Pixel Scroll 4/8/16 “…And He Built A Crooked Mouse.”

(1) GALAXY QUEST BURIED TOO? Australia’s News.com says two Galaxy Quest stars are making contradictory statements about the sequel’s future.

Sam Rockwell (“Guy Fleegman”) told The Nerdist podcast that it’s dead, Jim —

IT APPEARS the untimely death of much-loved actor Alan Rickman earlier this year has nixed any hope of a sequel to the 1999 sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest.

Rickman’s co-star in the film, Sam Rockwell, revealed that talks were underway to make a follow-up to the cult classic, which saw a bunch of former sci-fi TV stars enlisted to save the world in a real-life battle against alien forces.

“We were ready to sign up for it,” Rockwell reveals on the Nerdist podcast.

“You know, Alan Rickman passed away. And then Tim Allen wasn’t available. He has a show. Everybody’s schedule was all weird. We were going to do this sequel on Amazon. It was going to shoot, like, right now.”

The deciding factor in the sequel not going ahead, Rockwell says, was Rickman’s death in January this year aged 69. Rickman passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. “How do you fill that void of Alan Rickman?” asks Rockwell.

Tim Allen, on the other hand, told The Hollywood Reporter immediately following Rickman’s death that it was still on:

“I’m not supposed to say anything — I’m speaking way out of turn here — but Galaxy Quest is really close to being resurrected in a very creative way. It’s closer than I can tell you but I can’t say more than that. The real kicker is that Alan now has to be left out. It’s been a big shock on many levels,” he said at the time.

(2) KZIN ON LINE TWO. ZD Net reports “World’s brightest X-ray laser boosted with $1 billion upgrade”. David K.M. Klaus jokes, “Looks like Chuft-Captain is going to get a powerful enough X-Ray Laser for the Lying Bastard in time for the trip to the Ringworld.”

The world’s brightest X-ray laser, SLAC’s LCLS, has received a $1 billion cash injection to vastly improve its capabilities and our understanding of how the world works on the atomic level.

The Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, is the home of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) laser system, a critical component for researchers working on atom-based projects.

(3) GETTING WISDOM. Whiting Awards winners get financial counseling in addition to money. The New York Times explains in “Helping Writers With a Windfall Avoid a Downfall”.

“I might be close to solvent,” the poet and essayist Brian Blanchfield said, “but I still think like a deeply insolvent person.”

Mr. Blanchfield, 42, was in a conference room near Times Square recently as part of an unusual group: 10 sometimes-struggling writers suddenly in possession of $50,000 each. Winners of the 2016 Whiting Awards, given annually to up-and-coming authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama, they were learning how to handle not just the unexpected payouts but also the complicated emotions that money can inspire: ignorance, confusion, shame, panic, the occasional bout of inchoate elation….

Mitchell S. Jackson, 40 and the author of a novel and a book of essays and short stories, said that until recently he supported himself largely through teaching. At one time, he taught something like eight classes, paying between $1,800 and $5,500 each, at different colleges. He made a lot less than he had when he worked at his first job, dealing crack and other drugs as a teenager in Portland, Ore….

(4) THANK COG IT’S FRIDAY. The PRI radio show Science Friday this afternoon included a segment on “Telling the Story of Climate Change — In Fiction”(“Cli-Fi”) reports Rich Lynch. “Pablo Bacigalupi was one of the guests (via telephone). There was some interesting discussion about his novel The Water Knife.”

(5) WILL GALAKTIKA PAY? The story takes a promising turn – in “Galaktika Magazine: Statement from Istvan Burger” A. G. Carpenter reports:

Istvan Burger, publisher of Metropolis Media and Galaktika Magazine, has issued a statement regarding the reports of massive theft of translated work over the past decade.

Mandiner Magazine has a brief summary and the full statement in Hungarian here.

It seems that Burger is offering to compensate authors effected by the theft and admits that the foreign acquisitions have been mishandled and they “did not act with due diligence, caution, or even speed.” 

(6) GOURMAND AT LARGE IN LA. Here’s how John Scalzi tapered off from yesterday’s In-N-Out burger lunch.

(7) FAVORITES. Wim E. Crusio begins compiling his “Favorite science fiction classics (I)”. His first three picks are Time Enough for Love, The Witches of Karres, and The Left Hand of Darkness. He explains why. I don’t recall ever seeing Time Enough for Love on anybody’s list of favorites before. (I’ve read it a couple times — I’m not pointing that out because I disliked the book.)

(8) TODAY IN HISTORY

  • April 8, 1990 Twin Peaks premieres on ABC

(9) MORE REACTION TO DRAGON AWARDS.

Jason Sanford makes a powerful suggestion.

At The Other McCain “Wombat-socho” writes —

I am probably the last person to find out that Dragon*Con, probably the largest non-comics convention in fandom, has finally bestirred itself and created its own set of awards – the Dragon Awards. This has been greeted with much glee by Sad and Rabid Puppies alike, with Declann Finn going so far as to declare victory. I’d say he and our Supreme Dark Lord are probably correct in predicting that the Dragons will almost certainly eclipse the Hugos, given the much larger voting base which makes any kind of gaming the nominations or the final vote futile. Looking forward to seeing how it works out.

So futile that Vox Day immediately set out to do that very thing?

I am registered to vote in the Dragon Awards and I would encourage you to do so as well. I’ll post my recommendations here the week after the Hugo shortlist is announced, in the event that any of you might happen to be curious about them.

Louis Antonelli isn’t completely opposed to gatekeeping, otherwise he wouldn’t be able to slam the door on fandom.

Sgt. Mom concludes “Another Round of Puppy Saddening” with an endorsement of the Dragon Awards, at Chicago Boyz.

To some followers of the Sad Puppy Saga situation, the whole matter of a prestigious award in science fiction being bestowed by a diminishing number of Worldcon members seemed quite pointless. They pointed out in comments and blog-posts, that Worldcon is becoming a smaller and more inward-turning science fiction gathering. Why shouldn’t a larger fan-convention gathering work up their own awards, and let the Hugos no-award themselves out of existence. Behold, in this last week, a massive, popular and long-established convention of science fiction and gaming enthusiasts – Dragon-con – has come up with their own proposals, to recognize and award not just a wide range of books and authors, but movies, and games as well. That should prove … interesting to say the least.

Sean O’Hara opines, “What the World Needs Now Is Another Sci-Fi Award Like I Need a Hole in My Head” at Yes, We Have No Culottes.

That being said, not all awards are created equal. That awards are inherently flawed doesn’t mean that some aren’t more flawed than others. The people championing the Dragon Awards (inevitably to be known as the Draggies) seem to think that the award will be better than the Hugos because DragonCon has a larger voter base than WorldCon. But, again, DragonCon is a regional convention. You get a larger sample size, but of a smaller cross-section of society. It’s already bad enough that SF awards are dominated by American tastes without narrowing it further to a specific section of the United States. The people championing the new award aren’t really doing it because of the larger voter base. They’re doing it because it’s nice and provincial — it’s not gonna be tainted by all those damned foreigners and their fellow travelers with their cosmopolitan tastes. This is going to be an award for Hobbits, picking out works full of nice, Hobbity sentiments, and the fact that not anyone outside the Shire will give a damn … well, nothing outside the Shire matters anyway.

Brad Torgersen told his Facebook friends.

And so: the final nail in the coffin of the Hugo awards. Looks like the Dragon Award is basically going to be doing everything Sad Puppies was hoping to get the Hugos to eventually do, but Dragon Con is doing it without having to wade through all the histrionic, caterwauling drama that resulted from the self-appointed defenders of Worldcon correctness and propriety throwing the genre’s all-time biggest temper tantrum. I raise my glass to this, and predict that within ten years, a gold-foil DRAGON AWARD label on a book is going to routinely replace both NEBULA and HUGO labels.

(10) SQUEAKING GATE. There is GamerGate mess around Baldur’s Gate now. Katherine Cross sums it up in an opinion piece “The Siege of Dragonspear drama and the video game community” at Gamasutra.

The past week has seen an explosion in drama amongst a particularly vocal minority of gamers angry about the inclusion of what they see as “social justice” themes into Beamdog’s Baldur’s Gate expansion The Siege of Dragonspear. The conflagration has a few sources; some players are complaining about bugs they claim Beamdog has been slow to fix, but that has been disingenuously used as a figleaf by some of the outraged crowd to mask the true source of their vitriol. Said source is elaborated on in this Niche Gamer article, which complains about–among other things–the very brief inclusion of a trans woman character who has only a minor speaking role, a silly “actually, it’s about ethics…” joke, a Goblin who calls your character racist, and the “sultry voiced rogue” Safana becoming a “sarcastic dissenter” who occasionally insults the player character.

An interesting tweet regarding this:

(11) CASHING IN THOSE COMICS. Yahoo! News knows about a “Superhero Dad Selling 5,000 Classic Comic Books for Daughter’s College Tuition”. See the benefits when people’s collections don’t get tossed?

Al Sanders may have spent his entire life reading about superheroes in his vast classic comic book collection, but now he’s turning into a real-life superhero by selling them all to help fund his daughter’s college tuition.

“As all parents who have college-age kids, we started putting together what it was going to cost and what we needed to do,” the doting dad from Seattle told ABC News of his decision to sell. “You start looking at those options you have, and my comic books were an option. That’s when I looked at their value, and I’m now trying to find a good home for them.”

[Thanks to Hampus Eckerman, Rich Lynch, Cat Eldridge, John King Tarpinian, Andrew Porter, and Will R. for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Daniel Dern.]

278 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 4/8/16 “…And He Built A Crooked Mouse.”

  1. Happy Powers of Two Day; it’s 2^2/2^3/2^4 (for the common abbreviation of the year’s value.

    Meanwhile, in Gotham City, Two-Face is more manic than the Joker.

  2. Went through the comments on Torgersen’s post on the Dragons. As expected, Torgersen himself included the following: “I have to think the hard-core Pravda 770ers are not pleased with this development. Sad Puppies was an underground grass roots affair. DragonCon is where all the cool people went, when they got tired of Worldcon; and Dragoncon has money and support that dwarfs WSFS. Talk about having your thunder stolen.”

    Odd, the two reactions I saw here were 1) Good on them, hope things work out for it. 2) Boy is that announcement disorganized.

    Torgersen also proclaimed that within less than 10 years a gold “Dragon Winner” emblem will replace “Hugo Winner” on books, and that it’ll be so much harder to game a system with, he projects, 15-25K voters. A vote done solely by email. With no tie to the real world like having a paid for membership. That’s just adorable. (See “Boaty McBoatface”, which last I checked at more than 25K Internet votes).

  3. Brad, you are one sour puppy. People should hire you to smother joyful things.

  4. (9) MORE REACTION TO DRAGON AWARDS. – It never quite hit me, but a lot of the Pups and their fellow travellers are very much into the whole zero-sum world-view. The concept that things can grow, or that people can, say care about representation while still caring about “the really important stuff” seems really alien to them.

    (10) SQUEAKING GATE. – Gah. This, together with what was done to Rapp is letting the mouthbreather division do their eternal victory dance. Idiots.

    One of my favourite recent references was from either the the Loki comics, where his case file reference for investigating Thor is called “Actually it’s about ethics in hammer-wielding” (The usual suspects whined about that too, and were similarly laughed at

    Ed Greenwood is great. He and his Forgotten Realms stuff were responsible for a significant portion of my allowance suddenly and regularly disappearing way back when.

  5. “Sad Puppies was an underground grass roots affair.”

    This appears to be a definition of “underground” and “grass roots” with which I was not hitherto familiar. That said, I heartily wish the Puppies well with the Dragon Awards!

    will there be a voter packet? Can I have one?

  6. Question for the Wombat – if grassroots are above ground, isn’t something wrong with the lawn?

    The whole chuckling about DragonCon awards is, as pointed out, zero sum – which seems to encapsulate rightwing nutjobbery in general – there’s no win win, it’s all I’ve got mine so fuck you – the concept of society and cooperation seems to have flown straight by them.

    Having said that, if Ancillary Mercy wins, or Patricia Briggs, or any other non-manly man book, for that matter, I will laugh my ass off. Also when VD gets caught trying to fix the Dragonconnies in some quarter-baked manner (like Goodreads) I will also chuckle.

  7. Torgersen also proclaimed that within less than 10 years a gold “Dragon Winner” emblem will replace “Hugo Winner” on books, and that it’ll be so much harder to game a system with, he projects, 15-25K voters.

    There’s something almost beautiful about watching someone yell that their inevitable victory is only a decade away.

    I hope no one tells him the vote totals for the last Goodreads Choice awards. I don’t want anyone to crush his gentle and innocent spirit.

  8. I’m reminded of a take-off Harry McCracken did on art correspondence schools, in which the pitchman states, “I’m so confident of your success as a Swerdlow graduate that I positively predict it!” (“Order now, or face a life of regret and a pauper’s grave!”)

  9. With all the sad puppy attention on the Dragon Awards, the thought suddenly hit me*: why has there been so little focus from the puppies on other sci-fi awards? Why not the Nebulas? Why not the Locus awards? It just seems like they’ve been treating the Hugo as if it were the only award with any prestige, and that if the Hugos went bad, something entirely new would be needed in their place.

    Maybe I just missed something a year or two back.

    It also just hit me** that today was Powers of Two day. I’ve got to get on top of my numerically significant dates!

    *Back of the head. Five iron.

    **Front of the head. Custard pie.

  10. Baldur’s Gate is fantasy! Everyone knows that there are no trans people in fantasy worlds! That’s totally unrealistic! Rawr SJW arglebargle!

    …oooookay then…

  11. 7) I’m unsurprised to hear Time Enough for Love is someone’s favorite book. It’s somewhat ambitious and contains some of Heinlein’s best writing. I grant you the book sprawls a bit. I personally greatly prefer that to a parceled-out hexadecology. I don’t think it’s his best, but I return to it often.

  12. @Dawn

    I wonder if the whiner division are at all familiar with D&D things like Girdle of Femininity/Masculinity. They may just get shocked.

  13. I seem to recall all the Bold Puppy Predictions last year about how they were going to Sweep the Hugo Awards with their Multitudes of Real Fans.

    They haven’t even wiped the egg off their faces yet, and they’re already preparing the next round of it for themselves, declaring how the Dragon Awards have already made the Hugo Awards obsolete.

    This is going to be fun to watch.

  14. @snowcrash:

    The extremely cynical part of me thinks the whiner division isn’t comfortable with women in their fantasy unless they’re women from their fantasies.

    Now to watch the most gender-bending anime I can think of…
    Sailor Stars? Brain, you fail. Utena! Yeah, that might work…

  15. (7) Time Enough for Love

    I think I read that years ago. Is that the one where one of a set of telepathic twins goes to space, one remains behind on Earth, and due to relativistic effects the space twin ends up marrying his great-great-grandniece?

    If so, yeah, there may be a reason it usually didn’t make anybody’s best-of list.

    EDIT: Oops, sorry, just looked–that’s Time for the Stars.

  16. (1) GALAXY QUEST BURIED TOO?
    Without Alan Rickman, it just won’t be the same.

    (9) MORE REACTION TO DRAGON AWARDS.
    A short fiction award to honour Eugie Foster? I like the idea. But in relation to the Dragoncon Awards, I don’t know.

    Sgt. Mom: an example of xkcd386.

    To some followers of the Sad Puppy Saga situation, the whole matter of a prestigious award in science fiction being bestowed by a diminishing number of Worldcon members seemed quite pointless. They pointed out in comments and blog-posts, that Worldcon is becoming a smaller and more inward-turning science fiction gathering.

    I can’t take their writing seriously if they can’t be bothered doing the minimal amount of fact-checking. The historical Hugo nomination historical figures are low, though in recent years, since 2010(?) the numbers have been rising, not diminishing. How hard is it to use Google?

    (10) SQUEAKING GATE.
    Ed Greenwood has more to say on his Facebook as reported here.

    (11) CASHING IN THOSE COMICS.
    Supply & demand. If everyone else hadn’t tossed their comic collection, then those 5,000 comic books would be worth much less.

  17. One of the quote repeats the oft-repeated statement that Worldcon attendance is shrinking. It isn’t, you know. It’s simply not growing by leaps and bounds the way I guess these people think it’s supposed to be. In their world, if you’re not doubling in size annually, and if you don’t have tens or hundreds of thousands of people queuing up months in advance, you’re not real.

    Worldcon’s attendance is actually broadly steady, and has been for most of the past twenty to thirty years. The variations are mainly regional, caused by holding the convention in relatively out-of-the-way places sometimes. In a way it’s a pity that we hit peak attendance in 1984 (my first SF convention, actually). That was something of an aberration against the longer-term trend, but it has led people to keep predicting the immediate death of Worldcon because nobody will show up now for more than thirty years.

    Worldcon has been dying since before I was born. It’s amazing how lively something that’s so dead can be.

  18. #4 – that’s Paolo Bacigalupi, surely, not Pablo?

    #9 – we’ll see. There’s room for lots of awards. More power to them, and I’m not worried about the Hugos.

  19. (8) It’s the armistice of the Puppy Wars! Huzzah!

    Seriously, if the Puppies have taken this as the signal to pack up their drama and go home, I don’t see how anyone on any side loses.

  20. @Tom Galloway

    re: torgersen comments

    And somebody’s already complaining about SJWs infiltrating the Dragon awards, and how constant vigilance will be needed to prevent their being stolen.

    This makes my head hurt. How can people stand to live in such a state of paranoia and entitlement?

  21. I wonder where Sgt Mom gets her information. After all, when she says “They pointed out in comments and blog-posts, that Worldcon is becoming a smaller and more inward-turning science fiction gathering.” she’s saying something that is demonstrably false, since Worldcon was growing and becoming more diverse well before the Pups got their campaigns going.

    But that’s not the silliest thing said today. That goes to Brad: “And so: the final nail in the coffin of the Hugo awards.” Yes, an award of unknown effectiveness that hasn’t even completed its first cycle of existence is the “final nail”. Sure. You keep thinking that. That’s the kind of insightful analysis we’ve come to expect from Bran Torgersen, genre fiction’s most clueless man.

    And:

    Looks like the Dragon Award is basically going to be doing everything Sad Puppies was hoping to get the Hugos to eventually do

    So Brad was hoping to have an award that was an organizational mess that can’t even do proper proofreading? Oh, right, he’s a Baen author. They don’t bother with proofreading.

    Oh, and:

    I raise my glass to this, and predict that within ten years, a gold-foil DRAGON AWARD label on a book is going to routinely replace both NEBULA and HUGO labels.

    It seems that no one has told Brad about the existence of the Locus Award. Or the Goodread’s Reader’s Choice Award. They are free awards that anyone can participate in. The Locus Award has been around since the 1970s, and somehow it hasn’t managed to supplant the Hugos or the Nebulas. But sure, you keep thinking that a decade from now your ship will come in. It’ll be happening any day. Any day now. Real soon. Yep.

  22. Dawn Incognito said:

    Now to watch the most gender-bending anime I can think of…
    Sailor Stars? Brain, you fail. Utena! Yeah, that might work…

    They Were Eleven or Simoun, perhaps?

  23. Brad T –

    Looks like the Dragon Award is basically going to be doing everything Sad Puppies was hoping to get the Hugos to eventually do

    Awesome. So the Puppies are irrelevant now and can fade away into obscurity now that an award has come forward that suits them instead of continuing to try and whimper the Hugos into doing what they want (instead of trying to be an active participant in the process).

    Glad that chapter is over.

  24. With all the sad puppy attention on the Dragon Awards, the thought suddenly hit me*: why has there been so little focus from the puppies on other sci-fi awards? Why not the Nebulas? Why not the Locus awards? It just seems like they’ve been treating the Hugo as if it were the only award with any prestige, and that if the Hugos went bad, something entirely new would be needed in their place.

    1. They can’t really manipulate the Nebulas. The Nebula Awards are voted on by the members of SFWA, and a number of the prominent Puppy supporters aren’t members because they had a political snit fit. There is no way the Pups can try to get the Nebulas to vote in a way they want them to be voted, so they pooh-pooh it.

    2. Many of the Pups don’t really seem to know much about the landscape of the genre fiction award field. Some, like Torgersen, simply don’t seem to know much about the history and shape of the field they write in, and others are simply new to this side of the genre fiction world, and have been told by their leaders that the Hugos are the only thing that matters.

  25. I think I read that years ago. Is that the one where one of a set of telepathic twins goes to space, one remains behind on Earth, and due to relativistic effects the space twin ends up marrying his great-great-grandniece?

    No. Time Enough for Love is the one where Lazaraus Long goes back in time and lays the groundwork for an incestuous relationship with his mother.

  26. TIL the “Chicago Boyz” blog still exists.

    Meanwhile, I haven’t seen this much premature celebration since the Marco Rubio campaign.

    Too soon?

  27. @Aaron

    Yeah, I realized that after I’d typed. Those incest themes get quite squicky after a while though.

  28. If you look at the Steam reviews for the Baldurs Gate expansion:
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/385970/
    there are a couple of commonalities.

    The initial release had some bugs that have not been resolved. Many of the positive reviews (prior to the last couple of days) mentioned the various bugs. The game was released less than 2 weeks ago. There are 250 reviews and they are “mostly positive.” Most of the reviews in the last couple of days were negative, but most were complaints about bugs.

    Bugs on initial release are not uncommon. Most reviews of the expansion are positive. The initial Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition has been very well received with good sales. I do a lot of game reviewing for RPGs and Wargames on multiple websites. Whomever the “gamers gate” people are they are a very small segment of the PC gaming market and don’t seem to have a lot of pull.

    Original Baldur’s Gate characters are frequently voted as some of the best of all time. Minsc comes up in most any conversation about memorable D&D computer characters.

    This is a minor bout of negative reviews. Once the bugs are fixed, this will probably be a popular release. Many reviews comment about the political aspect of some reviews and discount them.

    Assuming the bugs are fixed, this will be a profitable game. The team that released the game has a good track record and I’m reasonably confident this will be a profitable venture.

    Although factually accurate, the 770 story is misleading.

  29. Re (1)

    Fuck.

    Re (9)

    These people are becoming tedious.

    Re (10)

    See (9). Are these old people trying to get the young folk and their devil music off their lawn?

    @Jim

    No, not too soon.

  30. Torgersen also proclaimed that within less than 10 years a gold “Dragon Winner” emblem will replace “Hugo Winner” on books, and that it’ll be so much harder to game a system with, he projects, 15-25K voters. A vote done solely by email. With no tie to the real world like having a paid for membership. That’s just adorable.

    I don’t think the probably-soon-to-be-renamed Dragon Awards will get nearly that much participation, especially not in the first couple of years. But lets assume they do. I think the Pups are celebrating very prematurely, because I’m reasonably certain that if high school students and lovers of fantasy romance find out about these awards, nothing the Pups like will ever win again. If that happens its going to be wins by authors like Diane Gabaldon, Marissa Meyer, Veronica Roth, and Rick Riordan all the time.

  31. Although factually accurate, the 770 story is misleading.

    As the story here isn’t about the bug reports, can you explain how it’s misleading?

  32. 3) Sounds like a good idea. Wonder if any of the authors do anything different as a result though?

  33. (6) Butter with oatmeal? Who besides Scalzi does that? Is this a regional thing? Butter can go with grits, but oatmeal should have something on the spectrum from cream to skim milk, in my experience.

    As for powers of 2, just wait until 2048.

  34. Re The Dragon Awards and the soi-disant demise of the Hugos that it will cause, per Mr. Torgersen

    Really? I don’t see it. The Goodreads awards didn’t destroy the Hugos. Neither did the Locus Award, or the Prometheus Award, or any of the other many awards in SF.

    Me, I sincerely hope that the Puppies don’t wind up distorting the DragonCon awards to their narrow tastes before the award has a chance to find its footing. I somehow think that the works of Castalia House do not represent the mainstream of fans who’d be interested in Dragon Con and its award.

  35. If you look at the Steam reviews for the Baldurs Gate expansion:
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/385970/
    there are a couple of commonalities.

    I checked it out and I only see negative reviews for the first several pages. Only people who purchased the game can review it, so the only way most haters can express their opinion is to systematically upvote the negative reviews and downvote anything positive. It does seem that some bought it just to hate it – that’s commitment! – and I can find 25 instances of “SJW” on that page so far as well as some transphobic slurs.

  36. Colin: It does seem that some bought it just to hate it – that’s commitment! – and I can find 25 instances of “SJW” on that page so far as well as some transphobic slurs.

    Never let it be said that a lot of people who are racist, misogynist, homophobic, and/or transphobic are not willing to put their money where their hateful mouths are. 🙄

  37. Question for the Wombat – if grassroots are above ground, isn’t something wrong with the lawn?

    In a lawn, probably.

    There’s a metric kajillion species of grasses, so I won’t presume to speak for all of them–somewhere there may be a grass with cheerfully above-ground roots like glorified cypress knees. But generally with grasses, you want most of the activity underground.

    Among prairie species, some can have roots six to ten times longer than the bits aboveground, like icebergs.

  38. It seems that no one has told Brad about the existence of the Locus Award. Or the Goodread’s Reader’s Choice Award.

    I don’t think it’s fair to put the onus on others for this @Aaron. Recent times have shown that Brad has an impressive ability to not listen to things that people are actually saying.

    @airboy – re-read the opening paragraph of the article (assuming you actually read it in the first place – nothing you’ve said seems to relate to what the article is talking about).

  39. Aaron on April 8, 2016 at 7:55 pm said:
    No. Time Enough for Love is the one where Lazaraus Long goes back in time and lays the groundwork for an incestuous relationship with his mother.

    After being cloned into identical twin sisters, who demand he impregnate them before he tries the time-travel stunt to go meet his family, including having that incestuous relationship with his mother.

  40. RedWombat on April 8, 2016 at 9:06 pm said:
    Question for the Wombat – if grassroots are above ground, isn’t something wrong with the lawn?

    In a lawn, probably.

    Among prairie species, some can have roots six to ten times longer than the bits aboveground, like icebergs.

    Which people should be getting off of? *shakes cane*

    [Grapevines send their roots deep, 20 feet below not unheard of. No aerial roots though. For those you might want to look at banyans, mangroves etc., not grasses AFAIK ]

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