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« Reply #60 on: September 28, 2009, 12:05:54 PM »

I think if EA rotates between the 3, delegating stories to each, they will satisfy the most people.  Steve, Al and Norm have all had a history of love and hate.  Combine em and synergize, you can't lose with the 3 headed space-dragon.

Hear hear!
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« Reply #61 on: September 28, 2009, 12:39:25 PM »

I can't even imagine a better 3 headed beast; the "Stevalasdanorm" kicks Gidrah's ass so hard it's not even funny.  Steve is the main head, the one that can breathe fire. 

I am frightened of the Stevalasdanorm. It's 16th cousins to the sister of the roomate of the brother of the neighbor of the greatuncle of Cthulhu. Also, I hear it's distantly related to Trogdor the Burninator.
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« Reply #62 on: September 29, 2009, 01:26:23 AM »

I think I just had a nerdgasm!
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« Reply #63 on: September 30, 2009, 04:36:19 PM »

The story felt rushed at the end like the author did not know what to do once the teens got to the party.  Also the super tech, the super nerd, and the predictable teen angst, left me unsatisfied.  Nice idea but a little flat.

I will raise my hand and say for the record, I do not like Norm's hosting.   
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« Reply #64 on: September 30, 2009, 04:38:31 PM »

I think I just had a nerdgasm!

Trogdooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooor!
TROGDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR!
Andthetrogdorcomesinthe...NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHT!

Had to be done:)
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« Reply #65 on: September 30, 2009, 04:51:05 PM »

Trogdooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooor!
TROGDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR!
Andthetrogdorcomesinthe...NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHT!

Had to be done:)

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« Reply #66 on: September 30, 2009, 05:43:36 PM »

But where did all my sheep go?

You ate them sir.

Oh yeah, they were delicious!
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« Reply #67 on: September 30, 2009, 08:10:27 PM »

An impending-singularity themed prom!  Awesome!

Also, you'd think the main character would be less incredulous about the upcoming robot revolution given that she's got a boyfriend who lives in her phone.
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« Reply #68 on: October 01, 2009, 07:55:33 PM »

Hey, was this story implying that AP-highschool students do not have social lives, cannot get a date to prom, and would settle for a virtual boyfriend who lives in their phone?

As a highschooler in an advanced placement program, I am here to tell you...that yeah, that's about accurate. Undecided
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« Reply #69 on: October 01, 2009, 08:21:59 PM »

Hey, was this story implying that AP-highschool students do not have social lives, cannot get a date to prom, and would settle for a virtual boyfriend who lives in their phone?

As a highschooler in an advanced placement program, I am here to tell you...that yeah, that's about accurate. Undecided
You high schoolers today with your fancy virtual boyfriends and your fancy phones.

I don't even think cell phones were readily available back when I was a wee pupil. 

Anyhoo, as for the story...it never really got off the ground for me.  I didn't particularly care for teen drama back when I was a teen (it was hard enough dealing with the cooling of the Earth, after all), and I just couldn't get into the swing of this. 
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« Reply #70 on: October 02, 2009, 02:18:04 PM »

Loved, loved, loved the host.

Really enjoyed the story up until the party was revealed and even then, though it was a bit uneven and didn't go were expected, I enjoyed it.  Perhaps because it wasn't expected.  Also I reminded myself that part of the point of EP is sci-fi that is fun and this was fun indeed.
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« Reply #71 on: October 06, 2009, 08:13:18 PM »

Wow, lotta new posters! Cool stuff.

Huge two thumbs up for Norm. Excellent.
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« Reply #72 on: October 12, 2009, 12:36:32 PM »

Yeah, I was totally thinking about Sleep Dealer the whole time.  I loved this story, but mostly because they used the beta character in the title.  I know that's a very frivolous reason to like something, but that's just the way I roll when I listen to stories very early on Monday morning.  In fact, very early on a Monday morning, I can be won over with many simple things--punny titles, coffee, fluffy pillows that remind me of sleep...

Even now, later in the morning, slightly more awake than I was when I listened to this, I still like the story.  But I don't mind that it alluded to 90210--it's hard not to do so when writing about teenagers, since 90210 practically defined teen drama in the 90's (at least here in the US--I don't know what was on TV elsewhere).  I kept expecting it to turn out that the boyfriend app involved a clever set of programming and a Mexican teenager working for low wages somewhere remote, a la Sleep Dealer (an indie sci-fi movie, I highly recommend--easily found via Google, probably can order on Netflix or similar).  And then when it got to the part where they entered the house and the one character mentioned creepy serial killers, I couldn't be totally sure that it wouldn't actually turn out that way in the end.  After all, though Escape Pod may be science fiction, that doesn't mean it won't occasionally also involve horror elements, right?  I was waiting for someone to die or something, and instead Violet got a broken arm and a kiss.  I'm not sure injury (or death, for that matter) are really all that romantic, and I was still waiting for the horror-style ending.  I like horror, though.  I think especially on Monday mornings, I like horror.

Still, the story amused me.

I liked this story but didn't love it, probably because it teased us with other possible directions that were left unexplored, such as

     1.   All of the AIs being exposed as people working in a third world country, rather than sophisticated programs

     2.   Her newly sentient AI being downloaded into a body, to become her real boyfriend

     3.    John being her not just her AI but many other people's.

Also, by the time the singularity arrives I'd think people will have better interfaces with their phones. 

All that said, I liked the style of the story and loved the narration.





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« Reply #73 on: October 15, 2009, 02:24:47 PM »

Hey, was this story implying that AP-highschool students do not have social lives, cannot get a date to prom, and would settle for a virtual boyfriend who lives in their phone?

As a highschooler in an advanced placement program, I am here to tell you...that yeah, that's about accurate. Undecided

Heh!  Ya, pretty much (though I'm far removed from my high school days)

This was a fun story.  I agree with a lot of the criticism leveled against it... it wasn't a great story, but it was good and fun.  I appreciate that the coming-to-sentience AI wasn't in fact a robot.  A networked AI seems much more realistic to me somehow.  I really liked how all the boyfriends/girlfriends both were and weren't the same entity. 
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« Reply #74 on: April 29, 2010, 12:36:25 PM »

Not a bad story, but I tend not to really like high school stories that much, probably because I didn't like high school that much.  It was an interesting twist on the singularity topic, but didn't really transcend for me.

The disabled kid was interesting, but ended up being more interesting than the protagonist, so sort of weakened my interest in her.  I did think it was odd that she was surprised at his techno abilities, and then was surprised again.  And again and again.  I was starting to wonder if she'd gotten hit in the head while she was chicken-fighting and lost some of her AP-level cognitive abilities--yes, he's shown that he can make phone calls with a blink.  Get over it.

Was interesting to hear some hosting from The Norm.  I get a kick out of his sense of humor though sometimes his intros and outros run a little long, maybe it's just because I'm used to the EA format which usually keeps the intro micro-short and even the outro is fairly focused.  I'm about a half dozen episodes into the Drabblecast now, so I'm getting a taste of his style on his home turf.  Smiley
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« Reply #75 on: November 02, 2011, 09:25:09 PM »

Now that I'm done with PseudoPod, I've started picking at the edges of the Escape Pod catalog, starting with writers and readers that I know I'm predisposed to like. The story was enjoyable. Tina Connolly is an awesome reader as ever. But what really made it for me was Norm's opening. The Nigerian girlfriend bit was laugh out loud funny (for realz, not just internet lolz).

With regards to the emotionally clueless protagonist, I didn't find it too much of a stretch. I've known far too many smart folks who can do brainy super-nerd things but have far too few clues regarding how people work. There aren't enough good manuals regarding how people function for those nerds to be able to get it.
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« Reply #76 on: February 13, 2012, 09:15:54 AM »

Just heard this story via a link at Tina Connolly's website.

Loved it. Two years old and not outdated... that's pretty good in these times of rapid change.

Loved the intro and outro humour, too.   Cheesy
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