Recent content by ac220v

  1. ... And for responsible OTL recycling!

    Ok, this isn't so much about AH, as genre fiction in general... I believe Drake was the first who had this bright idea of just re-telling some historical event in a fantastic setting. And with him it works, mostly because he learned to pick really obscure ones, the kind you need to read about...
  2. 1635, etc...

    Was it? Last time I checked Baen's Universe was discontinued, but I heard nothing about the GG, and there appears to be nothing on their site. Do you have any links?
  3. 1635, etc...

    Depends. Publication order works fine if you want to both know the whole plot and not to get any spoilers, and is, so far as I can tell "official." Ifyou only want the "good stuff" then anything not written by either Flint himself and alone or Weber&Flint can be safely skipped. Thats's my...
  4. Victoria II

    The version sold in Russia/ex-USSR definitely does (it contains English localization files as well as Russian ones.) Most games sold there by legit publishers do, even when they're DRM-free in the West. They're usually somewhat cheaper too.
  5. Victoria II

    Ok, I knowI probably should've asked it on official forums, but... Is it worth it and what can I do? First, whatever copy protection it's using and my DVD drive HATE each other (half the time it's DVD drive just making fart-like noises and refusing to read it at all, another half is even...
  6. Question... What do people think of Michael Z. Williamson's

    It's actually quite good as a story, even if the Freehold itself is a classic Marysuetopia. It even has "flaws" Mad Mike and his fans constanltly point out to prove it isn't anything of the kind. :rolleyes: ("Rating agencies scandal" being the most egregious instance, or the rationale behind...
  7. Lathe that uses only lathed parts?

    Thanks. As to why am I asking, well, it's one of those "I can't believe it's for real" feats of engineering and metalworking, things like most parts of a carriage just don't look like your typical lathed parts... But after googling a bit more I'm convinced, although I still haven't found...
  8. Lathe that uses only lathed parts?

    Oh, sure, but is it possible to build a copy of one using nothing but another lathe? I can see why Stirling have chosen this particular type, but there are still quite a few parts that don't look like they can be re-designed to be readily producible on a lathe. (ADD: Yes, Leaton wasn't...
  9. Lathe that uses only lathed parts?

    Stirling mentions the possibility in the ISOT, and even names it ("round bar bed lathe, the Unimat type") but I just can't find any information on this anywhere else. Is it for real or something he just made up to make ISOT work?
  10. Even More Honor Harrington Books!

    Well, TBH, close friends talk like that all the time. Of course, Anton and Cathy weren't ones at the time, love at the first sight or no. Speaking of these, Flint's "who is Napoleon? (Rube Goldberg, Circe, etc...)" jokes REALLY grew old in 1632, and are totally uncharacteristic of Honorverse...
  11. Even More Honor Harrington Books!

    By the way, the fact that we were very early (in book 2 IIRC) and very persistently informed about Beowulfan views on sex, despite Weber's general aversion to the topic, is another clue that Mesans weren't thought up solely by Flint. It was definitely meant as a set up of contrast between...
  12. Even More Honor Harrington Books!

    Both do, actually. I mean, we were shown mainly inner Chicago, its part populated by not-so-legal immigrants, to boot, not the whole planet. Plus, what we really knew about SL at that point wasn't really much. It was that it was immensely powerful militarily, what Sol was 25% richer than...
  13. Even More Honor Harrington Books!

    Mesa and their galactic domination plot was part of the universe well before Flint had anything to do with it. What Flint really did was... A slight acceleration of Mesan plans. Or so the authors said. Anyway, after reading the eArc, I can say that the series is moving in the right...
  14. Things that look like alternate history, but aren't

    "Kitchen Computer" from 1969. http://valerieaurora.org/kitchen.html Basically a customized Honeywell minicomputer, with nice Trek-like design. The only problem is that although it had integrated cutting board, no one thought of adding a teletype or display. You had to write recipes...
  15. MORE Honor Harrington Books!

    Sorry for thread necromancy, but... He doesn't. All three (starfaring from the get-go) monarchies we had seen in any details so far were founded like that: 1) Someone installed a "monarchy" somewhere basically because it sounded cool (Gustav Andermann, naturally, Manticore Colony Inc...
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