Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody believes that Japan’s conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons — a group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest terrorist tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead.
Captain Beniko Ishimura’s job is to censor video games, and he’s tasked with getting to the bottom of this disturbing new development. But Ishimura’s hiding something…kind of. He’s slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated than it seems, and the subversive videogame’s origins are even more controversial and dangerous than the censors originally suspected.
I admit that mech looks pretty cool, but honestly, I remember reading excerpts of "ready player one" on here a while ago and that was enough to make me leery of a lot of these "we're totally in with videogame and anime culture!" books (even though, I confess, I've thought of writing one and seeing if I could publish it on amazon too). I guess I could give this a shot when it comes out, but I'm not betting it'll dethrone "Man in the High Castle" as WWII alt-hist...
Johnny Spaceboots, a well-known namefag on 4chan's /m/, an imageboard founded by moot in the early 21st century and later handed over to Hiroyuki Nishimura.
When it came to researching /m/, I didn't cut any corners--a turn of phrase meaning I read as much as I possibly could. I ready every single Spaceboots story going as far back as I could reach, on both /m/ and fanfiction/net--a site where amateur authors could upload unofficial fiction based on established properties-- including "NGORNY KARLBACH: NEW GUDNAM PCORHICLES PART 2: I WILL BE FICTORY" and "Star Wars VII: The Third Secret Death Star".
I wasn't messing around.
I wasn't some dilettante (a word that refers to someone dabbling superficial in something)
My commitment would be unquestionable.
You'd be amazed at how much Spaceboots you can read when you have nothing better to do but laugh at crazy renditions of old anime, which is a twentieth-century term for Japanese cartoons.
>check out amazon
>Frequently Bought Together:
>The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick Paperback $9.04
it looks like coyote tango to me.
>Beniko Ishimura waa waiting. He knew hat the americans were comningn abnd htaht he wars about to kil them. The Gerogie Wahsingoon was bad guys and made them scared, bu they had to fight because thye had to protect their freedome. "bneiko ishismuorl have you killed all the american whitep oeple" say command center and beniko say "No, there is not an americansn hnow in shight for us ot target because they have not gotten hertes yes" say bnenikoo ishimuro. "then kikll theh malll when htey get tehre" and he waityed some more. beniko iwikiushuro was getting crazy now form all the waiting and then the truth hit him, there were n oamericans. "The only one waiting... IS ME" say beniko with despair
I really hope there'll be more virtual combat. Wade was an insanely boring main character, and there was no real final confrontation. Armada is EVEN WORSE, because it tries to push in a literal Macross plot at the very end.
Soda Pop Soldier was the only MMO-punk novel that didn't suck, and that was because it had an adult protagonist and focused on:
1.) A modern-warfare-esque FPS.
2.) A highly illegal, XXX-rated game that was equal parts Dark Souls and Diablo.
I mean, I just want to see the fuckers PLAY THE GAME.
We already had a dead thread over this. It's just official fanfiction work.
>A spiritual sequel to The Man In The High Castle, focusing on the New Japanese Empire, from an acclaimed author and essayist.
>Art by John Liberto (http://www.johnliberto.com/)
I'm planning on self publishing a bunch books eventually, and I've already decided that if I ever have references I'll go with the "don't explain jokes" variety. And not the Family Guy/Spy Hard way of doing references we see in >>13804132
And I'm probably not going to have any references at all in my first few books.
Boy, you're in for a surprise.
No seriously, you didn't read RPO?
Heh, lucky faggot.
If you must know, this shit was heralded as the hottest geek book back then.
I heard the other two books by him were considered shit even by casual readers, but what do I know 'cause I'm sure as hell not gonna read them.
>Hyper advanced computer society
>can just fake your avatar and in turn fame your identity
The core of it could be a decent story provided the right setting. As it is, it's just fucking retarded.
>elect Wil Wheaton
>a Twitter drone who just says whatever poorly formed hivemind opinion is currently trending, even if it completely conflicts with what he said last week
You can't say he doesn't have the makings of a real politician, I guess.
tl;dr it's willy wonka meet virtual reality game, which is a neat idea, but it's bogged down by shallow references.
unfortunately, making references themselves IS a plot point, not helped by the fact that it pretty much feels like filling a checklist than making a story.
also yeah it's a wish fulfilment story, nothing wrong with that, but it is done in the most neckbeard way possible.
think my immortal but for 80's "hardcore" nerd.
fuck, i need to sleep.
It's bad because it's just a bunch of random fanboy nonsense jumbled together for the sake of pushing the writers political leanings. It's not even structured or paced well, either.
fuck, i put tl;dr in the wrong place.
have this anyway, fresh from /tvg/
Give me a single way the Japanese could have ever, EVER won the war, let alone INVADE THE US AND TAKE OVER AND BRAINWASH THE COUNTRY.
It's like KanColle all over again.
Germany WAS researching atomic weapons. Didn't get them shit and they had worse scientists than the Germans. They also couldn't fly a bomber to the west coast, let alone a place of importance, without winning basically every naval battle and also outproducing us, which was impossible for many reasons. I would have eternally kek'd if they nuked their own country if we were invading the mainland though.
Second best case is that they use it to BTFO the entire American side of a naval battle (assuming they invented and built one overnight) but the backlash of horrified Americans would probably do them more harm then good. Imagine Pearl Harbor rage times twenty.
>he grabbed the umbrella from the stand
>he had grabbed the umbrella from the stand
It implies the "had" was a separate time than "now". I don't know about grammatical correctness but that's how I read it.
English is not my first language so I'm not gonna bother looking up the grammar terms, but no. It could be just "selected", but there's no such thing as "had select" or whatever you're suggesting.
Didn't even watch the anime, but the whole idea around KanColle is Imperialwank. Feels good knowing US has never lost a war because of their military. inb4 Vietnam because that got ruined by the people back home. Was a shit war that wasted life but that's besides the point.
>dissing Nimitz and pals
>naval warfare student
>the backlash of horrified Americans would probably do them more harm then good. Imagine Pearl Harbor rage times twenty.
>Give me a single way the Japanese could have ever, EVER won the war
right bear with me, instead of dying as his plane was shot down, isoroku yamamoto woke up in the past, 1905 to be exact, with all knowledge he acquired up to that point.
With all his acquired wisdom and knowledge he builds up the most advanced navy in the world, which includes a fleet of nuclear submarines and uses it as Japan's secret weapon
Oh, that's what all the memery recently has been about. Wonderful, hope the japs cry while fapping to the very shipgirls that sunk their navy.
>but the whole idea around KanColle is Imperialwank
nope, it's about ships being girls, everything else is secondary.
and by the way, nationalist dickstroking is disgusting regardless of the country.
>and by the way, nationalist dickstroking is disgusting regardless of the country.
fuck off Sweden.
Literally the only way to "win" would be to not get involved in WWII.
Finish the war with China, sit tight digesting your territorial gains, and come down on the side of the west during the Cold War. Eventually blossom as major power and the undisputed master of Asia.
This is the absolute best that can reasonably be hoped for. Conquering America is unconscionable.
honestly, I think they could have steamrolled all the way down as they did while skipping the Philippines ann not touching pearl harbour and just sit on that for years, all that delicious natural resource.
I know right? Who gives a fuck about the Dutch East Indies? Do you really think FDR is going to sell the American people on going to war with a country over stealing territory from a country that doesn't even really exist at this point any more?
The only way for any Axis country to win would be the US not getting in the war. The Soviets did most of the hard work to beat Germany but they only won in the end because US gave backup to UK and friends (which would ultimately lose at some point if not for that) and made two-front war longer. Italy... well, they kinda fucked themselves, but US had a major part in that too because of the African/Mediterranean campaigns. No nation in the world could match US industry and their were geographically untouchable by then - except for Hawaii and Alaska. Too bad for Japan.
The US also gave huge amounts of aid to the USSR via lend-lease and stuff as well; they likely couldn't have maintained the industrial output necessary to keep fighting without American metal and other resources.
Japan's real problem was too little manpower, too few natural resources, and too little industrial capacity compared to America. A couple nukes isn't going to solve that.
I suggest playing Victoria 2 or Hearts of Iron 3 to understand how fundamentally unfair an advantage America has.
As of December 1941, not really.
>READY PLAYER ONE
I'm listening to the audiobook at the moment and I kind of like the world it's set it.
The main character is insufferable though, and you get passages like this:
>be nip nog way back when, fishing while contemplating nature and your samurai heritage
>wife occasionally gets fancy technology things from her sister in the capital, it's cool but nothing beats sake and haikus
>suddenly emperor comes on radio
>we need to expand our grorious empire and defeat Chinese and Korean dogs, we will become a world power
>better listen to god on earth
>honorably kill hundreds of civilians
>get sent back home because your commanding officer who fucking hated the navy and tried to sabotage them got assassinated
>suddenly Pearl Harbor, oh shit, get stationed to a shitty rock
>radio keeps telling about our victories, feels good, time passes
>one day radio admits we got fucked hard
>told to get my ass ready, Americans will land here to reclaim rock
>buddies killing themselves left and right, supplies are running low, everyone's guns are actually shit and those who try to run are shot
>months later the emperor comes on radio, explains that Hiroshima and Nagasaki got BTFO by American magic
>go back home
>home town was firebombed to hell, no survivors
>nobody else is returning because they all died in a naval battle, on a shitty rock, flying into a battleship or committed suicide
>eventually find wife, she escaped, but everything will be okay as long as we are together
>American occupying force gangbangs her, left her disfigured and pregnant
>she dies in childbirth, bastard child ends up deformed because we lived downwind of Hiroshima
>spend the next 50 years of my life in a puppet civilization with shit economy, always told about how bad we were during the war
>either give up honorable heritage by admitting Japan was in the wrong or pretend that because I didn't do anything bad (implying killing chinks is bad) then nobody did anything bad
>fuck it I can live a lie, fuck you American pigs
>live with guilt for 70 years
>walk in on my retard bastard son fapping to a trap doujinshi, he's almost 50 years old now
>being nip is suffering
The main character is literally a self-insert fantasy for fat neckbeard atheist geeks. It is painful reading, but the 80s references sort of make up for it. Holy shit though. people moan about Shinji but this guy really takes the cake.
I loved reading Asimov stuff, or even skimming a wikipedia article about his stuff. Pretty sure there's a lot of great scifi writers too, and hell, Japan has a bunch of good scifi writers too. How the hell do intersections end up so bad, most of the time?
This shit is like the Kappa Mikey of /m/.
I don't actually know too many but uh...
Hideyuki Kikuchi (Not stories, but his world building is fucking great)
Light novel stuff now seems too pandering, why?
I found the parts where the book went "AND THEN REFERENCES HAPPENED, I GUESS" and the main character's obnoxiousness amusing in a "how did this get past the editor" way.
If you can somehow get past these two huge flaws, you're left with an entertaining enough cyberpunk story set in a world so fucked up that people are convinced that the past is somehow more worth experiencing than the present.
I don't wanna include stuff that already has shows, and storyboarders for shows don't really count. Plus I don't really know that many, I'm sorry anon.
I'm sure someone else could definitely name a bunch more.
That's a neat enough concept, but iunno. I hate cringe more than a lot of other stuff, and this really makes me have to sit down to take.
>MFW a ton of the most impressive Japanese sci-fi creators aren't writers at all, but animators and mangaka
Not gonna let you sit here and shit on Japanese creators when Shirow et al. were the ones who finally lifted cyberpunk out of neo-noir cliche/body-horror-cuz-it's-kewl/corny neologism hell.
If it's not limited to novelists, then there a few more, I guess. I haven't read much stuff though, especially since
I've been trying to get through Guin Saga andI'm pretty new to reading JP stuff..
Otomo, Anno, Hiroyuki Yamaga, Makoto Yukimura. There're a lot more, too, because (obviously) anime is very open to sci-fi premises. True, there isn't as much "Nerd Rapture through Space Travel" stuff, but thankfully, there's a lot less "Nerd Rapture through Space Travel" stuff. I tend to like how Japanese sci-fi is more concerned with an individual human's existence within an alien (to us) social paradigm, and focuses less on compression of meaningful human existence via spacetime travel shenanigans or speculation on the post-humanity. It's more, what's the word... relatable.
Tipping is motion involving the slight angling of the brim of one's hat, usually done during a farewell, to denote respect. A trilby, often confused with a fedora, is a short-brimmed hat worn favored by atheists. An atheist often tips his fedora in a smug fashion when he believes he has won an argument, mocking his opponent with his superior intellect, as I am doing right now.
Pic related it's the author, not that he'll have any trouble getting retarded teenage LOL so nerdy XD girls now.
"With (giant robot) weapons like this, I think they would have at least beat germany."
"Nah, it would have been something like this."
>There're a lot more, too, because (obviously) anime is very open to sci-fi premises. True, there isn't as much "Nerd Rapture through Space Travel" stuff, but thankfully, there's a lot less "Nerd Rapture through Space Travel" stuff. I tend to like how Japanese sci-fi is more concerned with an individual human's existence within an alien (to us) social paradigm, and focuses less on compression of meaningful human existence via spacetime travel shenanigans or speculation on the post-humanity. It's more, what's the word... relatable.
I wish someone would translate deep blue fleet.
>The only way for any Axis country to win would be the US not getting in the war.
Reminds me of Fatherland. Set in the 60s, USA and Nazi Germany are the two superpower rivals in the Cold War.
Never letting Yamamoto talk the majority of the Empire into attacking America, and instead focusing on building up their forces to completing the takeover of the Asian-side of the Pacific in order to secure the necessary resources to properly fund their naval war machine. They already had a generous portion of East and Southeast Asia under their control. They just needed to solidify control and sit there while the British and Dutch whine over their aggression into or close to their territories. Then dig in with homefield advantage if any of the European nations seriously attempted to retake their holdings.
FDR wouldn't be able to successfully convince an isolationist-loving America to switch over to wartime production, and would only ever be providing supplies to Britain rather than outright joining the war effort. If anything, The Nazis might be the ones to have pulled the trigger to drag the US into war, while Japan remained on the defensive securing and fortifying their holdings.
As to the idea of United States of Japan, interestingly, Britain's super battleship concepts partially came about due to initial fears that the US and Japan might ally AGAINST Britain and their territories across the world.
Funnily enough in regards to the former Imperial Japan, there's been various opinion articles as of late that the US shouldn't have locked down Japan as badly as they did, and instead should have allowed Japan to retain some of their conquered territories in order to maintain order in the Pacific, even if it's as a servant country to the US. If only to ensure that China would never have become the powerhouse that it is now and that the Koreas would still be one Korea and under Japanese administration with backing from the US.
While reading this I couldn't help but reflexively clutch my forehead.
>It was black and chrome in color
marked the start of the dull pain and it persisted all the way through. Putting aside the horrendous, stilted use of references, the passage just reads horribly. I've been at greater ease reading the dense, mental contortions of French sociologists and mathematical proofs. I feel like this is something anyone could squeeze out after taking Remedial Creative Writing 99.
The tears are flowing, but I can't tell whether I'm happy or sad.
>Jean Baudrillard is more pleasant to read than this book
Japs were sitting on top of one of the largest oil fields in the world in Daqing Manchuoko. Problem was, they never found it. If they did so in the 30s, the U.S. could stuff it's embargo, lel.
>The other five had giant mecha from Robotech and Evangelion.
I suppose I could give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he's talking about the SDF-1. But I think we all know that's not the case.
He's a faggot who learned everything from browsing wiki articles and summaries. He just needs to name drop whatever crap he finds from some "nerd checklist" or something and people will lap it up and think he's a "professional geek" because of the sheer quantity of references, no matter how surface-level they are.
Because the people who read his shit believe he's a "master geek" and they find that such a novel, entertaining concept. His fans don't realize that he's just name dropping references as he reads them off a wiki because they aren't well-versed in this shit like we are.
He's a snakeoil salesman of nerd culture.
But hold on, aren't most hobbyists into a few things instead of having passing interests in a ton of things?
Doesn't anyone who knows anything about Macross, even if all they know is that Robotech is a cartoon with robots, wouldn't they know that Valkyries/Varitechs are transforming F-14s? That's not "giant" by any stretch of the imagination unless you're comparing them to humans. Even then, they're just "big."
Most people probably wouldn't be fussy about how big something needs to be to be considered giant. It's bigger than them and the things they usually interact with, like cars and whatnot
The way most people see it, the underpinning of what it means to be a nerd or geek is the intensity in which you consume something. It's about being "autistic" towards something as 4chan would to define it. Just look at how much devotion it takes to really get into something like D&D or tabletop games, or to have adequate knowledge on [quality] science fiction concepts or ideas. To a casual observer, watching two nerds argue or talk about that kind of thing would be like listening to a discussion in another language. These are the discussions which power the fandom - about the core concepts and ideas that stretch across a genre or a hobby. Discussions about the physics behind minovsky particles, how an imperial star destroyer generates artificial gravity, or anything else you'd find on a given day on /m/, /tg/, or whatever.
Ernest Cline doesn't want to speak another language. He doesn't want to portray nerd culture as it truly is and always has been. Instead, he takes the easy route - name-dropping and referencing. It's the same strategy the Big Bang Theory uses to appear "nerdy" except Cline doesn't have the benefit of a laugh track to mask his shitty writing. He believes the sheer quantity of references he uses is enough to give the illusion of "speaking geek".
Do people realize they can present the idea that there is no higher power without sounding like a cunt?
I guess "I don't believe in god and there's some pretty good evidence that your ancestors made yours up" dmisn't as satisfying as "Well, religious people are fucking stupid and there is no 'higher power' because we can prove it with science, which is objectively better than gOD!"
I get what you're saying, but the author was implicitly comparing VFs (potentially Destroids) to Evangelions.
The way he writes Japanese characters is amazing.
>black mourning robes
>dying in the game, he died for real
Now hold on, TVTropes is pretty much the best fucking reference system of pop literature. It's ace at identifying novels, comics or books you read once and only barely remember nowadays.
>like the idea of somehow Japan taking over America and we've just integrated into society with them, it sounds like a "What if.." plot to a episode of Star Trek
>BUT THERE ARE REBELS AND ONE IS NAMED GEORGE WASHINGTON, AND IT'S ALSO ABOUT VIDEO GAMES
>I was all up on Tranzor as a little kid.
Then wouldn't you know that Minerva X was fully autonomous, and din't have a cockpit?
>each book is light novel size.
Ah yes, Light Novels, the pinnacle of literature.
Oh don't get me wrong, his writing is shit (the commonly used vulgarity to refer to excrement). I'm just saying that there's probably at least two or three guys in their mid 30s who do actually know of Tranzor from it being on TV.
No, because the video game in Ender's game was an awful case of TECHNOLOGY. In fact, both games were. The Giant's Game was stupid and didn't make any fucking sense with the twist, and neither did the fleet simulation. Why would those ships need pilots and crews? How can a universe with such advanced MILITARY ENTERTAINMENT games not have AI advanced enough to pilot fleets of ships while the generals told them what to do? What man would willingly follow orders to the letter when those orders are telling him to die?
Randall Monroe may be loved by redditors but he's actually pretty smart. That, and if you've ever read the /r9k/ FAQ (like most new users do), then you'd know he's a hell of a lot better at expressing himself than this cunt.
Wow, the main character is so progressive and understanding, and a great ally to people of color and LBGT people!
He just keeps getting better and better as I listen. He has no flaws.
Top class writing.
Bad sci-fi time?
This is total garbage. It sets up a wonderful background but massively focuses on its OCD ridden bitch. I'm pretty SJW tolerant but this shit was just full of it. It completely falls apart in the third act. I can't tell you how mad I am that I spend time reading this.
Everything about RPO strikes me as "white dude Twilight" in that it is primarily concerned with fellating the egos of both stupid teenagers and stupid young adults that have bought into a certain zeitgeist. Which is of course why Spielberg is making a movie of it.
I said it before in this thread and I'll say it again, go fucking read Rainbows End instead.
On a tangential note, I'm completely convinced that RE is perfect for a Studio Ghibli adaptation.
Forgot to, but it had a non-ending. It was like the author just gave up, said fuck it, and called it a day. The book itself makes you not care about anyone in the story.
Yes, I am super butthurt over reading it.
I disagree somewhat. I consider myself a geek. I immerse myself in my chosen interests as much as I can. I don't experience everything first-hand, though. I was not the lucky sort of person whose parents threw whatever entertainment he wanted at him uncritically, so I haven't played all the games, or watched all the movies, or read all the books. I did indeed trawl Wikipedia and Youtube for much of my knowledge. But I don't love my objects of interest any less; I just love them differently. And I generally get enough of one thing or another to hold my own in a debate. It's a
privilegeto be able to throw yourself into primary sources, but just because you can't doesn't mean that you don't geek out about the idea of them. Human perception is always about imperfect models anyhow.
Oh, no, I'm not defending him. I cringed hard at the mech thing. You can do references well, but that's not how. A good reference is like the Majestic Prince throwback eyecatch or pic-related: it has to be unobtrusive and/or make sense in context. It can't disrupt the flow of the story. The best are the ones where you wouldn't even know were references if you weren't familiar with the source, but everyone who knows recognizes it immediately. And the only way you can be successful including one of these is if it's sourced from something you love.
I don't even read books for the plot anymore desu senpai, all I care about is that sweet sweet prose.
This is why your mother doesn't love you.
Anyhow, I'll use this as an opportunity to explain re: Ghibli:
>Main character 1 is an old man in a young man's body
>Main character 2 is a spirited little girl
>The antagonist is a classy, professional older man who has legit (but flawed) reasons for doing what he's doing
>The character binding them together is impish and mysterious and presents itself as a digital rabbit
>The world is AR-ified so there's constantly magical shit jumping up everywhere
>The final battle is fight between robots disguised essentially as Pokemon and Discworld characters
>Pic related is a prominent location
Shit is made for Miyazaki.
I figured most people would be intrigued when they found out one of the boards is moderated by a robot.
>not using the front page to search for interests
This is why people don't know we have a /3DCG/.
Interesting that you say that because Cassie Clare's Mortal Instruments series are just Find and Replace Harry Potter fanfics.
And come to think of it, Fifty Shades of Grey was a Find and Replace Twilight fanfic.
I'm friends with an author who based their book series on storylines that happened on a mud.
Remember, you too can be a published author and rake in a lot of money and get a movie if you find and replace your fanfics or your tabletop sessions.
Which makes me wonder, when's Johnny Spaceboots' first book coming out?
You think someone could actually do that these days? Write and get published an intentionally terrible and poorly proofed book as a joke? Is the world ready for Spaceboots?
I'd totally buy a real world Spaceboots book about Batman teaming up with Bernie Sanders and Doc Brown to fight Hitler.
This is way too much for me. I don't mind the weird social push, but the way it's shown IS preachy as fuck. But what really gets me is how this kid talks.
This is a neckbeard looking over a neckbeard lesbian. Scared that he'll start saying she was like a mother to him.
You know, this book could have been really dark. Like, really, really fucking dark. It wouldn't even have been hard to completely overturn the 'message' of the book.
Just end it with Halliday going - "Congratulations, you won. I've been looking for someone to take over from me forever, to become the god of this world. The catch is that you have to upload yourself to the game, and let your real body die."
"Before you argue, think about it. Only a guy with no life could've made it this far. You'll be immortal and all-powerful in the place you love the most. Fuck reality, right? What has it ever done for you? Think it over. I'll be here when you make your decision."
So Wade logs out, and he sees that Artemis is actually a very sheepish-looking dude, who goes "Yeah, I've been catfishing you. I'm sorry about that, you know? Boy, this is kind of awkward, isn't it?"
Then Wade turns around, and walks away. He's going home. Back to the place where he REALLY belongs: Oasis.
The moral of the story is - Reality sucks. It's better to be 2D.
Implying Ishikawa is any good at science fiction is laughable enough, but Imagawa as well is just side-splitting. I bet you think the Getter manga is special and not just overrated garbage, don't you?
Same reason why transhumanist propaganda often relies on imagery from Ghost in the Shell.
People are willing and eager to overlook the points made by a story as long as it can make them seem cooler by association.
how the fuck would he know anything about making nuclear reactors, and how the fuck would he go about laying the ground work for that in 1905 when he has to fight an uphill battle against all his crazy country men who will still exist and will end up being ideologically entrenched since the actual influence of a single individual sans heroic exploits to back it up is almost nil. I really have a hard time believing nuclear theory coalescing anywhere else but where it did in the timeline simply by altering a single person who was not even involved in anyway with developments in nuclear theory.
I am afraid I cant stop myself man, I mean at least make the magical horseshit reasons easier to buy, like a bunch of other people get sent back in time too or something I dunno. Be like an American wankfest story where Patton instead of dying in a motorbike crash gets sent back to 1820 and the suddenly the Southern states BTFO of the North using modern "Abrams" MBTs as Patton has revolutionized their military, and then the South takes over the world.
Its that level of stupid, great military minds dont usually have a whole lot of other areas of expertise you know like god damn quantum mechanics and theoretical physics.
Jesus christ I read that, it was pretty fucking shitty, I'm actualy tired of having to look for good and find only shitty scifi so here are some I found interesting:
vN The Machine Dynasty( 2 books as of now I think): Its a story about von neumann androids and how AIs would fit in society, its pretty interesting and in the third book I think it will end with the protagonists inside a O'neill cylinder the MC is trying to make to escape the clusterfuck, it also has some references but it doesn't shove and explain in your face, like there was a scientist guy who had a replica of the bike from Akira but I only connected the dots while near the end of the book and in the second they make a reference to the Entry Plug Experience attraction at a robot park, its pretty fun.
Another recommendation would be the Firefall duology from Peter WattsActually nearly all of his books are some incredibly good scifi, the duology deals with what happens when humanity meets aliens and they are not the star trek ones they expect, the series is pretty fucking heavy on transhumanism and what really means to be human, read it guys
Why is it that American authors are so determinedly focused on the subject of brave American guerillas fighting insurmountable odds to overthrow foreign oppressors, when the real-world situation is the exact opposite and any and all "freedom fighters" are treated like they were evil incarnate?
You know because thats how the country was fucking founded you dunce. Americans are raised on the premise of the revolutionary war, which was a bunch of brave "terrorists" fighting against the perceived oppression of the at the time monolithic British empire. As a result Americans tend to idealize the brave freedom fighter fighting the monolithic evil oppressor trope. Most of the "freedom fighters" they run into now are trying to kill them so they get a different label, much like how the British dont consider the revolutionary war to be particularly cool or honorable or whatnot. This shit aint rocket surgery guys
>no america, you ARE the evil empire
novels that say this tend to not be very popular either, most of the time it's the US taken over by "them", it doesn't matter who "they" are but the take over is hardly ever something that the main characters had a hand in and benefited from
This is the thing that has always perplexed me about being an American, as an American. Maybe it's because I'm black. Maybe it's because I lived in 4 different states before 4th grade. Maybe because my own personal mythology starts pretty decidedly with, "Anon, you weren't born in America." Whatever it is, I never understood this craven need to romanticize what America has been and what it's been about. We've done a lot of fucked up shit. We haven't been the underdogs in a long-ass time, and when we lose, it's usually due to our own hubris and not the cunning and strength of our enemy. These aren't things to be ashamed of, but they ARE things to acknowledge and learn from. We'll be a lot better off when we accept some basic truths about who we are (e.x., stop bitching about "the government"; we live in a republican democracy, we ARE the government, by proxy. You want to change something, change it.).
I am a foreigner, so what I say is generally shouted down as jealousy or "hating America", but I still have to say that the immorality of the US Citizenry in regard to the value of human life and rights when concerning non-Americans. The Snowden affair was a remarkably enlightening experience, as the public hardly batted an eyelid at the fact that their security apparatus had been actively spying on what are supposed to be closest friends and allies with whom trust, respect and equality is supposed to be of paramount importance, yet once the notion that US private citizens were also being spied upon came to light, there was an uproar of righteous indignation.
So if I'm not one of you, I don't have the right to even the barest shred of privacy? Nor does my president or prime minister elect? What kind of immorality are my friends and allies going to commit to next? I hear high-accuracy low-yield long range nuclear weapons and ICBM interception systems are an upcoming trend. Maybe they do plan to kill all of us for not being one of them?
Does the general public of your nation care more or the same about how your government treats citizens of other nations in their home countries? The American general public is stupid as fuck, but I don't see why it should be surprising that they care more about what happens to themselves than to citizens of other countries.
Yeah, but we're supposed to be better. That's my personal buy-in to the fairly irrational concept that is "American Exceptionalism". The bad things that other country's do aren't an excuse for us because we're supposed to be better.
Maybe you should ask your government why they let them spy on you. The 5 eyes thing wasn't just America spying on everyone else, as an example, the British intelligence agencies cooperated with the Americans on information gathering.
>am a foreigner, so what I say is generally shouted down as jealousy or "hating America", but I still have to say that the immorality of the US Citizenry in regard to the value of human life and rights when concerning non-Americans. The Snowden affair was a remarkably enlightening experience, as the public hardly batted an eyelid at the fact that their security apparatus had been actively spying on what are supposed to be closest friends and allies with whom trust, respect and equality is supposed to be of paramount importance
you're just naive. Allies have been spying on each other for years
It's the paradox of American society. We are the melting pot, the great experiment, and yet xenophobic isolationists. It really all comes down to our founding: creating a country built on both freedom and slavery at the same time. And we've never quite reconciled with that. Conservatives (and even many liberals) like to say that they don't have so-called "white guilt", and yet they load their guns and point them at the door, just in case a foreign boogeyman (as far as they're concerned, black and brown Americans are foreign) busts in. But who would tear into another's dwelling without reason? At the very least, they ask, "Why did we have to bring those people here? Why won't they leave?" Honey, I hate to break it to you, but that's guilt.
Americans are courageous. When we aren't, it's not because we're scared of a fight, it's because we're not sure if we deserve to win; if it isn't our Shakespearean tragic flaw coming to end us once and for all.
These are all escape clauses. "We can do this because-".
I grew up thinking the 'states was the flagship of the principles of western civilization. Back then, it filled this role to an extent, too. But for the last 15 years, the belief in the inherent right of Americans to any and all of their actions has overridden every aspect of what was formerly a path towards a world of soft power. And now, when I look at the state and her people, I see machiavellian idiotism and belief in life as a zero-sum game a la >>13817707 instead.
Espionage and "you're either with us or against us"-rhethoric are indicative of a relationship between nations that is not that of equal allies. It is an indicative of subjugation. What will be the next act of dehumanizing non-Americans? Which nation, people or ethnicity is next on the list for toppling? This isn't something civilized people do, you know, and it does not lead to a bright future.
I... I suppose I'll sage because this is a bit of an off-topic issue. Pardon.
Ah, the complexities of being American.
There's a quote I'm rather fond of: "a person is smart; people are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." When you factor in the unwritten powers that the public and the press have over government itself, you see a magnification of the collective idiocy that can only be held back by politicians who hopefully can tell the difference between what people want and what the nation needs.
Call it a failure state of the Republic system. Honestly, if it were any more truly Democratic it would only get worse, we need representatives to filter out the collective retardation.
I must note that I do not think the people even relate to the actions of the state anymore. It feels more as if... well, that the state blunders about without the least of regard of the rules of how civilized nations should conduct themselves, regardless of the fact that they set those rules themselves.
And then, the "people" largely look at the whole farce, with a slight, sinking feeling of despair, and go "well, it's stupid, but it's our stupid, so we'll support it", without any of the criticism or drive for change that the situation would require.
This is the kind of thing that makes me want to advocate for a third legislative house, one that has the representative ratio that the House was originally supposed to have (1:35,000?). They wouldn't be able to vote, but they would be the only people that the Senate could be lobbied by (a Senate that, when in session, would be otherwise sequestered). It would make the most powerful house simultaneously less beholden to special interests and more directly responsive to the people. If this third house was populated not by politicians but by experts from every field imaginable (as well as community leaders), all the better.
But we gotta get a handle on this. We're getting to the age where even small, disaffected groups can cause major damage, even if they're ultimately stopped. (This is the part where you thank MLK again for tying, at least, racial justice with non-violent protest.)
Personally I believe that what's good for the nation is not necessarily what's good for its people. Not exactly the most comforting of words in a post-Snowden world, but it's my distrust of the public being capable of recognizing when their own personal interests are fucking retarded and not helping anyone.
That said, at the same time someone needs to keep the political system in check, "who watches the watchmen" and whatnot. So while the system shouldn't exist to pander to public opinion even if that's the fundamental nature of democracy, public opinion should still hold weight in keeping the system from doing something outrageously stupid.
Because stories where the protagonists are already winning are boring as fuck. Starting from the bottom and fighting your way to victory is much better than flooring it like it's Desert Storm.
Virtually every developed country collects intelligence on other countries every chance it gets. This isn't even a big secret that everyone is in on, it just happens. Having to work extensively with foreign nationals makes this glaringly obvious. It makes complete sense that a country's government would try to acquire that kind of information, even on its own people.
I agree that people should have the right to privacy, but realistically I don't think it'll ever truly happen.
Spying on government agents is different from spying on civilians hoping to catch good intelligence in the dragnet. Big programs like the one the NSA is supposed to be shutting down (obviously not) opens the door to things like state-sponsored corporate espionage, which, oh, we've been criticizing China for lately.
It wouldn't be such a big deal if it weren't for the fact that economic integrity is the bulwark against the going to war again this century. Which brings us back to why it's REALLY REALLY important that we don't fuck up this refugee crisis. The more poor people with a grudge that we make today, the more we have to worry about one of them getting the expertise to false flag two major powers into something catastrophic 20, 30 years from now.
Hey, me too. I'm going through the Ender series, but there's just so much material.
Modern nationalism is vilified by the leftist politicians and media.
I consider myself to be obsessive of pop culture and entertainment ranging from the 1930s to 1980s, but this is just worrisome.