But cosplay (the thing, not the word) has a long and storied American history! Mike Resnick did a great round up, starting with Forest Ackerman in 1939. Here are pics from Worldcon's 1953 costume competition. And of course, dressing up in Halloween costumes is almost an entirely American invention. Don't sell our… » 7/27/14 2:29pm Sunday 2:29pm

Let's just talk about the fact that your only choice in the US is epidural. I'm not interested in being told I can't move while, y'know, doing something incredibly physical. Not to mention having needles in my spine. Rock on that it didn't freak you out! » 7/27/14 5:08pm Sunday 5:08pm

Women's clothing sizing is a vast quagmire of utter nonsense. Trying to understand it will eventually make your brains drip out of your ears. (It's why we're all so gosh darn dum!) What you'll really love is that a "6" can mean anything from a very, very small, to a moderately large depending on the brand and cut. … » 7/27/14 4:58pm Sunday 4:58pm

So there are 1,023 comments at this point (WOW! and CONGRATS!) and I'm not scrolling through them all to find it, but you literally can't leave Neuromancer off this list. If the book creates a subgenre (or defines it or wholly embodies it) it needs to be included. The fact that I, Robot (or Caves of Steel) isn't on… » 7/26/14 9:11pm Saturday 9:11pm

Nice! Though I've always figured the solution will be a computer program that grids whatever area that needs redistricting and, starting at the top left-hand corner, fills in the grid until it's covered a million people (or 10,000 or whatever for city districts or smaller areas). Wherever it stops, it continues… » 7/25/14 12:09am Friday 12:09am

That's actually a pretty good description. There's a frame story about the first female robo-psychologist. And she tells a bunch of unrelated stories from her career. There's one about a robot who can read minds and one about a robot who gets stuck in a loop as directives contradict and one about a robot who has… » 7/23/14 4:58am 7/23/14 4:58am

My parents live on unincorporated land, but the nearby city may decide to annex it. Only people who live in the city will get to vote on annexation. And with "exurbs" more and more place are annexed that really have no business being part of a city or town. » 7/20/14 11:03pm 7/20/14 11:03pm

I'm not here to argue that anyone who is unsure of having children should have them. (My three best female friends don't want kids and I have never, ever said a word about their decisions. Not about to start with internet strangers.) But this sounds like a case of bad news burnout. May I suggest the following… » 7/18/14 9:49am 7/18/14 9:49am

Having gone to screenwriting school (on the same floor where they kept the film students), let me just say that there is a reason for #15. It seemed like everyone actually had Daddy Issues. (And influence anxiety, which is just another form of Daddy Issues.) As someone who gets along with my dad, I found a lot of… » 7/17/14 6:34pm 7/17/14 6:34pm

My middle school library had a complete set of Heinlein's "juveniles" (aka YA novels). To me they are still the ur-texts of YA sci-fi (the ending of Podkayne of Mars notwithstanding). It's a funny personal quirk that come up a lot in my book reviews (Heinleinesque is a compliment, gosh darn-it!), but most people I… » 7/14/14 8:07am 7/14/14 8:07am