Daedalus

Daedalus

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A question to anyone with any knowledge of modern languages. In the film Arrival, Amy Adams plays a linguistics lecturer. Just as news of the appearance of aliens is pinging up on everyone’s phones, she starts to tell her class why Portuguese sounds so d
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  • Are you a ...?
    Published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Historical fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    William Golding, Joseph Conrad
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Grass (RIP Sherri S Tepper)
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    Major publishing deal
    Your worst habit?
    Over-ambition
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    It is a tough game, but everyone does their best
    Where do you write?
    No longer contributing on main wall, to blogs or public forums
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    None of the above

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    John Alty
    John Alty commented on Daedalus's wall:
    Kind words, Daeds, thank you.
    7 hours ago
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    Daedalus
    Daedalus commented on John Alty's wall:
    Powerful stuff for a first attempt at dystopia in the monthly comp John, and on the strength of this, I hope not your last
    10 hours ago
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    J.net
    J.net commented on Daedalus's wall:
    Thanks, Daeds. My first go at Dystopia as not my genre. Yours is excellent.
    3 days ago
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    Daedalus
    Daedalus commented on Mat's wall:
    What a ghastly future you've painted for us in the comp this month. I would have laughed but stranger things have turned out to be true
    3 days ago
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    Daedalus
    Daedalus commented on J.net's wall:
    Your comp entry is compellingly bleak J.net! Not a fun read exactly but enjoyable
    3 days ago
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    poggle
    poggle commented on Daedalus's wall:
    Stone frigates? It explains some of the puzzling things in the reality armed forces progs I've seen. Thanks for the info you gave me in your reply :-)
    5 days ago
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    Daedalus
    Daedalus commented on poggle's wall:
    Thanks. Yes, it’s a cap - the band with the name of the ship is known as a tally, by the way. HMS Daedalus wasn’t a ship by 1967 - by then it was the naval air station at Lee on Solent - all RN shore establishments have ship’s names and are ...
    6 days ago
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    poggle
    poggle commented on Daedalus's wall:
    Hello Daedelus, I saw a photo of a sailor wearing a HMS Daedelus cap (is a sailor hat called a cap?) in an old newspaper I was lighting the fire with (from 1967) the other day and thought of you. I wonder what happened to him. He looked very smart, ...
    6 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    Indeed. In fact, at the risk of derailing the discussion (a subject for another blog perhaps?) I often find that an excess of 'show' makes the prose far too bulky. Sometimes you can 'tell' something in just a few words that takes half a page to ...
    6 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    I suppose the prose might be slightly 'telly' by current standards but I wouldn't call it dense. There's a lyricism to it which I think you'd appreciate Raine
    6 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    That settles it then Richard, I really must get another copy. Oh look, a 1968 paperback on ABE books...
    6 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    It’s a very different Europe in the novel too, of course. The ‘Brother John’ section is set in Rome, if I recall correctly. The whole thing seems so divorced from current politics I wouldn’t have made that connection myself. I must get ...
    6 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    Steampunk has fallen a long way from its roots, as has SF in general to an extent, but steampunk is now far more an aesthetic than a serious branch of the genre. It was created by William Gibson (who also created cyberpunk) and Bruce Sterling with ...
    7 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    A biography of Roberts would be a fascinating read, but I suspect not an easy one. Funnily enough, the term ‘steampunk’ never occurred to me in relation to Pavane. I suppose partly because it’s almost steampunk in reverse (steampunk tending ...
    7 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    As you know Richard, I love this book too. I discovered it while browsing the SF Masterworks collection in a bookshop, a series that led me to Frederick Pohl and Charles Bester and Joe Haldeman, but nothing I have loved so much as Pavane. I love it ...
    8 days ago

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  • John Alty
    by John Alty 7 hours ago
    Kind words, Daeds, thank you.
  • J.net
    by J.net 3 days ago
    Thanks, Daeds. My first go at Dystopia as not my genre. Yours is excellent.
  • poggle
    by poggle 5 days ago
    Stone frigates? It explains some of the puzzling things in the reality armed forces progs I've seen. Thanks for the info you gave me in your reply :-)
  • poggle
    by poggle 6 days ago
    Hello Daedelus, I saw a photo of a sailor wearing a HMS Daedelus cap (is a sailor hat called a cap?) in an old newspaper I was lighting the fire with (from 1967) the other day and thought of you. I wonder what happened to him. He looked very smart, anyway.
  • J.net
    by J.net 1 month ago
    Thanks re the comp entry, Daeds - sorry it's taken so long to acknowledge (post holiday). Just had the chance to read yours - loved it.
  • TheWeyMan
    by TheWeyMan 2 months ago
    Wow thanks Daedalus, that is very encouraging! I've just had a read of yours as well, love the way you write. You managed to keep me engaged in church, no mean feat!
  • John Alty
    by John Alty 2 months ago
    Terrific writing, your comp entry.
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 2 months ago
    Thanks, Daeds. Just read yours - brilliant! :-)
  • Barny
    by Barny 2 months ago
    FB is an almost complete mystery to me. Hope I did that right.
  • Barny
    by Barny 2 months ago
    Hi - do you want to reshare your book launch event on FB, then I can reshare?