SF author, he/him. Next novella: ESCAPE FROM PUROLAND (July '21): Next novel: INVISIBLE SUN (Sept '21). Resident of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Joined on 13 October, 2011
how people not in publishing think publishing works:
-exchange book for giant bag of money
-buy 5 houses or something??
how publishing actually works:
-usually small advance (my 1st book was $2k!)
-then you get paid 2x/year
-ONLY IF your book earns out that advance
Today, I made clear that if Democrats ever attack the key Senate rules, it would drain the consent and comity out of the institution. A scorched-earth Senate would hardly be able to function. It wouldn’t be a progressive’s dream. It would be a nightmare.
I guarantee it.
He calls himself “Leader”. What’s the German for that, again?
Prediction: UK gov pre-ordered 100M vaccine doses in 2020. For 68M people that’s barely sufficient (need 136M doses of two-shot jabs). If delayed second dose proves ineffective if delayed too long, we’ll need to re-do from start. A huge shortfall will open up in late 2021.
The only way to get a new vaccine factory built in the UK in 2020 would be with massive govt. intervention to pay private sector to build it—like the £20Bn they paid for private track’n’trace.
But Johnson cabinet were too dim-witted to even recognize there was a long game.
Nightingale Hospitals don’t/can’t work without doctors and nurses to staff them (which we don’t have).
Vaccine factories are expensive and specialized but conceivably could save vastly more lives. Problem: UK gov since 1979 encouraged foreign takeovers of UK pharma industry.
Russia, China (poss. India) are using home-grown vaccines as diplomatic ‘soft power’ levers to gain concessions. UK has zero leverage with USA and EU: will get sidelined if extra doses need to be ordered.
UK gov should have built a vaccine factory, not Nightingale Hospitals.
PREDICTION: big news of next 6 months will be vaccine shortages. EU is scrabbling to source doses for 500M people (late). Disputes with UK and US over allocations of Pfizer/AstraZeneca output. J&J vaccine still unavailable.
It’s going to get ugly. And UK will come off worst.
Police are charging an activist in a village in northern Russia with organizing a mass anti-Putin protest of snowmen. Elena Kalinina says the cops even tore down all the signs the snowmen are holding, which say things like "Down with the Tsar!"
Where is Nikolai Gogol when we need him?
It bears repeating that *the Conservative Party itself is the crisis*, propped up as it is by a vast, inescapable media life support system, and our calamitous austerity, Brexit and Covid nightmares are just symptoms of that one terrible blight upon the nation.
We let a half-million people die because a mass disease shutdown would have crashed the all-important stock-market, which is so stupid that it’s currently being gamified by Reddit users to blow up a hedge fund worth billions. Anyway probably nothing bad about our economic system
The Prime Minister says "the government did everything it could to minimise deaths."
This is a lie.
It repeatedly rejected the scientific advice to lockdown: First in March, then in September, and then again in December.
The government is to blame for this catastrophe.
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