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by Stewart M
2020-01-21 10:52pm
Forum: History
Topic: What are the consequences of a longer atomic monopoly?
Replies: 3
Views: 829

What are the consequences of a longer atomic monopoly?

It's common knowledge that the Soviet Union stole American and British atomic research in the 40s which sped their own atomic weapons program. One article by the DOE claims this may have accelerated the Soviet bomb by one to one-and-a-half years. "Soviet spies penetrated the Manhattan Project at Los...
by Stewart M
2019-10-28 05:49pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx
Replies: 219
Views: 81349

Re: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx

Dear readers, I apologize if this counts as thread necromancy, but it seemed appropriate. When this story was finished, I announced that I intended to stop writing fan fiction. I am indeed writing a book of original fiction (when I'm not working or studying). However, several people asked to let the...
by Stewart M
2019-02-22 12:10am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: KOTOR 1 & 2 comparison
Replies: 6
Views: 3277

KOTOR 1 & 2 comparison

Several months ago, I started playing KOTOR 2 off an on. I played the original almost a decade ago. The sequel isn't exactly "fun" (I've grown impatient with old-school RPGs), but it is compelling. Playing KOTOR 2 gave an unsettling feeling that I've rarely felt from any fiction*. It took me a long ...
by Stewart M
2018-04-02 05:59pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx
Replies: 219
Views: 81349

Re: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx

Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx Epilogue​ Coastal Road East. Three miles from stately Wayne Manor. Bruce Wayne leaned against the door of his silver BMW roadster. The little open-topped race car was parked in a grassy forest clearing, hidden from the road by a curtain of pines and boulders. This ...
by Stewart M
2018-04-02 05:56pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx
Replies: 219
Views: 81349

Re: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx

Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx Chapter 31: The End of the Beginning​ [/b] Chile. The twin-engine airplane carrying Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Steven Trevor, and Coronel Santiago Romero away from the midnight battle for Río Gallegos didn’t carry enough fuel for a trans-continental flight. Happ...
by Stewart M
2018-03-25 07:49pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx
Replies: 219
Views: 81349

Re: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx

Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx Chapter 30: A Bat Out of Hell​ [/b] Captain Steven Trevor woke up to to a rough headache and a sore jaw. He’d started a few fights in his life and taken his share of lickings, so this wasn’t new. He could handle it. Step one, he sat up and looked for coffee. Steve ...
by Stewart M
2018-03-19 07:37pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.
Replies: 103
Views: 45219

Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

There are a couple of things going on here: The first is that M and the PM want to keep knowledge of magic limited to as few people as possible, because once the genie is out of the bottle, there's no going back, and its the cluster fuck to end all cluster fucks. And because they don't want M and B...
by Stewart M
2018-03-18 11:39pm
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: What does the Prime Directive say about dealing with a culture at an "intermediate" technological level?
Replies: 18
Views: 8598

Re: What does the Prime Directive say about dealing with a culture at an "intermediate" technological level?

Perhaps the formal text of the PD (assuming it's a detailed protocol) is hazy or silent on your scenario because most civilizations pass from crude, superstitious, pre-industrials to warp-capable space neighbors in a cosmic heartbeat. Most sapient species the Federation meets seem to average within ...
by Stewart M
2018-03-18 11:14pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.
Replies: 103
Views: 45219

Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

"He moved his cope
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Good chapter. Interesting that some of Fenrir's camp recognize a gun on sight (unfortunately, the first stranger Bond runs into), but others are not even aware they exist.

It's well within Bond's MO to go in alone, but maybe next time he'll be more amenable to backup.
by Stewart M
2018-03-17 10:54pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx
Replies: 219
Views: 81349

Re: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx

Batman 1939: Swimming In the Styx Chapter 29: The Vergency ​ Río Gallegos, Argentina. Batman wasn’t a military analyst. He didn’t schedule time to study cannon calibers and navel tonnage and which battalions used what boot polish. His passion, at its most distilled, was to protect his neighbors fro...
by Stewart M
2018-03-02 12:21am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Muggle Technology in Harry Potter
Replies: 74
Views: 14024

Re: Muggle Technology in Harry Potter

Here's what I want to know. Evidently, wizards have spread across the globe and exist in every culture. So what's going on in those 21st century cultures where wizards and magic are still mainstream in Muggle society? We can visit, say, the Congo or Nepal and find communities where everyone owns a c...
by Stewart M
2018-02-19 06:21pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx
Replies: 219
Views: 81349

Re: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx

Batman 1939: Swimming In the Styx Chapter 28: The Styx​ [/b] Alabama. It was evening when the Douglas DC-2 landed. The Gulf of Mexico had been visible during its final descent, but through a window. Wonder Woman had forgotten what it was like to travel by air and arrive while still inside the aircr...
by Stewart M
2018-02-11 01:06am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx
Replies: 219
Views: 81349

Re: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx

Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx Chapter 27: Don't Cross the Streams​ [/b] The woodlands of Maryland. Batman and Wonder Woman left Amanda Waller behind in the forest clearing. They did nothing to threaten or restrain her before they walked away; she was in no shape to follow. Batman estimated that...
by Stewart M
2018-02-06 07:34pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: 100 lightsabers in Renaissance Italy (RAR)
Replies: 34
Views: 8775

Re: 100 lightsabers in Renaissance Italy (RAR)

I’m not arguing that the sabers would have no uses on the battlefield, I am arguing that they would be too valuable to risk in almost any situation. Both because of lost revenue and because I think they are going to be more valuable than all the wealth in gold, buildings, and capital in any given m...
by Stewart M
2018-01-18 08:54pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx
Replies: 219
Views: 81349

Re: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx

Yaaaay! Also Batman and Wonder Woman driving through the general vicinity of my stomping grounds, though I'm not sure I'd characterize the parts of Maryland they'd pass through en route to DC as 'southern' so much as 'central.' You're absolutely right. I have no excuse there. Sadly, I can't edit he...
by Stewart M
2018-01-16 08:10pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx
Replies: 219
Views: 81349

Re: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx

Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx Chapter 26: The Monroe Doctrine​ [/b] Southern Maryland Batman and Wonder Woman kept silent through their midnight drive to Washington. A part of Batman would have been been ecstatic to interview a woman whose mere existence overturned so many assumptions of realit...
by Stewart M
2018-01-15 09:49pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Worldbuilding: Mil Sci fi/fan feedback
Replies: 51
Views: 9532

Re: Worldbuilding: Mil Sci fi/fan feedback

Simon_Jester, I largely agree with your post, but I have a criticism of this argument. Furthermore, typically pirates in real life are about as minimally armed and equipped as possible; they go around in little boats and small ships, not battleships and aircraft carriers. This is because in real lif...
by Stewart M
2018-01-14 02:46pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.
Replies: 103
Views: 45219

Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

The trouble with Boggarts IMO is that whole "They showyou your greatest fear." Well that's kinda easy when writing a scene for kids (a big spider, a mummy, Snape) or a worried mother (her dead family)...kinda a lot harder for those whose greatest fears are a lot more complex than big spiders. Diffi...
by Stewart M
2018-01-14 01:25am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.
Replies: 103
Views: 45219

Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Being told by M/his parents/someone else he trusts that nothing he's done mattered, that all the lives he's taken and the terrible things he's done were for nothing. What about the flip side, if everything he does matters, but he's incapable. If Bond cares about anything, it's being up to the chall...
by Stewart M
2018-01-14 01:11am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Worldbuilding: Mil Sci fi/fan feedback
Replies: 51
Views: 9532

Re: Worldbuilding: Mil Sci fi/fan feedback

I did not know about Whipple shields; that is a serious flaw in my idea. I also assumed that a setting low-tech enough to validate burst artillery would not have mounted point defensive lasers so precise, but that may be overly pessimistic on my part. In fact, lasers as point defense is so probable...
by Stewart M
2018-01-14 01:05am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.
Replies: 103
Views: 45219

Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

If he knew of the meeting in advance, and could get close enough to fire a rocket in or plant explosives... yeah, probably. Bond, especially Craig Bond, doesn't really believe in fighting fair, and arguably doesn't have much of an issue with collateral damage, either. This is a man who has literall...
by Stewart M
2018-01-13 11:38pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Worldbuilding: Mil Sci fi/fan feedback
Replies: 51
Views: 9532

Re: Worldbuilding: Mil Sci fi/fan feedback

If a handful of 5mm shrapnel traveling at .0001c relative to target can wound a spacecraft, then it should be simple enough to pollute a few cubic kilometers of space with a salvo of cheap-ish artillery rounds. Even if the shrapnel doesn't hit anything crucial (and there's isn't much non-crucial on...
by Stewart M
2018-01-13 10:50am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Worldbuilding: Mil Sci fi/fan feedback
Replies: 51
Views: 9532

Re: Worldbuilding: Mil Sci fi/fan feedback

Thus they used energy weapons, which allowed them to avoid having to spend a large amount of their GDP on ammunition. If you'll forgive a petty style criticism, the term "GDP" sounds weird here. Maybe use "resources" or "budget". Though as others have mentioned, unless your ammunition is hydrogen w...
by Stewart M
2017-11-20 10:39pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Why does Batman dominate the DC Universe?
Replies: 35
Views: 5352

Re: Why does Batman dominate the DC Universe?

It's worthwhile to discuss Batman's themes, but the question is about Batman's commercial dominance, and I feel this thread is giving theme and tone undeserved weight. Themes are icing. No one goes to a bakery and orders icing. Likewise, no one buys a movie ticket to watch a man read a philosophy te...
by Stewart M
2017-10-27 09:05pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx
Replies: 219
Views: 81349

Re: Batman 1939: Swimming in the Styx

"How do you have my fingerprints?" "I'm Batman." "..." "...Also, I got the fingerprint impressions out of the chunks of my armor you crushed with your bare hands." :P You know, it occurs to me that you can probably answer just about any question with "I'm Batman", and it works. :) The question woul...