Date: 2017-09-14 02:48 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Interesting set of responses. The story itself could easily translate to a software project setting that has to deal with legacy code, backward compatibility, and cryptic comments...

Date: 2017-09-14 12:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rdm
Oddly enough we were discussing this very story just a couple days ago.

Date: 2017-09-14 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I share the common suspicion that military humor stores are out of fashion for two reasons: the end of the draft means not as many people have personal experience of the life, and the current longest-ever-war is kind of sucking the humor out of it.

The last military humor SF I recall reading was Robert Asprin's "Phule" series. And he died nearly a decade ago.

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NPH

Date: 2017-09-14 03:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mmcirvin
Military humor occupied the same niche that things like "Dilbert" and "Office Space" would decades later.

Date: 2017-09-14 07:35 pm (UTC)
dwight_benjamin_thieme: My daughter Ellen in her debut as Rusty from Footloose (Default)
From: [personal profile] dwight_benjamin_thieme
I loved the WJW Divertimenti stuff and was sad when he said he would no longer be writing them due to lack of demand.

Which mebbe tells you something about the demand for humor in the sf crowd.

Date: 2017-09-15 05:44 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The Divertimenti books suffered from weak sales; IMS they weren't marketed very well (or, really, at all).

I don't see any evidence that written SF has moved away from humor.


Doug M.

Date: 2017-09-14 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
I would think the current atmosphere of "worship the military or be battered by a myriad of conservative commentators" also makes it difficult to sell a story showing the military as institutionally SNAFU-prone.

Date: 2017-09-14 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] keith_morrison
You can still find military humor. Example: "A Ship Named Francis" by Ringo and Victor Mitchell, one of the Honorverse short stories, is a classic "utterly dysfunctional military unit where they sent all the rejects" story.

Date: 2017-09-15 03:10 am (UTC)
leecetheartist: A lime green dragon head, with twin horns, and red trim. Very gentle looking, with a couple spirals of smoke from nose. (Default)
From: [personal profile] leecetheartist
Schlock Mercenary?

Date: 2017-09-14 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] agharta75
No cats.

Date: 2017-09-14 07:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] flick
I'd never read it before, but I went upstairs and found a copy. For once, I mostly agree with the Young People!

My main lingering thought about it is "what's an allamagoosa?"

Date: 2017-09-15 04:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chrysostom
I sometimes think the Young People aren't really approaching these stories fairly, but for this one - either you find something funny or you don't.

Date: 2017-09-15 08:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beamjockey
[SELECT ICON: I feel we are definitely in accordion-playing gorilla territory.]

Example of Offog spotted in the wild.

You WILL want to click through to learn the Offog's name.

Date: 2017-09-15 09:58 pm (UTC)
beamjockey: Gorilla playing accordion (gorilla)
From: [personal profile] beamjockey
See, a clergyman can give an unofficial pet any old goofy name, but official status demands a pet be given a sober, dignified sobriquet.

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