Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Open Thread

Talk amongst yourselves.


17 comments:

Dean Frisby said...

Just 2 days to go before 6 weeks have passed since I last smoked tobacco and got through a week in Corfu without the slightest temptation to smoke. E-Cigs are, as has been often said of late, a game changer. My next goal is to cut the nicotine level in my liquids down from 18 to 12. I was toying with trying vaping for a while but your blog entries concerning this made my mind up.
Proud and happy to be a Quasher (Quit with Asher) lol

Sandra Louise said...

Congratulations, Dean!

Neal Asher said...

Nice one Dean.

uncletigger said...

Neal. Your books are like a drug to me, which, rationally, I should resent. I feel about them the same way I used to feel about Phillip Jose Farmers works when I was a teenager,I see one I have not already got and I simply buy it, and worry about the budget wrecking later.
I got Jupiter War yesterday, down here in New Zealand. Am rationing myself to a chapter a day. It is excellent so far. love the cover. Thanks mate.

(Well done Dean, keep it going. )

bascule said...

What's next after the Penny Royal trilogy? Do you know or are you just getting the editing out of the way?

Getting a really tickly throat now, not sure, but think its my vape. Gonna get some 100% VG juice and try that, you getting any downsides to the vaping. other than seeing the keyboard through the perpetual cloud.

Jezcentral said...

I may have asked you this before, so apologies for the repetition, but will you ever revisit The Collector? Or is he a bit too Ownerish to make it worthwhile?

Also, a question for everyone else: are there any authors similar to Neal? (Ooh, get me. First name terms!) Postcyberpunk space opera, or whatever it is they call sensawunda nowadays.

Neal Asher said...

Me too, uncletigger. I think I read every one of the Riverworld books and enjoyed them immensely. Similarly themed would be Chalker's Well-world saga. And both of those you can see hints of in Mindgames: Fool's Mate. Glad you're enjoying the books!

bascule, I haven't even got to thinking much about what comes next - some nasty real life has been occupying my mind. I too got a bit of a throat when I first started vaping but it went away. That can be down to the drying effect of the VG or PG, but also might be bugs getting at you that couldn't survive highly antiseptic effect of cigarette smoke.

Jezcentral, I've no plans to revisit the Collector, but I must at some point republish the original short story 'The Great African Vampire'.

Hypostomus said...

Just been reading Gridlinked again. Are you a Jethro Tull fan by any chance?

Marcus said...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24029165

Recent RCT comparing E-Cigarettes with NRT.

Marcus said...

Open access research from the public library of science for everyones interest.

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0079342

The authors conclude (amoungst other things) that couples between 18 and 35 consume, on average, 85Kcal during sexual activity and unsurprisingly find it more enjoyable than 30 mins exercise on a treadmill, albeit 30 mins on a treadmill uses more energy.

Andrew said...

30 minutes of shagging has got to be more enjoyable than 30 minutes running!

Marcus said...

Andrew, it's an enlightened conclusion that's for sure.
Anyone who's spent 5 minutes on a treadmill will likely agree that there are few things less pleasurable!

PaladinSB said...

Jezcentral...

I read Richard K. Morgan's "Altered Carbon" back to back with "Gridlinked". It's the start of a very good series and I'd say if you like one, you will likely really enjoy the other.

I also highly recommend George Alec Effinger's "When Gravity Fails" and "A Fire In The Sun". Very different take on cyberpunk, Middle Eastern setting and more of a noir theme. There's a third full book which isn't quite as good and a fourth, unfinished one that was published after the author's death.

If you enjoy Neal's pull-no-punches combat style, David Drake's "Hammer's Slammers" series might be a good choice - big guns, hovertanks and combat that doesn't shy away from the gore.

This is kind of an oddball choice, but I've really been enjoying David Weber's "Safehold" series - it's got a cyborg leading a revolution against an oppressive church regime.

Jezcentral said...

Thanks, Paladin. I've already read all of Richard Morgan's sci-fi stuff, but I will give the other ones a spin. The Safehold stuff actually sounds rather Kovacs. Cheers!

Lynn said...

I see some more books to add to my reading list, but I think I might have to go on a trip to Spatterjay else I won't get around to all the books on that list, if you get my meaning.

My two sons and I are all Neal Asher junkies. We frequently refer to the Polity in conversation and we all wish the machines would hurry up and take over.

Tasty Rabbit said...
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Tasty Rabbit said...

Any chance of a sketch now & then of some of the things you come up with for your stories (spaceships, creatures, bots, gear, aliens, space bunnies, etc?) ? ? ?