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I just read: Ancillary Justice

‘Quite a few’ is a weird term. I wonder why adding ‘quite’ to ‘a few’ changes its meaning to ‘a lot?’ Any-whoo, I’ve read quite a few space operas in the last year, and I’ve been struck by how many similar themes and ideas pop up in each of them. 456 more words

Reading

Magic: The Gathering vs. The Culture

I’ve recently started reading Iain M Banks’ Culture series of sci fi novels, mainly through interest in the premise. For those of you who’ve yet to encounter them, the novels are set in the world of The Culture, a spacefaring civilisation who dominate vast swathes of the galaxy and who were invented by Banks, essentially, as an experiment into his idea of an ‘ideal’ society (to a greater or lesser extent). 1,591 more words

Society & Culture

In the cities and towns and villages scattered across the planet, she had seen a few people, though only ever from a distance; she was forming the impression that the only individuals left were those who’d always fantasised about having the world to themselves one day.

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Yes, you should always tell the truth, unless you find yourself in a situation where it would be utter moral folly to do so.

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though it was a… I don’t know; a faith-shaking secret… that’s just in theory. In practice, people don’t believe for good reasons anyway, they just believe and that’s it, like we don’t love for good reasons, we just love because we need to love.

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“Do you regret your early excesses?” the arbite asked. It was taking instructions from a panel of bio-journalists spread across Xown and beyond. An AI was collating their queries and producing representative questions.

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“I don’t believe you. I think you’re just trying to protect me, being all male-gallant. I’m flattered but there’s no need.”

“I’m a fucking razor-arsed starship, you maniac!

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