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  1. Seli

    The world after the pandemic

    We can only hope that a big consequence will be that the people who cannot stay at home and work from a laptop get a lot more respect, and pay. They are to a large extent the ones that have to carry the burden of keeping our societies going. edited to add: And since the complete stop of travel has clearly shown the impact of AirBnB on rental markets worldwide it is likely companies like that will be much more harshly regulated.
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    Will We Stand The Corona Test of Time? - Covid #7

    Some data on that from the Netherlands (blue hospitalization, red deaths), not all deaths were of people that were hospitalized. Not all data is complete. https://i.imgur.com/GmMayUe.png https://nos.nl/artikel/2328082-zeker-helft-coronadoden-had-onderliggende-aandoening-twee-derde-is-man.html Generally the Netherlands barely tests, so this only gives a rough idea.
  3. And of course (and UK government is hardly unique in this) low pay jobs don't take any skills and anyone can be a fruit-picker, nurse, cleaner, teacher, construction worker, warehouse worker. And be good at it.
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    Starting to go through nominations, I am utterly under-read in short fiction last year. And I did not get around to most of the big-hype novels of 2019, but plenty of others will nominate those of course.
  5. 20 years? Hence the 20 years. It is only viable when the generations that didn't want to leave are a majority.
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    Gun Control

    This is why control makes sense actually. You get to slap all the responsibility, liability, fines on those who are careless. Not storing your gun properly, not storing your ammunition properly; fine but you are responsible for all damages.
  7. I'd say this closer to Sword & Sorcery than to Epic Fantasy, so I am fine with the intentions and details of big nation states staying vague.
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    Amazing Book Deals: The Third

    As far as I can tell limited to the US/Canada: Debut novels published by TOR for $2.99 https://www.torforgeblog.com/2019-ebook-sale/ highlights seem to be: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey But I might have missed the buzz about some of the other titles
  9. Even more fun, at least in some cases the Dutch subtitles use the Polish names while the dialogue uses the English version, the one I most notice it with is Roach subtitled as Płotka.
  10. It seems to be a common trope though, powerful beings binding themselves by rules. I would expect it to make sense to many people. Especially with all the exposition about trying to be moral when you can't even know what is the lesser evil. It makes sense a full body magical rebuild for her, to get the power in society she clearly wants, and to escape from the prejudice she explicitly was exposed to in her past. The nudity to me (also in the tower) was more a mere presence than intended as titillating, but that clearly is a case where personal interpretation is very important.
  11. I am halfway through now, and I am liking the show so far. It is nothing too deep or boringly epic, but nice and interesting. Well done sword and sorcery rather than epic fantasy. The timelines and timeskips building on each other work well for me. And I really enjoy how they mostly manage to match the themes of the storylines in each episode.
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    Amazing Book Deals: The Third

    The Dreaming Stars by Tim Pratt and its sequels are £0.99 each today directly from the publisher. https://www.angryrobotbooks.com/books/sale/
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    Amazing Book Deals: The Third

    Some available from the Netherlands, so anyone's guess where else: Player of Games by Ian Banks is on sale for 0.99 Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky 0.99 Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers 0.99
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    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    I haven't read much new stuff so far, and have a horrible memory for short fiction. However, in novels: The Rosewater Redemption by Tade Thompson would be a great candidate. But suffers because it works best in conjunction with the 2 previous books in the trilogy (The Rosewater Insurrection is also eligible this year). The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley of course. There is a bunch more that I expect might come far, but haven't personally read yet.
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    Amazing Book Deals: The Third

    This is how you lose the time war by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone is currently on sale for €0.99 in Europe at least. and Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines is on sale for €2 + tax worldwide as far as I can tell.