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    Hahahaha oh God. I was always scared by the very concept of Marvel-style scripts. And when it comes to George PĂ©rez...

    ... where to even start.
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    Given the chance to return any figure from the past century to life, who would you choose?
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    What do you think about the US space shuttle program shutting down in 2010?

    Happy. It's a fucking death trap that should never have been flown.

    But also:

    Sad. Because it's another element in that which has become disappointingly inevitable -- the end of human spaceflight from an American agency. Possibly just from an nostalgic point of view, since when I was growing up NASA was the space programme, you know? It had the potential to be Really Really Good, whereas the Russian programme (which, in retrospect, was more practical) was just tractors in space.

    (Virgin Galactic is NOT human spaceflight, before anyone asks.)

    The Chinese programme will become the one to watch. It's old-style command-economy spaceflight -- unstable, quickly-assembled flight articles flown by test pilots who will only be made famous if they live, and discreetly swept into a mass grave if they don't. Don't look for them to put people on the moon, though: they're going to take the Russian option and put a robot rover down. Which will bother the Americans not at all, and will not galvanise the new space race that some people are expecting expanded Chinese spaceflight to cause.

    I'm coming to the conclusion that, basically, we're stuck here. And given that our chances as a species of making it to the end of the century in hale and hearty condition are dropping every day... we're all going to die here. And so are your kids.

    There. Happy happy joy joy on Whitechapel!
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2010
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    we're all going to die here. And so are your kids.

    That warmed my heart, thank you young sir. You are an angel!
    • CommentAuthorJJVV
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2010
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    You teased a possible magazine project via your blog ("avant tharging") - can you tell us more about this? Format? Content? Collaborators?
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    You teased a possible magazine project via your blog ("avant tharging") - can you tell us more about this? Format? Content? Collaborators?

    It didn't happen. The people organising it got too busy.
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    Is there any chance of a Crooked Little Vein audiobook read by you ever being released?

    I remember someone saying something here about you not liking listening to your own voice, but ever since I heard that office status thing you did on your blog I've wanted said audiobook to exist.

    Either that or something on the lines of those Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything tapes, which we'd then use as Gospel.

    By the way, if I may ask, what are your thoughts on RAW's writings?
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    Is there any chance of a Crooked Little Vein audiobook read by you ever being released?

    No.

    By the way, if I may ask, what are your thoughts on RAW's writings?

    I remember really liking the historical Illuminatus novels he wrote.
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2010 edited
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    And given that our chances as a species of making it to the end of the century in hale and hearty condition are dropping every day... we're all going to die here.

    You don't see a chance of a reduced population continuing beyond our current set of problems? The way I've always seen it, a nuclear holocaust is the only doomsday scenario that could even theoretically wipe us out completely. Or do you still see that coming?
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    Warren-
    Are there any animals you would utterly hate if your womenfolk brought them home? Ie: Would you totally freak out if your daugher came home with snakes, spiders, dogs, or something like that, or would you take a more laid back approach of: I don't like it, but it's Your Animal, You Take Care of It, and keep it The Hell Away From Me?

    Also:
    Is there any animal that you would like to eat yet, but haven't?
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    The way I've always seen it, a nuclear holocaust is the only doomsday scenario that could even theoretically wipe us out completely. Or do you still see that coming?

    A nuclear holocaust could ALWAYS still happen. American equipment failures cause a few false alarms every year -- and, unlike the Russian arsenal, that shit is actually maintained. The odds, frankly, have never been in our favour.

    95% of glaciers are in retreat, and the melt is accelerating. Not good news for breeding pairs. Of anything.
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    @Roo

    1. A dog.

    2. A dolphin. They murder seals, you know. Bastards.
    • CommentAuthordraxxx
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2010 edited
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    Sorry for the embed...
    • CommentAuthordraxxx
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2010 edited
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    Have you seen this yet?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVzhQJD_ss8&feature=player_embedded
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    I'm coming to the conclusion that, basically, we're stuck here. And given that our chances as a species of making it to the end of the century in hale and hearty condition are dropping every day... we're all going to die here.


    I at first I thought "how bleak", but then I came to my senses and though "How hopeful, for the rest of our universe". Sure that first crew might be our best and brightest, but more likely it will be type A jock assholes in spaaaaaaaaaaaaaace.

    I have seen how all those stories end. We don't get up there and develop space madness, we take our normal land madness up there with us.

    I was hoping the end of the space shuttle program would mean the beginning of something sexier. I just don't know what that is and i sure dont want to get on it myself. I do know someone with graphic design skills should right now be churning out a 1970's Style Space Patch with the slogan USSR "Tractors in Space" for a possible future T-shirt of the week.
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    Thoughts on the viability of anchoring satellite space stations or mini-colonies via Lagrangian points, and/or how they might or might not be useful in the furthering of space exploration?
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2010
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    are there any books you continue to re read or is it a simply one time thing for you?
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      CommentAuthorSt.Wanger
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2010
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    Okay, I haven't read "In Darkness Waiting" yet. Would have been interesting what you might think about some of his "essential" stuff like City Come A-Walkin' oder Eclipse, but nevermind.
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    Thoughts on the viability of anchoring satellite space stations or mini-colonies via Lagrangian points, and/or how they might or might not be useful in the furthering of space exploration?

    Doesn't matter. Let's make this clear: unless something radical shifts in the next ten years, the human race is out of the crewed spaceflight business until the end of the century. Even the Chinese aren't looking at a Mars shot until 2070, and that will probably be robotic first.
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    I re-read THE GLASS TEAT/THE OTHER GLASS TEAT every year. I reread FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL every four years or so. I'll often pick up a book for a re-read. This summer I want to re-read the entire Baroque Cycle, and also Mike Moorcock's MOTHER LONDON.