A useful site giving visual representations of the size of many SF vehicles.
Useful for me since my "fighter shuttle" size in my 4X game turns out to be a nice match for a Boeing 747 - just the size of the Orion Shuttle. Which means, yes, most SF starfighters are G-class units (the equivalent of a grav tank or atmospheric vehicle). [H-class is human by the way. The largest class of "ship" is the A-class Assault vessels (a Dreadnaught by any other name would still cure constipation in an enemy), although star bases and battlestations can go to Z-class and above. Unfortunately I don't quite make P-class = planet, although S-class may make a star...]
Given the relatively unsurprising results of the Australian Federal election, can anyone remember the satirical SF novel where anybody who wanted to could be a politician. They simply put on an explosive collar. And when sufficient people voted for that politician ... "pop."
Alternatively there is always the electoral system in H Beam Piper's Lone Star Planet. Although, truth to tell, I'm much more enamoured by the Terran Government in that novel.
Can anyone think of other suggestions for the proper disposal of politicians from the pages of SF?
The following is a community service announcement on behalf of The Roman. Please pay attention. There will be a test afterwards.
So support Adelaidean fandom! [The real one, not the company that pretends to be one.] There is guaranteed to be no famous internatiuonal guest of honour. And no masquerade, but you can come dressed up it you want. And you can preview the 2009 Natcon (which is being held in Adelaide and looks likely to be a rather exclusive affair, if one was the sort to listen to gossip).
Unless, of course, because of the late notice, you already have a booking you can't get out of...
In these enlightened times it is not uncommon to find the literati looking down their noses at science fiction. It is good to find at least one organization which still reccomends the reading of science fiction to its members. The 2007 Chief of [Australian] Army reading list features the following science fiction titles:
For junior officers:
It was interesting to read which material was considered appropriate for each rank. Although I do wonder how many general officers have managed to wade their way through The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
As for my favourite military SF: Robert Frezza, David Drake, Jerry Pournelle, and Don Hawthorne amongst others.
|One of the problems I currently have is an inability to concentrate for a long period of time. This is making it rather difficult to read books (among other things). I find this rather irritating, since it takes me a lot longer to finish a book than it used to.|
So I just picked up copies of Simon R Green's Hell To Pay, Alan Dean Foster's Trouble Magnet, and Naomi Novik's Empire of Ivory.
In addition I really should finish off the book that was lent to me almost two months ago, especially since I shall probably she the lender who forced in on me tomorrow. Not that Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart is a bad book (actually the customs and nature of the various pseudo-historical peoples are very well researched, which is proof that the best artists steal), but the characters are rather archetypical and the situation is rather typical. Even worse, there is more than a touch of author wish fulfillment identification with the main protagonist.
I'd say this is a difficult choice to make as to what to read next, except ... Simon R Green! 
 I hope that my favourite characters will make an appearance: Bruin Bear and the Sea Goat. I especially loved it when they even managed to make an appearance in the Deathstalker series a transition that you really wouldn't have suspected.
Edit: <tee hee> Yes they did appear, and, as normal, the Sea Goat was his usually impecable self at a High Society party.