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Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

Chasuk My Personal "Forgotten" Favorites (1244 comments)

The Overman Culture, by Edmund Cooper
The House in November, by Keith Laumer
Re-birth (AKA The Chrysalids), by John Wyndham
Hawksbill Station, by Robert Silverberg
Children of the Star trilogy, by Sylvia Engdahl
The Changeling, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

These are all wonderful books, though I seldom see them mentioned anymore.

more than 2 years ago

The 2011 Hugo Awards

Chasuk Re:Oh God... (162 comments)

To correct myself:

Willis has won seven Nebulas..

I did preview, honest.

more than 3 years ago

The 2011 Hugo Awards

Chasuk Re:Oh God... (162 comments)

You don't know any of them? Literally? You've honestly never heard of Connie Willis,Ted Chiang, Steven Moffat, or Lev Grossman?

Willis has won eleven Hugos, and seven Hugos. Approximately half of Chiang's total output has won either a Hugo or a Nebula.

Please, do yourself a favor and acquaint yourself with Willis and Chiang, at least. Moffat is responsible for some of the best Dr Who episodes of recent years, and, arguably, of all time. Grossman writes Potterish novels for adults, and I don't mean that in a deprecating way.

more than 3 years ago

Asimov Estate Authorizes New I, Robot Books

Chasuk Re:How about we pay the author not to write them? (426 comments)

Mickey Zucker Reichert is hardly an unknown, and Asimov's works are not comparable to Rembrandt's or Picasso's, as much as I love him. Asimov allowed people to play in his world during his own lifetime, and attached his name to anything that would earn him a nickel.

more than 5 years ago

Barack Obama Is One Step Closer To Being President

Chasuk Re:That last step's a doozy.... (601 comments)

McCain was born in Panama, not even the Panama Canal Zone, and he showed his COLB when asked to resolve his citizenship issues, which is exactly what Obama has shown.

Obama's Kenyan grandmother did NOT say that he was born in Kenya. Listen to the entire tape. It is available on YouYube. The Kenyan government has NOT said that Obama was born in Kenya.

All of the rest of your claims are also false, which is easily discoverable with a little research. "Research" does not mean browsing a few wingnut webpages.

more than 6 years ago

FCC, FAA Still Don't Want Cell Phones on Planes

Chasuk Re:I don't want cell phones on planes. (300 comments)

I understand your sentiment, but I still disagree with you. First, for the people who are unable to regulate themselves, we unfortunately sometimes have to enforce courtesy. There is precedent, even. Talk too loudly for too long in a cinema, and they will remove you. This is solely because you are irritating other customers, not for health or safety. Second, my level of agitation would be nearly homicidal if I had to suffer some inconsiderate idiot's conversation for an entire flight.I would consider it an aural assault, truthfully. I can imagine a physical alteration if the flight lasted long enough. Label it trespassing in my aural space. We use similar sonic attacks to torture alleged terrorists, and, without any exaggeration, being subjected to someone's cellphone conversation for a prolonged period would be torture to me.

more than 6 years ago


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