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#1 9 years ago

What? No vampire? Doesn't matter; this is hilarious. "Intestinal spasm of joy" will have me lol-ing at inappropriate times and places for days as it comes to mind: Interview With a Stick of Butter Whatever

I did think Scalzi passed up a great chance to ask if SoB had a stand-in for the lube scene with Maria Schneider in Last Tango In Paris (Ultima Tango A Parigi). But it was a long time ago....




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#2 9 years ago

A-hem. This is John Scalzi's little play blog we're talking about. The truly awesome Heinlein-esque Sci-Fi author? He did Old Man's War and Ghost Brigades? Almost like follow ups to Starship Troopers, and similar even to the iconic The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress - ring a bell? Surely someone knows him well enough to check his funny stuff too.

Oh damn it's hell sounding like fanboy. :'(




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#3 9 years ago

So it's John Scalzi. Yay. Old Man's war was good, Ghost Brigades was okay, and Lost Colony was so-so. I don't even know the title of the last one.




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#4 9 years ago

shit, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress is my favourite sci-fi book, I have read it dozens times when I was young, Starship Troopers was also great and I could kill Verhoeven for the weird movie he made about it




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#5 9 years ago

I re-read Moon Is A Harsh Mistress every year or so and still marvel that Heinlein wrote it more than 2 years before we merely orbited the moon. I think Heinlein cheats a bit on making computer programming sound simple; and when he treats difficult technical issue as if specialized knowledge could be directed at some thorny issue and magically resolve it. But perhaps it as Arthur C. Clarke said, and "(a)ny sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".

Heinlein thoroughly thought through the difficulties which would be faced by a non-terrestrial colony. And not just the technical and practical problems, but the social changes involved in having an off-world colony. He also perfectly captures the relative positions of "mother earth" and "colony", and what the attitudes of residents of each would be - and how they would differ.

I would urge anyone who is interested in issues of personal liberty to read Mistress. It is a brilliant study in the basic and indestructible yearning for freedom which seems inborn in humans. But beware: if you read Heinlein, you're going to have difficulty thinking that socialism/communism/statism or strong central governments in general have anything to offer mankind except chains. ;)

Oh, and Mr. Pedantic: You better wipe that smirk off your face, mister. It's a good thing for you I'm driving. But if you keep it up with that smart-aleck attitude, I promise you I will pull this car over and I will take my belt off and I will make you wish you'd kept those smart remarks to yourself. Do you hear me? Huh? Don't you look at me that way, bub!




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#6 9 years ago
Oh, and Mr. Pedantic: You better wipe that smirk off your face, mister. It's a good thing for you I'm driving. But if you keep it up with that smart-aleck attitude, I promise you I will pull this car over and I will take my belt off and I will make you wish you'd kept those smart remarks to yourself. Do you hear me? Huh? Don't you look at me that way, bub!

You're typing while you drive? Bloody hell, man! Keep your eyes on the road!

And I was being completely serious. Old Man's War is better than most sci-fi books I've read, but it slumps at an alarming rate from there.




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#7 9 years ago

It's figurative, ye idgit chiyuld. I may yet beat you on general principles.




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#8 9 years ago
It's figurative, ye idgit chiyuld. I may yet beat you on general principles.

Yeah. I sort of gathered that. Trust me, you don't want to know what I thought reading through your post.




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#9 9 years ago
Lobo;4896992shit, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress is my favourite sci-fi book, I have read it dozens times when I was young, Starship Troopers was also great and I could kill Verhoeven for the weird movie he made about it

Have mercy Lobo! He made some good movies! The one with the invicible guy was very entertaining! And Soldier of Orange was very good! I know you also liked RoboCop.. Anddd Black Book..




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#10 9 years ago

Starship Troopers was a stinkeroo of a film, I agree. And I loved Soldier Of Orange as well. Hmmm, common opinions baout films, eh?