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  • Birthday 12/15/1982

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  1. The Marquis de Leech

    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Now onto The Plague, by Albert Camus.
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    Bugger... they seem to have uploaded the non-revised version for some reason.
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    Who Pays the Coronaman? - Covid #8

    I've occasionally pondered Jacinda ringing up the Cubans, and offering to swap milk powder for sugar and doctors.
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    Who Pays the Coronaman? - Covid #8

    Oh, the economic hit to everyone will be brutal, but honestly, the New Zealand Government's (economic) handling of this has been very good. New Zealand also has the massive advantage that if things really break down, we have food. Or at least meat and dairy. It would not surprise me if the Government is dusting off old Muldoonist ideas about local production (rice in Northland, sugarbeets in South Otago? Sugar is completely imported...).
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    My sword and sorcery piece, A Breath Through Silver, now revised and reprinted in Bewildering Stories: http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue849/breath_silver1.html
  6. The Marquis de Leech

    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Currently reading a review copy of a self-published novel (the author sent me a request, and I decided to accept). I'm about a third of the way in, and... it's bad. I will finish it, since it seems the decent thing to do, but I will email the guy back to tell him I can't review it in good conscience.
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    UK Politics: Life in the Johnsonian Dystopia

    It's the Daily Mail.
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    The world after the pandemic

    Yeah, no. China's initial handling of the situation was poor, but once they realised what they had on their hands, they've made the best of a bad situation. Western Governments on the other hand...
  9. The Marquis de Leech

    The world after the pandemic

    I'm in lockdown, and I'm still shaving. A combination of disliking the itchiness and not wanting to look like a Russian Orthodox Priest.
  10. The Marquis de Leech

    Who Pays the Coronaman? - Covid #8

    FFS. Boris is not a nice man. But he is the British Head of Government. The UK actually needs a functional Head of Government in such a time. Sure, there are procedures for Acting Prime Ministers, but in the circumstances, you don't want the Actual Prime Minister to drop dead.
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    UK Politics: Life in the Johnsonian Dystopia

    I dislike the monarchy as much as anyone, but Liz is 93 (94 next month). Testing a guy who might become Head of State any moment is just common sense.
  12. Christopher was an academic too. As for Tolkien's record as an academic... one monumentally important article on Beowulf, teaching over and above the required quantity, but apart from that, less research output than what was commonly expected from someone in his position. He was, of course, spending his free time with The Lord of the Rings, but his Oxford colleagues didn't know that at the time.
  13. Ronald spent over fifty years tinkering with this material.... and he was an absolute perfectionist. By the time he died in 1973, there were multiple versions of the same chapters, countless unfinished rewrites, where he started new ideas... and a couple of cases where he hadn't touched the chapter since the 1920s. Christopher - who never wrote any fiction of his own - was the guy tasked with putting this mountain of competing and contradictory narratives into a single text. With Guy Gavriel Kay's help. The result was the 1977 Silmarillion. (Christopher then spent the following four decades giving us the various other versions of the stories).
  14. The Marquis de Leech

    Plague Lit...

    Smith's Silver Death is even more ludicrous. It kills you within seconds. But... it's fantasy?
  15. The Marquis de Leech

    The world after the pandemic

    I see traumatised policy makers deciding that economic autarky suddenly looks pretty attractive. Not necessarily North Korea style, but we are going to see a significant scaling back of globalisation.
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