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Steven Adamson

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    Guyana, South America
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    Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, Comics, World cultures, Astronomy, Sports, Politics.
  1. That story took a weird turn in all the best ways. The intrusion of some mythology into the modern day is always a tricky proposition, especially the risk of cliche, but this works well and comes out fresh.
  2. True story: As a kid my second favorite breakfast was fried cow brains. Very fluffy texture. People around here stopped eating brains when the mad cow scare hit in the nineties and it never came back into style. Some are still scared of the disease others are too young to have gotten a taste for it. Happy Halloween, everyone, especially John, our webmaster, who I'm sure is out trick-or-treating right now.
  3. Really liked this. My kind of story. Gruesome humor and clever interweaving of plot and character elements.
  4. ISIS and Hezbollah are natural enemies, being Sunni and Shia. I'm not sure in what sense you mean they are close, but I definitely don't see them working together. The stupidest thing GW Bush did in his haphard middle east policy was forget that the Shiites and Sunnis can be split and distracted into competing with each other. It's why Rumsfeld and co miscalculated the aftermath of the war. He should have talked to his daddy. Bush Senior refused to topple Saddam in 1991 because he knew that Saddam was a counterweight to shiite radicalism. And radicalism in general too since Saddam was a Baa
  5. The Irish were happy to let Hitler hurt the British. "4,983 members of the Defence Forces deserted to fight with the British and Allied armed forces. After the war they faced discrimination, lost their rights to pensions and were barred from holding government jobs. They were finally pardoned in 2012" Let's also not forget the warmonger Mahatma Ghandi who refused to join the fight against the Nazis that they acknowledged to be evil, using their refusal as a bargaining chip for independence. - - - I'm also going to take a sentence written earlier and makes some substitutions: I think
  6. Far too many of you are thinking of Christianity only as you know it in your areas. Right now children are being killed by Christians for witchcraft in West Africa. Gays are being baited and bashed at the behest of the state church in Russia who have upped their anti gay agenda. Everyone knows that Jamaicans are the most homophobic people in the west, but few realize it comes from their deep Christian colonial influence. (True story: A few gays tried to organize a gay pride march in Jamaica about ten years back. People turned out along the parade route armed with machetes to catch the gays.
  7. Well, I did acknowledge the events of colonialism, but I think most of that took place BEFORE the Enlightenment. Indeed, the wealth plundered by colonialism is what fed the Enlightenment. Once Enlightenment values moderated Christianity, things changed even in the colonial world. You ended up seeing Christians work to end slavery in the British Empire and the first secular constitution, in the USA. There were still places where horrible events took place post-enlightenment, like the Belgian Congo but those are places where the Enlightenment took a while to reach, so in a way that was still
  8. Obama's view is flawed in one respect: he omitted something. Almost all the great Christian abuses occurred before the Enlightnment, or as backlash against it and once that period was over, Christianity was kinder and gentler. Islam has never had that transformative moment. I have been loud on this forum defending *muslims* when I think they are being stereotyped in negative ways, but Islam itself has too many medieval elements to equate it to modern Christianity. There are three big foundational reasons Islam has not progressed and a fourth, more immediate. 1) Islam started 600 years behi
  9. Oh yeah, since I have owls in my avatar... An Observation of Owls.
  10. We should have more stories with music and music references. I know it's skirting legality, but I think our corner of the internet is small enough to escape the eye of Sauron.
  11. I like the T-shirt that says, "Meat is Murder. Tasty, tasty murder."
  12. A glittering of gays A twist of twinks A hunger of hunks A penal colony of priests...oh wait, I've gone off topic.
  13. Thanks for the comments. This story really surprised me. I was watching a BBC special on 'Thankful Villages' in the middle of December. These were villages that lost no soldiers to the Great War. That's where I first heard the story of the young wagon soldier winning a medal because he stayed with his horses through an artillery barrage. I got inspired that night knowing the 100th anniversary of that first Christmas was coming up and 3 days later I had the story complete, bar minor revisions. (I worked full time on it since I was home on vacation and most of my family was on a trip.) Still,
  14. Thank you for the kind words. Some inside info: This story was written when I was still a young teacher and one of my students told me he'd rather live in the middle ages because life was 'more real' back then. I, being a firm technologist, had a lot to say on the idea. You can see the signs that I was a raw writer in the fact that I made the main characters teacher and student. Nowadays, I'd find a way to remove the characters from my own life more. But that's a discussion for another thread maybe? Re-reading it now, I'm most happy that my pro-technology views didn't come out in the story
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