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  1. All that stuff is pretty much in service to the overarcing "underdog protagonist" trope that's prevalent in almost all literature.

  2. Honestly, while I have no idea if that is the intention, I always felt that HFY (or the similar genres like humans are space orcs and stuff) came about as a sort of "answer" to the mainstream idea that is so prevalent in both sci-fi and fantasy that humans are the "boring vanilla race", and everything else is just human+.

  3. Yep. If the narator was the usual third person omniscient, proper formal English rules would apply. But how many people actually say die when looking at a single one? Thedeim is about as informal a speaker as you'll find, heh.

  4. I do, as does almost everyone who plays tabletop RPGs (e.g. D&D). Most people who don't play RPGs do say "dice" instead, but among gamers (in which category "The DM" clearly falls), the correct singular is the majority usage. That's probably because almost every gaming group has that guy who needs to correct everyone all the time.

  5. the intro isnt over, but I do see your point. I'll keep it in mind as I move forward.

  6. No, it's over; if it wasn't there would be more words there. By "intro chapter" I meant exactly that: 1 chapter (i.e. the contents of *this* post).

  7. its not "over" until the fat lady sings friend. only way to improve is to continue, and while I value the input, I must disagree on the character being in another world first page, full stop. It feels rushed, and I distinctly remember several published books where several pages passed before the mc's warranties were voided.

  8. For the record, you did specifically ask for criticism and you don't seem to really get what I'm saying, so please don't take this as argument; it's meant to simply be clarification. Also, everything anyone ever says about what does and doesn't make for a good story is always 100% opinion. When you ask for criticism on any kind of creative writing, you are implicitly asking for people's opinions. The opinions will usually be stated as though they are explicitly factual, but that's just because that's how people usually state their opinions.

  9. No; not right now, either. It's a lot loser to 1/12; Earth's average ocean depth is ~3700m.

  10. You don't know everyone's life. I for one identify as a lake trout.

  11. LOL: the only "slugs" most Americans know are snails without shells and a type of shotgun ammunition. If you find someone old enough, they may also know it as an unstamped coin blank.

  12. It wasnt until the " leaned impossibly far forward on their feet" that I realised what was going on... well played, well played

  13. It was the moonwalk that did it for me, but I still wasn't really sure until that.

  14. Shutting off gravity would do nothing to the bullet. A mass in motion stays in motion.

  15. A high enough gravitational acceleration to move a bullet significantly off-target at a range of 8 m would absolutely kill the people in the room.

  16. My thoughts exactly... though it is fantasy and magic. Maybe instead of gravity the magic wielder could create a "force field" sufficient to deflect the round, a.la the Imager Books. They would have to be very fast or already have the shield up though.

  17. No matter what they do they'll have to be really fast. That's true even of the original gravity idea.

  18. It depends a lot where you get them, but yeah; 2 years is about what you can expect if they haven't been explicitly bred for longevity.

  19. But a hard drive that's erased had the same amount of information in it that a "full" one has - it's just information that's not readable/useful to us.

  20. It doesn't, though. At least, it doesn't for entropic and quantum definitions of "information", which are the only ones that matter in this context.

  21. At the speed of light, it doesn't. Seriously, time ceases to pass for anything travelling at C.

  22. What’s your take on “immediate predecessor”? Seems redundant to say that the successor is larger if successors are by definition larger.

  23. "Predecessor" means "one that was before this one". If 5 things happen in sequence, then the first 4 are all predecessors of the 5th.

  24. Yes. And if they’re ordered from “fewest coins to most coins”, then…? I know not everyone will take that as implicit from the statement of the problem, but it’s clear to me, particularly reinforced by the second sentence.

  25. And *if* the problem said that you would have a valid argument. It didn't, though; that's an extra assumption that *you* are imposing on it.

  26. I will remind you that Neym had very similar tattoos. This doesn't confirm or debunk your theory, just wanted to point it out.

  27. Author confirmed a reader's guess that it's at least something similar to a dog tag in a comment reply on either the first or second chapter.

  28. A laser produces many, many orders of magnitude more than 1 photon at a time. Even though some of the photons will interact with smoke/dust/etc... in the air, many of them also will not.

  29. The lathe existed for approximately 3000 years before the industrial revolution...

  30. The lathe in general did, but the one that matters in the context of industry is the metal lathe. The advents of the metal lathe and the micrometer were in fact the specific stepping-stones that made the industrial revolution possible.

  31. The wood lathe was its own small industrial revolution I imagine.

  32. Not industrial, no. It was still an artisanal tool used by skilled craftsmen.

  33. And not only does it keep popping a "new activity" indicator, it's also added some kind of permanent widget to my homepage where it's trying to make me go look at some discussion about a space launch.

  34. Yup; we *only* need to find something we aren't certain can even exist.

  35. That mostly depends on whether or not matter with negative mass can exist in this universe. If it can, then the Alcubierre drive is possible (once the insane power requirements are resolved). If not, then he best that we know is definitely possible is around 0.1C. That gives us a transit time of 10 years per light-year, or around 40 years to the Centauri system. That's with Project Orion (a rocket-like vessel powered by literal fusion explosions).

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