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  1. Could be. I'm a Warriors fan and I know you're a Cavs fan. But I think a Houston-Philly Finals is just as likely if not more so. Not even sure if the Warriors can beat New Orleans in the 2nd round without a fully healthy Curry, and perhaps not even with him the way Holiday and Rondo are playing D. And for the Cavs, Lebron is a god, but even gods tire without enough help, and the Pacers are giving the Cavs everything they can handle right now (though I think Cleveland eventually wins that series).
  2. And now Utah dusts OKC for a 2-1 lead. The playoffs are getting interesting.
  3. Great shooting by T-Wolves to win game 3 against Houston easily.
  4. You were the one framing it as a potential success saying that “Trump” may get Kim to the table as if that in itself is a coup. It is a coup - for NK. US has given away a bargaining chip. if, say, the US gets NK to disarm (...) as a result of the meetings then that would be great. But as of now, there are no results other than the negative of giving away the bargaining chip, being spun as a positive by the usual suspects.
  5. Huh? North Korea has wanted to negotiate with every US President: Obama, W etc. We had never given it to them because it legitimizes the regime. It’s Kim that has gotten Trump to come to the table and negotiate, and Trump has gotten nothing in return for de facto legitimizing the NK regime. Great work Donnie!
  6. Why not? Don't you think US should try to defend itself from cyber attacks? Doesn't mean we have to try to bomb Moscow. Cyber-defense - and a proportional defensive response. But of course Bolton (and more importantly Trump) have no incentive for any such defense. Just the opposite. They might want to start wars elsewhere to rally election support, and that might involve bombs. But certainly not with Russia (thankfully). It's gotta be somewhere with brown people.
  7. Fox gonna fox. Their current headline on PA-18:
  8. That's right along the lines of what I was thinking! And this type attack seems to be accompanied by "the bullet" / "eye of an angry god" strange sphere of non-dark / non-light that appears on The Tempest in Persepolis Rising and that Elvi drags Miller through to kill all the proto-artifacts on Ilus in Cibola Burn. But in other situations, like when the ring gates are overloaded and eat ships, the "anti-ring-builders" seem to have a different kind of attack that is perfectly capable of killing humans too. The victims include a whole bunch of Inaros' ships in Babylon's Ashes and the battleship Barkeith that was part of Duarte's splinter faction and tries to pass through along with other ships in the epilogue to Nemesis Games. And we know those people don't just "go elsewhere," they die. Fom the point of view of Barkeith's captain, "Sauveterre did not notice his [own] death." Both types of attacks seem to cause humans to suddenly see the world around them as individual fundamental particles and waves with all the space between them, to various extents. This last effect seems most pronounced for those right at the point of attack, either going through the sphere like Elvi, or in an eaten ship like Sauveterre and Inaros. Drummer and the others in Sol system during the destruction of Pallas by The Tempest also seem to experience something like this - she notices the tea interacting with her mouth at a microscopic level - but not quite to the same extent. I'm not sure if this is because she is far away from The Tempest where the attack comes. Her chief science guy, Tur, seems to think that whatever effect it was happened everywhere at once, but it must fade away at some distance or those in other systems across the galaxy would have felt it too.
  9. Whoa cool - will have to go back and re-read. Thank you!
  10. Also Bobbie's smart/innocent nephew from Gods of Risk (and from one of the prologues) as well as Avasarala's granddaughters (one of them is Kiki) are probably in their 50s. It's implied based on name (the "Baca" part of Santos-Baca or something) that Drummer's colleague who dies on one of the city stations destroyed by the Laconian Battleship is related to Bull from Abbadon's Gate. Also there is a scientist applying for a grant to Drummer and Baca above whose name sounds like he could be the offspring of Elvi Okoye and Fayez Sarkis from Cibola Burn.
  11. I generally agree with you on both points. But I think your hypothetical spaceship debris and an alien defense system beyond the Laconia gate would just pose another mystery. No one would think Duarte's fleet had been wiped out because some who were on Medina during Babylon's Ashes would have remembered the Laconian ship that coasted back through the gate and the Laconians that then set up to defend the rail guns on the ring station. Subsequently, the message broadcast through the Laconia Gate changed to (paraphrasing) "Stay Out." How were Duarte and his people going to suddenly start sending that message after the Free Navy was wiped out at the end of Babylon's Ashes if they already had been turned into spaceship debris at the end of Nemesis Games (prior to the start of Babylon's Ashes)? So as you say, I think someone would have risked sending something through that could defend itself or evade attacks better than a probe, just to get a glimpse. That may have failed as well, but then that would have in turn raised suspicions even further, and humans might have been better prepared to think that whatever was going to come from Laconia was a major threat instead of thinking that 2 small gunships were going to be relevant at all in Medina.
  12. For those reading the 2 (actually 1.5) preview chapters on Amazon and who can't wait until tomorrow, there are a couple more chapters up on overdrive (click the "Read a Sample" button on the left below the image of the book cover).
  13. On the "sentinel" that is eating ships at the gates: I'd be very confused if it just ended up being some fueling feature of the gates. It has got to be related to what killed the proto-Masters. It is described in many terms that match or overlap with the "murder weapon" ("eye of an angry god") in Cibola Burn. You know, the one that proto-Miller leads Holden and eventually Elvi to and uses to shut down the proto-Masters' old technology that had been waking up. When humans experience it, reality dissolves into its separate atomic and subatomic particles and the human subjects "gain" the ability to sense the space between them all. Somehow Elvi survives, but notice that both Sauveterre in the epilogue of Nemesis Games and Inaros, from their points of view as they lose their lives to it notice the same phenomenon. What seemed to be matter appears to dissolve in their perception into particles with space between them. Difference is, in that strange altered state, something comes after Sauveterre and Inaros, and everyone on their ships, in a way that doesn't happen for Elvi in Cibola Burn when she experiences it. They die, she survives. Perhaps there are two somethings. The something that causes the altered perception of space that is common to the Cibola Burn murder weapon and the phenomenon at the gates, but at the gates, somehow there is also something else in that altered space or dimension that intentionally or unintentionally kills/disappears people.