Odds and ends

Want to survive as a character in a fantasy novel? Make sure your character has a few speaking lines, or at least a good character shield nearby.

Because relying on the Stormtrooper Effect is just too risky. 🙂

“Taking into consideration the nature of Redshirts in Star Trek (minor characters who usually die quickly after being introduced), the pseudo-philosophical question of ‘What would happen if Imperial Stormtroopers and Redshirts got in a firefight?’ is well-known among fans of both series. It’s a paradox, because even though it’s a redshirt’s destiny to die quickly at the hands of the enemy, Stormtroopers simply wouldn’t be able to kill them due to their poor combat skills.”

On a completely unrelated note, I finally read M.T. Anderson’s Feed last week. Wow, is that a disturbing little book, in the best way. Going to be thinking about this one for a while, I think.

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