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 on: Today at 11:36:38 AM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by Ichneumon
Humans have a difficult time understanding and empathizing with other humans going through mental health problems, and I think it would be even more difficult to get appropriate/effective feedback from a robot. Astor's fears, like many fears, were not logical: they have to check the door despite knowing they locked it, they are afraid of going to the grocery store even though they know statistically that nothing bad will happen, etc. It seems like it would be difficult for a robot, which I assume using logic, to process and respond with anything but generalized and repeated solutions.

 on: Today at 09:39:35 AM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by Josika
I want to be part of the game!

 on: Today at 09:11:44 AM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Moritz
The presenters compare the story to del Torro's work - was I the only one who thought this story would have been an interesting take on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ? Cheesy

Excellent story and setting.

 on: Today at 09:09:54 AM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by dpasquantonio
Posting for the first time!

 on: Today at 06:29:04 AM 
Started by danooli - Last post by danooli
Cast of Wonders 302: Restoring The Magic

• Author: Ian Creasey
• Narrator: Brian Lieberman
• Host: Marguerite Kenner
• Audio Producer: Jeremy Carter
Cast of Wonders 302: Restoring the Magic was originally published in Neverland’s Library: Fantasy Anthology, edited by Roger Bellini (Ragnarok Publications, April 2014).
Click here to listen to Episode 302

Ian Creasey lives in Yorkshire, England. He began writing when rock & roll stardom failed to return his calls. So far he has sold seventy-odd short stories to various magazines and anthologies. His debut collection, Maps of the Edge, was published in 2011; a second collection, Escape Routes from Earth, came out in 2015. His interests include hiking and gardening — anything to get him outdoors and away from the computer screen.

Brian Lieberman is a froody marketer by day and unapologetic nerd by … also day. And night. And most of lunchtime as well. As the PseudoPod community manager, he mostly tends to the horrors of PseudoPod towers but occasionally ventures outward to visit the other Escape Artists podcasts. He lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, a roommate, a cat, and a school of fish.

When I had climbed high enough that my breath came in great panting gasps, and the sheep in the valleys looked like tiny flecks of fallen cloud, I heaved off my backpack and looked for the best spot to plant the final sapling. Birch and goat-willow dotted the exposed slopes, hardy species that withstood the storms and chills of the High Tatras. My oak required a more sheltered home. I saw a south-facing escarpment, and scrambled across to investigate. The grey rock felt warm under my hand, retaining the heat of the autumn sun. Behind an outcrop, in a small gully, the wind dropped to a light breeze. I pulled up tussocks of grass to inspect the soil, and found it damp but not sodden, thin but not barren. An earthworm crawled away into the moss and leaf-litter. Instinctively, I felt that a dryad would thrive here.

Tags: Brian Lieberman, Cast of Wonders, conservation, dragons, dryad, Fantasy, Ian Creasey, investigation, Jeremy Carter, magic, Marguerite Kenner, Modern Fantasy, secrets, Young Adult fiction

 on: May 19, 2018, 05:15:35 PM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by andi
posting Smiley

 on: May 19, 2018, 01:07:50 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Moritz
I loved the shout out to Hayrettin Barbaros, whose mausoleum I visited last year.
Even if the narrator butchered that pronunciation Wink The other names were correctly pronounced though.

A thing that confused me was when they talked about leaving Algiers for Crete and there was something about "South East" ?!

 on: May 18, 2018, 09:18:52 PM 
Started by Ocicat - Last post by raroyce
I love this story. Ms. Hyde presents a powerful description of what it feels like to be torn between love and anguish because of a criminal parent. Surely any person who has an incarcerated parent must feel some degree of this pain, especially if the relationship was intact before the parent was sentenced.
Ms. Hyde has not tried to tell the story of war criminals, the justice they rightly face, how society views their offspring; how evil keeps visiting pain and suffering on the generations that come after it, even once it faces justice. She has told the story of one woman's life with a loving, but monstrous, father, in beautiful, simple language, and because she tells Elusia's story so well, all of the themes I mentioned are thoughtfully addressed without pretension or preachiness. Because she has set this story on a fantasy world, I believe she freed herself to not be bound by the historical accounts any actual human war criminals, and yet her Verus Bloodrain could be any one of them, or a composite of any number of them.
“He believed he deserved to rule the world,” she said, “and that he could do it better than anyone else because he was more thoughtful and intelligent.”
Thank you, Ms. Hyde, for a truly enjoyable read.

 on: May 18, 2018, 01:43:58 PM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by Fenrix

In the circumstances presented I find it absolutely impossible to believe that any woman's decision to take or not take the drug would be viewed as a family emergency. There's no reason why the mother, sister and grandmothers would care whether Portia (I think that's her name) stopped taking the drug. If she didn't like getting her period, she'd start taking it again. If getting her period didn't bother her, there's no earthly reason why it should bother anyone else.

Obviously it's not about whether she takes the drug or not. It's about whether she joins an organization that could embarrass other members of the family. The grandmother was of the opinion that she had the right to control the lives of her children and was getting upset that her daughter, the mother, did not also have this attitude. This stand has been taken by mothers and fathers here and there pretty much all through history.
Contrariwise, children of said controlling parents have always made a point of joining organizations that offend their parents simply because they do offend their parents.

All in all, I found this whole account quite believable and amusing. I'm sure this very situation has happened (with another thing as focus, instead of menstruation) any number of times in the past, and likely continues to happen.

Let me add to this discussion of the framing narrative that this seemed clear to me that the whole thing was playfully tweaking Victoriana and things like Wodehouse. All the characters were women, minus the one gentleman who mostly got shunted to a vapid secretary role. This was all a very deliberate stylistic choice for wry satire. I thought that in particular was exceptionally well crafted.

Further, this made me laugh out loud more than once, which rarely happens while I'm driving around listening to a story. If you loved this story and appreciated the style, go read her novel To Say Nothing of the Dog.

 on: May 18, 2018, 01:30:37 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Fenrix

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