This rumination on Queen's three types of songs, as seen by aliens trying to understand these odd Deathworlders.
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Comment on Challenge #02152-E323: Meet the Neighbours
(In response to someone on Steemit commenting about how the dinosaurs didn't realise their shelter was under Antarctica, but I don't have a Steemit account)
Well during their (ancestor's?) time, what became Antarctica was a temperate forest still connected to what would become Australia. So it makes a surprising amount of sense for them not to have realised, assuming they thought it was more likely that the world was still in a global winter than for the continent to have drifted enough south and the climate to have cooled just enough that their shelter was located in one of the few places in the world to be in the permafrost zones, but not so much that the rest of the world was in a similar state. Of course if that's the case, they should be popping their heads out in our timeline in about another century or so unless we get our act together very soon...
RE: Replying to Gallifreya's linguistics prompt:
"Why not Both?"
Can do, small Mexican girl!
So the version I've seen is the same as that one, but with one additional post:
"It’s not even consistent; it varies wildly by geographical region, ancestry and personal history of the individual, which, like, how is a poor anthropologist meant to know that sort of detail? How do humans divine this sort of thing upon meeting new members of their species? Do they have some sort of associative telepathy? No? Argh!"
And I will post this as a prompt after the story for your prompt appears, so I know which number to use as reference.
RE: Challenge #01291-C196: Bat Rogers in the 22nd Century
If you want some more Space Bat feels, there's always this video, which reads out a Reddit post. Just... ignore the typo in the description. It's been bugging me ever since I first watched the video, but they put 'literally' where they either meant 'literary' or 'literal', and that kind of thing irritates me, like an itch I can't reach.
But the one that I watched for the first time a little while ago, that legitimately got me to tear up, despite it reusing the same music from the video I linked in my prompt, and it being rather silly on the face of it - claiming that Space Bat survived and is helping out up at the ISS - is this one. I don't know if it was just because it was the end of a long, stressful day, when I first saw it, or what. But... Space Bat always hits me in the feels, in a way not many other things can.
Replying to Gallifreya's linguistics prompt:
if you didn’t know stuff about humans you would think they get mad at the weirdest stuff
like one human raises their thumb to another human
that’s good, humans like that
one human raises their middle finger to another human
humans do NOT LIKE THAT
humans think that is a BAD FINGER
don’t you DARE raise that specific finger at me
any other finger is ok just not that one
Anthropology will be the hard elective in alien school.
“Is the middle finger weaponized? Does it spray a venom perhaps”
“No, student Xeepzorp, it is frail and harmless like the others”
I saw a continuation of this on someone's blog that I think is worthy of consideration. Should I put it as a seperate, follow-on prompt, for after the initial story is posted, or should I just post it here?
RE: Challenge #01279-C184: Ambassador Murder-bot
Glad to be back. And since I submitted that, I've managed, through various means, to scrounge enough money for a new computer. I'll be paying back the loan for at least a year, but I have a right arm again, so that's good.
I was still accumulating prompts while I was without computer, just at a slower rate, typed on my phone. Got some good ones, too.
I don't read all that much Steampunk, (at least, not compared to some other genres) and a lot of what I have read I forgot to note down the authors so I could find them again later, but you can't talk about steampunk without mentioning Girl Genius, by Phil and Kaja Foglio. There's the webcomic, of course, and the graphic novel collections thereof, but they've also got novel versions of the first three overarching storylines. I've only read the first two, as I haven't had a lot of cash recently to buy books (which would be why I haven't bought the latest collection of Instants yet, 'Nutter, your traditional $20AUD is coming), but they're both highly enjoyable.
Another author I would recommend would be Jim Butcher. He's got an in-progress Urban Fantasy series (the first book of which was done when he was told to write the most trite, formulaic thing he could, but make it good), a completed High Fantasy one (that the first book of was created on a bet that he couldn't take two ideas that in no way fit together, and write a good story out of it), and a just-started Steampunk one (I don't know the story behind this one, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone bet or challenged him - seems to be a pattern). I think only the first novel is out, 'The Aeronaut's Windlass', but I've been avoiding looking at what's come out recently, so as not to taunt myself with things I can't afford.
The only other Steampunk author I can recall offhand is George Mann. I've read a few of his novels in the Newbury & Hobbes series - the ones subtitled with the gloriously verbose "A Newbury & Hobbes- or A Maurice Newbury investigation". They're essentially Sherlock Holmes pastiches, but very enjoyable ones.
Maybe have a look here? Seem to be a few authors of the female persuasion listed.
If you can find it, there's a few graphic novels of Atomic Robo that deal with Robo's creator, Nikola Tesla, and the adventures he got up to with a group of like-minded adventurers, and they're steampunk, quite distilled steampunk at that, considering the rest of the series is set at various times in the 20th and early 21st series, so they really condense it down. I think they're under the Real Science Adventures label, or something like that? Don't have my copies with me, to check.
RE: Challenge #01173-C078: My Neighbour Baq'oth'met
Dammit, that was me.