Date: 2017-04-18 03:42 pm (UTC)
redheadedfemme: (Default)
From: [personal profile] redheadedfemme
That cover!! That's quite a...sight to hit you first thing in the morning.

Date: 2017-04-18 03:55 pm (UTC)
thewayne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thewayne
I was a big Smith fan a number of years ago, but I became increasingly disenchanted as his work became increasingly political. It seemed to me to just suck the joy out of it. I would probably have no problem sticking with his first two or three, plus Bucketeers, and that's about it for me. This one, even though it's an award winner, I probably won't bother with -- too many other books that I'd rather read.

Date: 2017-04-18 06:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rahirah
Yeah. I remember enjoying the first one or two, starting to think the third one was tipping into polemic, and then noping out.

Too bad, because this sounds as if it could be a fun concept if it weren't freighted with lectures.

Date: 2017-04-18 07:26 pm (UTC)
dagibbs: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dagibbs
Cover and title lead me to expect something a bit more Lovecraftian.

Date: 2017-04-19 01:47 am (UTC)
mindstalk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mindstalk
Smith is entertainingly rich in gonzo ideas; as an *SF writer*, he could be more interesting than many.

Date: 2017-04-19 03:24 am (UTC)
chrysostom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] chrysostom
Kidnapping doomed beings reminds me of Varley's "Air Raid."

Date: 2017-04-19 03:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ashnistrike
It is, in fact, the cover illustration from the Second Cthulhu Mythos Megapack, which also came out in 2016. (And which I purchased a couple of weeks ago for professional purposes, so it's fresh in my mind.) I'm curious whether this is for Libertarian reasons, or simply due to publishers unwilling to pay for exclusivity. The lack of artist attribution in the megapack suggests the latter.

Date: 2017-04-19 06:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] avram
I tried to read Smith’s The Gallatin Divergence twice, and gave up because there were too many libertarian lectures. And I was a libertarian at the time!

Date: 2017-04-19 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
I liked "Bucketeers" myself, although I read it long enough ago that any Libertarian content may have gone over my head.

Date: 2017-04-19 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] eub
Huh! That's interesting.

Date: 2017-04-19 02:40 pm (UTC)
thewayne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thewayne
At the time I was in to Smith (early/mid '80s) I was heavily Republican and probably classed as a Libertarian, we had more political flexibility in this country. You could be more of a liberal republican or conservative democrat. But those heretical times are no more. Once upon a time Smith was on the ticket of the Libertarian Party for President of the United States, but only in the state of Arizona. I don't believe he won. :-)

I don't have a problem with libertarianism, per se. What I do have a problem with is any political party being represented as a mono-block that THESE are our standards, and any deviation is HERESY. Political parties should be a spectrum, as libertarianism is a spectrum from total anarchy to a somewhat less centralized government with more personal responsibility. I don't think Smith's concept of Libertarianism is realizable because we don't have 2+ centuries of having worked that way, and to implement it now would probably cause 2+ centuries of chaos and anarchy, with a huge loss of life before it stabilized in to khod knows what.

Date: 2017-04-19 03:51 pm (UTC)
autopope: Me, myself, and I (Default)
From: [personal profile] autopope
Apropos the "Antarctica ice-free until 15,000 years ago" thing, I've tripped over this somewhat bonkers meme elsewhere on the internet. As it's obviously incompatible with the Global Big Climatology Conspiracy To Dupe Us All Into Believing In Global Warming, I file it under "beliefs giving aid and comfort to the lunatic fringe". Not so surprising, from Smith ...

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