Allsorted Youtube Selections

Life is sort of kicking my ass right now but I really do hate to leave the blog empty so here’s a number of youtube videos that caught my fancy recently.

Arch Warhammer presents A Truly Orky Story [23 mins]

Yes happy endings are possible even in the grimdark of WH40K.

 

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Get in the trukk boyz!!!

 

How not to invade a planet[5 mins]

Still an awesome movie just as long as you keep it completely separate from the novel.

 

Mildly annoying historian Lindybeige goes over the entire Bayeux Tapestry from beginning to end. [22 mins]

A very interesting artform if nothing else.

 

Mim Headroom reviews the Sharknado of comics [16 mins]

If you wanted an example of just how ridiculous SJW Marvel can be; this is it… and yes the guy in the wheelchair is named Wheels. There is however an excellent Hawkeye leadership moment around the twelve minute mark. Mim gives these two issues in question a 5/10 because they somehow manage to be fun.

I actually think the terrible artwork helped this series in being more fun than it actually is.”

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So yeah Occupy Avengers might be worth digging out of your local comic store’s trash bin. Such as the world we live in.

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Allsorted Youtube Selections

NerdLife 10: Most Interesting Times

Not much to say this month so let’s just get straight down to business.

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A quick Geekdom is under attack manifesto from what appears to be a fairly new site.

Remember fam, it’s all one big nerdwar. Focus on the battleground that you know best but remember that Alt-Culture is a combined arms operation. Do your duty and together we can push back the poz.

http://www.geekybugle.com/2017/10/11/united-we-stand-geekgate/

 

And in that note Space Ranger Jon Mollison gives a little pep talk to all us eager young space cadets.

http://jonmollison.com/2017/10/12/energizing-inspiration/

So grab your gyrojet carbines and get to your scout ships, boys because those space princesses aren’t going to just escape from those alien doom dungeons without somebody lending a hand, tentacle or other biomechanical grasping device.

 

Epic Viking squirrel music.

This almost seems to be two separate songs blended together. Definitely high energy and very squirrelly.

 

J D Cowan Discusses what actually made the X-Men good.

https://wastelandandsky.blogspot.ca/2017/09/the-truth-about-x-men.html

If you asked anyone in the 1990s why they liked the X-Men you would have few answers beyond the obvious. They had awesome powers. They were cool. They were distinct individuals with their own talents that backed each other up and meshed well in a group. They always take on the bad guys and put aside their own personal grudges to do so. The stories are explosive and fun.

Whatever politics the X-Men were created with were secondary to what kids enjoyed out of them.”

 

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Justin Knight reflects on what drove him to write his latest novel, Praxis.

http://grandmasfloor.blogspot.ca/2017/10/the-journey-to-praxis.html

I loved the original Alien movie, because it was basically truckers in space. With Praxis, I wanted to do a warehouse in space.”

 

Diversity and Comics reviews Shirtless Bear Fighter [22 mins]

And he’s not really a fan. This comic seems to have wasted a perfectly good concept, in favor of cramming in lame jokes and completely ham-handed sarcasm.

Edit: Oh Look Somebody decided to DMCA the video in question. How stunning and brave!

 

Interplanetary Baseball Commissioner Jon Del Arroz discusses the rise of alternative culture [13mins]

 

Brian Niemeier weighs on Comicsgate

http://www.brianniemeier.com/2017/10/comicsgate-diversity-is-conformity.html

 

Yakov Merkin‘s second article on writing non-human characters. He gets into the nuts and blots a bit here.

https://yakovmerkin.com/2017/10/02/writing-non-human-characters-part-2-pitfalls-to-avoid/

“The first pitfall is obvious. Most readers won’t question a non-human character, but, if by the middle of the book they’re wondering what exactly is alien about this character, you have a problem.”

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Looks about right

 

Paul Lucas reflects upon a Robert. E Howard poem and does an in-depth breakdown.

https://paullucaswriter.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/entropy-and-the-barbarian/

The climax of the poem is striking – the Dark Barbarian literally towers over all. He is a massive god looming over the remnants of a crushed civilisation, not just in our minds but literally.“

 

Forging a French Nail (Early WWI Trench Knife) [6 Mins]

Weapons don’t need to be fancy in order to be deadly. It’s also very sobering to contemplate that a great deal of World War I fighting was done with knives, sharpened entrenching tools or even clubs.

 

NotJohnDaker muses over how to work Vikings into the ACKS system.

https://themixedgm.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/vikings-for-acks/

As per this blog’s standard policy MOAR Vikings is better than less Vikings and I must applaud all efforts towards that noble goal.

 

Outward Bound: Colonizing Titan [31mins]

This is Titan the frozen flammable gold mine of the solar system.”

Exactly what it says on the tin. Amazing series. Certainly much better Sci-fi than Star Trek Discovery, especially when you consider that its budget could probably be calculated in ramen noodles.

 

Rawle Nyanzi gives us a post briefly discussing various highly romantic weapons that are in fact quite impractical but always seem to capture the imagination of the audience.

http://rawlenyanzi.com/romantic-weapons/

Swords, Spacefighters and Giant Robots sounds like a pretty awesome time.

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Anyway that’s all I got for now. People do seem a little interesting in further “Ice Moon Corrigan” writing so I’m trying to plan a little of that out. Corrigan was supposed to get a passing mention in Decisive Action but it’s such an interesting idea for a society that it would be a shame not to play with the ideas just a bit more. We just don’t get enough Christian fanatic super-preppers turning entire moons into heavily fortified monasteries in modern Science Fiction.

But that’s another thought for another day until then For Breyland and for glory!

—Wolfman Out–

NerdLife 10: Most Interesting Times

Looks Like It’s Time To Level The Fuck Up

Shadilay Brethren, I’d like to take the time to thank The Supreme Dark Lord, Davis Aurini, Bradford Walker and the rest of you for the absolutely ridiculous traffic spike this blog has gotten in the last two days.

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To put things into perspective a normal day around here has maybe 25-30 views. If I post a good article that gets a little buzz things might spike up to 70-100 views.

In the last three days as a result of covering the launch of Alt*Hero I have gotten, 255, 790 and 819 page views respectively. That’s what? a 2000% increase!!! Needless to say it got my attention.

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While I have no idea how many of you will stick around in order to become proper Magic Space Aryans I do hope you’ve all been entertained.

Many a truth is said in jest and I’m come to accept that such is my lot in life.

Breyland Notes: The Magic Space Aryan Racial Purity Scale

 

This is the second time I’ve a had a post go viral enough to actually scare me and if I made a complete ass of myself the first time I’d like to think that I’m a bit more seasoned and confident now.

I may surprise some of you to learn that this is supposed to be a writer’s blog. Even though it seems that I’m doing a great deal more Culture War Commentary than actual writing.

The War For The Heart Of Geekdom: What Can You Do?

 

So what do I need to do? I need to sperg less and write more.

My current main project is going to be a ‘space navy novel’ set in the Breylandverse and done in the spirit of David Weber’s early work; hopefully very short and simple.

Current working title is Decisive Action. I don’t really want to give any details until I have more of the actual work done. However one thing I find note worthy is that I’m using a lot of what on the surface appear to be ‘diversity’ characters for the reason that their divided loyalties made for a much more interesting dynamic.

 

A Chapter done in the Spirit of Pinochet (Too funny not to share immediately after I wrote it.)

A Proven Solution

 

For my older readers I’m afraid that I’m going to have to delay Brothers In The Dust for the reason that I’m not really confident enough that I can properly write small scale infantry combat. Added to the intimidation factor is that the sort of people who would buy a novel like that are going have put considerable amounts of lead down range.

I’ll probably come back to BITD once I’ve actually gotten another less ambitious story done.

I keep having to scale down and simplify. I guess that’s where the Pulp Revolution comes in.

Anyway If I go silent for a few days it’s because I’m trying to actually focus on a project and get something done. I’ll try to keep people updated but I have a lot of demons to wrestle and I don’t always have the upper hand.

Politics and the Alt-Right: I’ll comment on something if it pisses me off enough or if I need to get my thoughts written down in order to organize them. Otherwise I need to back off a bit and take care things closer to home.

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And yes I pretend to be a Viking on the Internet, I find it pisses off the right people and keeps the T-level up.

So Why Vikings?

 

I’ll finish this post with this old worldbuilding exercise; which some of you might enjoy in the wake of Alt*Hero.

Gotham and Metropolis

 

—Wolfman Out—

We are the Cult of Life. Begone ye, Thots of Death!

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Looks Like It’s Time To Level The Fuck Up

Nerdlife Nine: Alt-Culture Begins With You.

Well it’s been another month or so, which makes it time for another episode of your favourite Bargain Basement Sensor Sweep. Hey it’s easy content and people seem to like these.

 

Let’s open as usual with a song. As some of you aren’t getting enough metal in your diet.

Defenders of Valhalla by Brothers of Metal.

I’m normally not a fan of female vocals in metal but I really do have to give these guys a pass. Very catchy and excellent drinking music.

 

John C. Wright opens up on ComicsGate. The Modern Grand Master of the English Language unleashes ALL the dogs here. Highly readable and highly quotable.

http://www.scifiwright.com/2017/09/diversity-and-comics/

The fact of the matter is that SJWs cannot tell stories. We saw this same thing in the science fiction field among the Hugo nominees: the more SJW was in a story, the less drama. The reasons for this are complicated, but the basic problem is that SJWs have a worldview that is false to facts about nearly every aspect of human nature and human morality, and instead have a fake, flat, one-dimensional view which contains neither heroism nor personal responsibility.

You cannot have drama in a situation where no one is responsible for his own actions, and no one can change any outcomes.

If society or skin color is to blame for everything, and explains everything, individual action, that thing which makes drama dramatic, means nothing.

A victim who can never win, and merely whining, is not drama. An oppressor with no redeeming characteristics, who can never repent, likewise has no drama. And yet the SJW worldview allows for no other type of people: everyone is either an utterly helpless victim or an utterly irredeemable oppressor.”

 

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Back when men were men and beers ads sold beer.

 

Fishy business or business of fishy?

http://aquaculturenorthamerica.com/News/biotech-firm-addresses-taurine-deficiency-in-farmed-fish/

Any advance in aquaculture technology has to be a good thing for all of humanity. Taurine? I just hope that they aren’t feeding the fish Red Bull or anything,

 

Swineapple: Because some people take BBQ way too far.

 

Thinking through the possibilities and proving that art can inspire.

http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2010/10/01/vision-of-a-future-colony-on-the-moon/

 

Tommy guns [11 Mins]

A US army training film on the mechanics of the Thompson submachine gun.

 

I thought so but I had to check.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/what-if/what-if-shot-gun-in-space.htm

 

Indie Author and Pulp Speedster Jon Mollison discusses the rootless nature of modern fiction.

http://jonmollison.com/2017/09/11/modern-sci-fi-a-house-build-on-sand/

He quotes and links this excellent article. Well worth reading in its own right.

http://www.claremont.org/crb/article/the-politics-of-star-trek/

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Bradford C. Walker discusses one of the major differences between Old School RPGs and Modern Tabletop and how the two completely different approaches result in completely different games for two separate audiences. This leads to an insight that seems almost painfully obvious in hindsight but I’ve never seen anyone put into words.

https://bradfordcwalker.blogspot.ca/2017/09/how-to-rpg-on-mech-pilot-audience.html

In short Old School Tabletop are Strategic Games set at the platoon or company level where much of the actual work is done by NPC followers or hirelings.

While Modern Tabletop games are Tactical Games set at the squad or fireteam level where the heroes are directly involved in a much narrower focus campaign, using step by step tactics.

While in theory a very skilled Game Master could switch back and forth as circumstances dictate in reality you are going to have to pick one approach or the other for your gaming group.

 

The Alt-Right DM tells a terrifying tale of cringe and despair.

https://gamingwhileconservative.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/dungeon-level-h8/

I’ve never wanted to kill a character so bad in my life.”

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Y’all know how much of David Weber fan I am so…

http://www.superversivesf.com/2017/09/19/science-blast-tree-cats-lived/

 

A quick War Is Boring article on Political Officers in the Soviet Navy.

https://warisboring.com/so-you-want-to-be-a-soviet-naval-political-officer/

 

A sixteen minute comic nerd rant that needs more love. A month old but holds up pretty well.

The real anger begins around the ten minute mark.

 

Niche Gamer on a very interesting easter egg.

http://nichegamer.com/2017/09/19/nintendo-put-nes-golf-in-every-switch-console-as-tribute-to-satoru-iwata/

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Damn right in the feelz

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Until next time.

—Wolfman Out—

 

 

Nerdlife Nine: Alt-Culture Begins With You.

Fake Worlds Real Politics

A completely unplanned stream of thought rant.

 

Jack Posobiec rants about Star Trek Discovery being Anti-Trump [10 mins]

A little on the cringeworthy side but he’s making a lot of good points here. Forcing real world topical politics into works of fiction completely ruins them.

 

It also causes them to age very rapidly. Think of a space marines novel from 1990 where the main villain is a Saddam Hussein stand in (I know one exists.) That’s bad enough but at least there’s some sort of story there and SPACEMERICA FUCK YES!!! is a tried and tested staple of military science fiction.

The real cringe comes from when a fictional society just so happens to be having the exact same problems as the modern world despite it being the year 4273 and most of the conflict taking place on the ice moon Carride in the New Fresco system. Our stronk female character must spread progressive values to the horribly backwards ice miners who still refuse to believe in more than two genders. This is of course is in addition to fending off an invading army of Orange Hitler Clones…

There really is only so much as this you can take before you simply turn off the television or toss the book in the trash.

Message fiction sucks even when you agree with the message. For example I used to get very angry about the ‘straw liberals’ you constantly see in military science fiction. There is always somebody who wants to negotiate with Face-Eating Giant Space Spiders*…

And then I starting encountering the blue checkmark mafia on Twitter and learnt that yes American Journalists really do think actually like those characters in those novels.

…and I think that’s another rant for another time.

So? How do I go about handling politics in my writing?

Let’s start with the dirty little secret of this horribly wwwwwwacist right wing blog. I’m not actually THAT rightwing. Certainly not compared to the majority of my internet friends who seem to sleep with a MANPAD under their Confederate flag pillow and cosplay as the Shadow solely as an excuse to carry an extra pair of .45s.

The central topic of the Breyland stories is the question “what does it mean to be a nation?” This will not be the theme or main point of every story I write in that universe but it will be a constant presence in the background and intelligent self-aware characters will have to think about it. Breyland is cursed with a very serious fuzzy borders problem as their cultural and economic influence far exceeds their Space Navy’s ability to project power and defend those borders.

All of the questions I’ve had to ask myself while worldbuilding about culture, religion, race, the difference between Nation and Empire… keep leading me towards what is going to be a very right-friendly setting. Which is very interesting as I set a lot of the details down long before I was red-pilled.

Picking up those notes years later and thinking through the consequences of those details and the enormous potential for ethnic and religious conflict littered all over the place has been an awful lot of fun. For example I made the main protagonist culture intolerant of male homosexuality as I wanted to give them a flaw rather than risk letting them become complete Mary Sues. Years later hindsight is making that defining flaw look more and more like a virtue, at least in some circles.

There has been a lot of false starts in the last couple of years as I dig around in this mess for a story to tell but I seem to be making at least some head way. Slow progress is still progress.

So while there is going to be a great deal of politics in the Breylandverse stories I will do my best to make them as non-contemporary as possible and focus on making the issues of direct and logical consequence to the characters who are stuck weathering the storm (or when fortune smiles on them being the storm.)

Yes I will take the occasional shot at the Far Left but this is a setting where Communists get thrown out of helicopters every couple of decades just to keep the universities in line**. The Breyland military also finds itself fighting planetary nationalists just as often as they find themselves chasing down jungle Communists.

And as always I will let the reader judge the characters rather than simply preach down from an ideological pulpit.

Which just so happens to be the exact opposite approach mainstream science fiction like Star Trek Discovery is taking.

*As the Feegs prefer to play with their food they are usually quite happy to “negotiate.” Also leftist human females tend to be fatter than right-leaning human females and thus more delicious.

** A second exception I’m going to allow myself is the Special Intelligence Service who are basically a bunch of Alt-Right Shitlords… and yes some of them are Fake Nazis… others are actual Nazis.. just enough of them to keep things interesting.

***Disclaimer: FEGSS do not actually appear in the Breylandverse. This was completely unplanned rant and I mixed my metaphors. But don’t worry  The Feegs are patient and cunning; they will appear somewhere sometime and when you least expect it.

Fake Worlds Real Politics

Outward Bound

I was going to write something political and self important tonight but hearing the news of the death of Jerry Pournelle completely took the wind out of those sails.

The Pournelle chart, which now that I’m learning about it puts a great deal into perspective.

https://infogalactic.com/info/Pournelle_chart

Definitely explains why Nazis and Communists hated each other so much when on the surface they’re much the same thing.

 

Instead and because there’s nothing worthwhile on TV I’m going to recommend the youtube series

Outward Bound by Issac Arthur

Colonization of Mars [34 mins]

Lots of good options and info her eabout terraforming Mars

and while the Mars episode is good the Venus episode is great

Colonization of Venus [29 mins0

Floating city-states in the Venusian upper atmosphere? That’s a #Pulprev scenario right there.

Outward Bound

Nerdlife Eight: Bonus Rant Included

Nerd Life Eight: Sperg War Now!

Opening thoughts: The possible rise of Overedgy SF

Most if not all social, cultural or political movements tend to take the form of a youthful rebellion to what the previous generation held as their standard; an over-correction to the errors that generation made or a panicked attempt to avoid a repeat of a recent tragedy. French Humanism for example came about as a direct result of the French Wars of Religion and the horror that resulted from christian fighting christian over small matters of heresy.

So what will be the reaction to the curse that is Pink Slime Science Fiction? The obvious answer would be some form of self-consciously anti-SJW science fiction. The Pulp Revolution does contain some elements of this as “Write whatever the fuck you want, hombre. Just don’t make it boring.” is in fact quite opposite an mantra from anything Tor books would choose to associate with. The problem here is that new movements tend to overreact when the pendulum swings. So what I expect to see is something I for the lack of a better term am, dubbing Overedgy SF; where offending and mocking the progressive gatekeepers of the previous era is front and center.

Now we are already seeing quite a bit of this but its mostly limited to what are clearly parody stories but if an Overedgy SF movement actually begins in earnest we can expect to see some fairly serious works purposely offend and directly attack the progressive sacred cows at every beat. Instead of virtue signalling these authors will be vice signalling. Sadly this too will be a form of message fiction and detrimental to storytelling but we should as least see some better dialogue than your typical John Scalzi novel.

Even if authors don’t want to be shitlords there is going to be a temptation to work in offensive or questionable content that the author wasn’t originally going to go anywhere near simply to kick the SJW gatekeepers while they are down. Every action in nerd culture produces an equal and opposite (if slightly more autistic) reaction and the CHORFs have had their cold clammy hands on the vitals of Speculative fiction for far too long for fiction lovers to simply let them walk away unscathed.

So expect we’ll see a five to ten year literary wave of Overedgy SF before it gets boring and played out. While it should an absolute blast to read after the creative drought of the last few decades it is important to note that Overedgy books are not likely to age well.

And what will I do? Not sure? While there is no way I can keep politics out of my writing I decided a long time ago that is would be best to let the reader make the judgement call and not simply preach right and wrong to them… that said I never expected to write a chapter about throwing Communists out of a helicopter and yet here we are.

Interestingly the rest of the book will probably be quite apolitical but this does fit into the bipolar madness that is the Beautiful Terror.

A Proven Solution

 

Anyway on to our main program.

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New comics news site run by Nate Winchester.

http://www.comicsdispatch.com/2017/08/14/how-did-we-get-here/  

Right now he’s mostly doing daily video links and summaries but that’s a start. He also did a review of Defenders S1 a few days back. Again it’s a start.

 

And here’s an article by the same Nate Winchester making a plea to storytellers to keep politics out of their stories.

http://www.superversivesf.com/2017/08/23/keep-political-messages-out/

 

Full Metal Hope [5mins]

Take two of the best moves of all time and blend together. Simply too awesome for words.

 

And speaking of Star Wars…

http://astroblog.cosmobc.com.convey.pro/l/VXQWr6Z

So it appears that circumbinary planets do exist. Must make for some weird orbital mechanics.

 

Wargaming tactics: Skimishers 101 [8 min]

Decided to throw this one in as I didn’t have anything for the tabletop constituent. Also a good apolitical channel for anyone who’s into Battletech or Warhammer 40K.

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Five reasons why Zeon lost the One Year War. [7 min]

All makes sense. Mind you I’ve only watched the original series once.

 

The final part of The Mixed GM’s six part retrospective on Solomon Kane

https://themixedgm.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/solomon-kane-retrospective-final-post/

 

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The most awesome-est thing ever. (Old Jeffro post)

https://jeffro.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/the-skeletons-of-scale-scorch/

A strange treasure unearthed from the deepest darkest monster filled catacombs.

 

Bradford Walker on the fighting-man; the most basic hero archetype there is.

http://www.pulprev.com/2017/08/writing-your-protagonist-fighting-man.html

 

Nordic Folk Music — Heimdall

Perfect for mead and chill.

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Imperia by Antti Martikainen

Okay you had me at EPIC SPACE WAR MUSIC. Add this to your writing playlist. Trust on this one fam.

 

Rawle Nyanzi explains the appeal of ‘action girls’ in fiction.

http://rawlenyanzi.com/fighting-females/

-Men like hot chicks.

-Men like violent entertainment.

-Why not combine the two?

Also there is the videogame aspect in that if a gamer has to stare at a character’s butt for hours at a time it helps if that butt belongs to a hot chick rather than a fat hairy dude in a fedora. (Author inserts are never good.)

 

Jimfear138 preaches the gospel truth about what makes a good Sci-fi movie

http://jimfear138.blogspot.ca/2017/08/the-best-science-fiction-movie-of-all.html

 

Insensitivity readers might just be a growth industry; especially if I’m right about the rise of Overedgy science fiction. You just can’t think of ways to offend everybody without an ever bigger Shitlord watching your back and pointing out missed opportunities to drive the knife in just a little deeper.

http://delarroz.com/?page_id=1387

 

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Jews Vs Nazis beer pong?

jewsvsnazisbeerpong

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/students-suspended-expelled-for-playing-jews-vs-nazis-beer-pong-off-campus/597074550

Where can we find the rules for this game? Cuz it sounds awesome; especially the beer part.

Wait? This happened OFF CAMPUS? And how much are your parents paying for this…?

 

https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/608712/a-thorium-salt-reactor-has-fired-up-for-the-first-time-in-four-decades/

This sounds like very good news. A much more promising future than putting windmills in soyfields to power our iSlavecollars.

You will see mentions of thorium reactors in the Breyland stories as it’s one of the few neearhorizon technologies that I’m actually excited about. Big game changer and a lot closer than practical fusion.

and will that I fear I’ve rambled enough for one night.

Nerdlife Eight: Bonus Rant Included