Confessed to my Mr Spock action figure.
    But am I forgiven?
  5. Myk3y's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bdcharles
    Remind me never to ask you to beta read for me
    You would be surprised at the length and depths to which I will go to be sated...
  6. Myk3y's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin
    Barbarella? Surely she's as smoking * erm* as interesting as any Frazetta cover image, which by the way, did 'cover' both genres - as in Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Conan. Or are you going to say Deja Thoris ( -rhymes with..) is fantasy? It took took place in space, didn't it? I mean Mars...
    Presactly! I don’t need love potions to get me, ahem, ready. A tight spandex unitard and an oversized Ray-gun is perfectly adequate.

    But, I believe you’ve become fixated by the shape of the leaves, while the forest burns - WHY DO I HAVE TO TRIP OVER ALL THIS RIDICULOUS IRONMONGERY IN ORDER TO FIND A PORTAL?

    I actually don’t mind magic, and such - Charlie N. Holmberg and Ben Aaronovitch and China Mielville are three of my favourite authors - I’m a big H.Potter fan, and I cut my literary teeth on Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, et al,

    Its not the genre, per se, it’s the association.

    Would you see a Romance and Erotic Fiction section (I know that it’s hard to wedge a fag paper between them, sometimes), or a Politics and Comedy section?

    So why conflate two such wildly differing genres?

    Of course it has to do with the history of paperback publishing, and how certain publishers had both genres as leading parts of their catalogues and so you saw them grouped together at trade shows and that ended up being replicated on bookshelves.

    But, it’s time to stop! No need.
  7. Kevin's Avatar
    Barbarella? Surely she's as smoking * erm* as interesting as any Frazetta cover image, which by the way, did 'cover' both genres - as in Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Conan. Or are you going to say Deja Thoris ( -rhymes with..) is fantasy? It took place in space, didn't it? I mean Mars...
    Updated January 27th, 2019 at 06:32 AM by Kevin
  8. bdcharles's Avatar
    Remind me never to ask you to beta read for me
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