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  1. My guess would be different characters in the same situation. Maybe promoting supporting cast from the first season, or maybe an entirely different setting.
  2. North Korea calls itself a democratic republic. Nobody uses that as an example of what a terrible idea democracy is.
  3. Stickers sounds good to me. Less repeat touching, and less potential for abuse than a pen. The Mittens Exhibition provided small post-it notes for visitors to place Mittens sightings on a map, and that seemed to work fine.
  4. Entirely different? Theoretically possible, I suppose, but in practice the policies of the US don't change that much when power shifts between Democrats and Republicans. Why can't a democratic state be stably communist, the same way the ones we have now are stably capitalist? Having a constitutional ban on private business doesn't mean there isn't room for a range of different political positions; quite the opposite! When the entire economy is under government control, how it should be managed is extremely important and you could have a number of different political parties espousing different policies. And that's on top of all the same non-economic political issues capitalist governments deal with.
  5. Existing copies, yes, obviously. If it gets reprinted, I would expect the new edition to say "Astounding Award" instead. With "formerly known as the Campbell Award" in a footnote somewhere inside. "Better" is subjective. GGK is an excellent writer, but Fionovar aside, my understanding is his books tend to be thinly disguised historicals that are very light on the fantasy, so I'm not surprised he gets less attention from SF awards where ideas and worldbuilding are factors. The latest Expanse novel was closer to the shortlist than Tchaikovsky, and there was also a Max Gladstone novel on the longlist. It only took 54 nominations to get on the Best Novel longlist, so if there were many standout works by men released last year, the question is why aren't people nominating them? There's no feminist conspiracy preventing them from getting on the ballot. Is it just a lack of consensus on which books were great? I do think the nomination process would be a lot better if there was some kind of public longlist available during the nomination period. I would assume because he'd have spent the whole convention not knowing if he was going to win or not. It's not the public speaking that's the issue, it's the uncertainty.
  6. Building public support for the idea seems like a reasonable first step. Until you've got agreement on the goal, how to achieve it is irrelevant (assuming you're wanting to achieve it by democratic means).
  7. Lots of people didn't know, or just didn't give it much thought, till Ng drew attention to it. It's also perfectly possible to be simultaneously proud to win an award and be aware that the name is an issue (I'm pretty sure Ng was also pleased to win!). And it's natural for people of colour to be more profoundly offended by the award being named after a racist than white people, though that's no reason for us not to recognise that their objections are well founded and support them.
  8. But not all governments are equally corrupt. And private companies without government regulation are even worse. Which is why you put in place structures to minimise the abililty of people in positions of authority to act selfishly. Constitutions, separation of powers, transparency, elections, etc. Private companies, on the other hand, are driven entirely by selfishness (and selfishness defined purely in short term financial terms, at that). So why direct it at communism in particular? They've done far less badly at handling it than the US.
  9. Of course it can be! The award has a new name, but it's still the same award, and it's entirely appropriate to refer to past winners and finalists of that award using the current name. What it used to be called is irrelevant.
  10. Nobody wants a return to the Soviet Union, any more than anyone wants Pinochet. But communism is potentially better than capitalism; governments are supposed to work for the best interests of the people, while private companies have no reason to even try. We need transparency and accountability, though.
  11. I was exaggerating a bit, but GRRM must have spoken for a couple of hours total, and Campbell came up on more than one occasion. Yep. Though putting on a WorldCon is a huge job, and pivoting to online at relatively short notice can't make it any easier. I'm unimpressed, but I'm more inclined to cut unpaid volunteers slack than many people I know (though I also totally understand why they're pissed off).
  12. I don't have an issue with the Retros, but going on about him for an hour at the Hugos was in bad taste. And all the mispronunciations in pre-recorded segments? Memory wasn't my first choice, but it was the best pure SF (rather than fantasy) and a very worthy winner.
  13. Holy Kwok Lee! But subtitling in real time must be tricky. Not many of my first choices, but generally not a bad set of winners.
  14. It's not "down to" in the sense that they're the finalists after others have been excluded in earlier rounds - there never were any others. It's not uncommon for there to be only one serious bid for a given year.
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