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  1. I was just wandering through GA this afternoon and happened across this story - 'Thrift Shop Nation' by Geron Kees. A single long chapter of 29,000 words; I enjoyed it and thought it was just right for a Valentine's Day afternoon... Find it on GA here: https://www.gayauthors.org/story/geron-kees/thriftshopnation
  2. Hi Everyone, I expect you have all read CYSAQ at some time? I hope so anyway. If not then it is posted on Ted Louis' site: http://www.tedlouis.com/ IMHO it's an excellent story and I have found it posted in several places and even as a PDF download, although I can't remember where I found that! Wandering this evening I happened to return to Ted Louis' home page and saw the following listed amongst the recent story updates: "November 11, 2016 - Can You Spare A Quarter - Final Addendum by Tiger Paw" Addendum (written Nov 10, 2016) The story you have just read
  3. I wasn't aware of that particular B-52 crash in North Carolina... but there have been many others. IMO the most famous (infamous?) being the 1966 Rota/Palomares mid-air collision incident in Almeria, Spain Three H-bombs fell on land and the conventional explosives in two of the warheads detonated resulting in widespread radioactive pollution which required a massive clean up including the destruction of vast areas of crops. IIRC one or more bombs went through all the interlocks bar one! Phew! The bigger headache was the 4th bomb which fell into the sea and could not be found. After an 80
  4. Sorry no joy! I'd have remembered that plot line and I've rambled fairly far and wide across the web in this genre. For amusement I scrolled leisurely through the 39 pages of recommendations on the now moribund 'QueersChOOL' site and drew a blank. (BTW - guess which story was QS' very first recomendation back on 18 Feb 2010? Good choice! But sadly the link now 404s. See for yourself@ http://queerschool.com/?page=39 and don't forget to scroll to bottom of the page!) QueersChOOL's accompanying pictures may not be to my particular taste, although admittedly some of the shots are good 'art'
  5. Can anyone remember reading a well researched and well written novel based on the premise that the Manhattan Project fails? The Trinity test goes off as a damp squib and Truman is left with no option but to proceed with invasion of Japan - which is as ghastly and gruesome as everyone feared. My brain thinks it might have been written by James Clavell but I can't see it amongst his works. Sticks in my mind because of the interesting section on the Japanese plans to use gas warfare including nerve gas. Perhaps I just have a soft spot for the well writen alternative history - IMO the best bei
  6. For a tech head like me there was another important anniversary last month - the first ever atomic bomb was detonated on 16 July 1945 - so this year is the 70th anniversary - 'The Gadget' was a copy of the 'Fat Man' implosion bomb later dropped on Nagasaki (the first bomb 'Little Boy' dropped on Hiroshima was a much simpler gun type fission bomb that was pretty much guaranteed to work - fire two large sub-critical lumps of uranium together hard and they will go bang!). The Trinity test site is now part of the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico - see Wikipedia's excellent Trinity T
  7. Good point... and if you listen to the final few minutes of that BBC doc "How Gay Became OK" you will hear well known UK radical LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell expressing his concerns along exactly those lines - what happens when social attitudes plateau? Job done? "Danger with equality agenda is that once you win it the movement collapses e.g. Black Civil Rights, Woman's Movement..."
  8. Definitely not US politics but very on topic in wider meaning of Chris' title "Changes in the Gay World" is BBC Radio 4 documentary which was transmitted last week entitled "How Gay Became OK" - here's the programme précis: "Why have British attitudes towards homosexuality changed so far and so fast? Less than 50 years ago, sex between men was a criminal act. Now they can marry. It's not just the law that has changed: we have. Surveys suggest that public opinion about homosexuality has undergone a dramatic shift over the same period. Jo Fidgen asks what drives this kind of change in collectiv
  9. This Be The Verse - Philip Larkin They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you. But they were fucked up in their turn By fools in old-style hats and coats, Who half the time were soppy-stern And half at one another’s throats. Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, And don’t have any kids yourself. Not sure if this is the place for a published poet's work - and a famous one at that. Recently I had the sad occas
  10. I came across "Little Man" yesterday on GA. Read it at one sitting - only 11 chapters, c.60,000 words all in. I enjoyed it. Plot is very contained focussing almost exclusively on the relationships between the 3 main characters. I suppose you could say it is a stereotypical gay college boy gets the jock fantasy - but still nicely done IMO. AFAICS the author has only written one other "straight" piece (that's "straight" as in "not Sci-Fi" - a genre I don't boldly go near very often). His short story "A Sense of Family" is fine too - but - well - er - um - a bit short for my tastes - some gr
  11. Thank you - loved the story - bittersweet ending seems a little harsh on Saulius' otherwise personable character perhaps? Hmm - I didn't know Lithuania (and the other Baltic States as well) had such a problem with culturally entrenched homophobia Re: Saulius' comment "You have to understand, Lithuania is a Catholic country, gays aren't supposed to exist. Homophobia is normal." Trying to put a positive spin on this I suppose Lithuanian society hasn't been out of the Soviet/Russian deep freeze very long and they only acceded to the EU in May 2004 so perhaps one shouldn't be hyper critical? Ot
  12. I'd never heard of IDAHOT before this morning - apparently 17 May is International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia? At first I couldn't believe this GCHQ story when it was mentioned during a review of UK Sunday newspapers on the BBC but it seems to be true e.g. Mail on Sunday (hardly a bastion of tolerance) and the same picture is on GCHQ's own website at: http://www.gchq.gov.uk/press_and_media/news_and_features/Pages/rainbow-celebration-to-mark-IDAHOT-day.aspx GCHQ is the UK equivalent to the NSA and it is the direct successor to the WWII era code-breaking station at Bletch
  13. Even living in the land of the wild Haggis it isn't something I would want to eat every day, although as it happens my local award winning Fish & Chip shop does a very nice line in "Haggis Bites," if you don't fancy fish with your chips. Deep fried of course, the're delicious, and No, they don't do deep fried Mars Bars. My recommendation would be "don't knock it 'till you've tried it." - as with several goumet foods it's one of those things that it's best not to think too much about before or whilst eating - e.g. some wonderful cheeses smell like s*** but actually taste sublime, squid, s
  14. ...and Americans don't do irony? How about just a few US Military favourites - and if these don't show the finest grasp of irony, dissimulation and feigned ignorance, whatever - then my very English sense of irony must be failing? "Collatoral Damage" (missing the target and killing someone else by accident), Operation Iraqi Freedom (well that one worked brilliantly!), The Patriot Act (can blanket state surveillance really be patriotic in the Land of the Free? BTW - did you know the Act has a "bacronym" too), Blue on Blue & Friendly Fire (you'll be feeling very blue if it happens to you a
  15. I was happily wrapped up in this new Seattle based story and then... it just stopped... damn and blast! Duh! - hadn't noticed it was flagged as "In Progress" with Chapter 10 posted today... and things were just getting interesting! Makes a change to have a lead character who isn't poster boy handsome or a gym bunny hunk. I will be looking forward to new chapters. The author, Mark C.'s synopsis goes like this: Ben, a 28 year old computer professional, is looking for love and the guy he wants to wake up to for the rest of his life. Unfortunately, that guy is still to be found and Ben has ha
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