YALBO t1_jcszkqa wrote


YALBO t1_jcoktba wrote

That's rule 15.

> I will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

I'm not really convinced of the wisdom here. It's important that you and your minions should receive an accurate measure of how long you have before the explosion. But there was also point 215:

> If I ever MUST put a digital timer on my doomsday device, I will buy one free from quantum mechanical anomalies. So many brands on the market keep perfectly good time while you're looking at them, but whenever you turn away for a couple minutes then turn back, you find that the countdown has progressed by only a few seconds.


YALBO t1_j8666v6 wrote

Sometimes in these threads I feel like I'm trapped in that old South Park episode, you know?

"Pratchett did it! Pratchett did it!"

If it wasn't him it was usually Neil Gaiman. Or in this particular case, both, and if you've not read it you're in for such a treat.


YALBO t1_j4u9ipv wrote

Animated clay golem Dorfl debates his nature with the city's leading priesthood.

>'We're not listening to you! You're not even really alive!' said a priest.

> Dorfl nodded. 'This Is Fundamentally True,' he said.

>'See? He admits it!'

>'I Suggest You Take Me And Smash Me And Grind The Bits Into Fragments And Pound The Fragments Into Powder And Mill Them Again To The Finest Dust There Can Be, And I Believe You Will Not Find A Single Atom of Life - '

>'True! Let's do it!'

>'However, In Order To Test This Fully, One Of You Must Volunteer To Undergo The Same Process.'

-- Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

(Much later in the series the elemental personification of the winter thought to make himself a human body by collecting and including a shopping list of chemical ingredients into a snowman. What Dorfl clearly understood, he missed completely. If only he'd got the idea, things might have gone differently with the witch he pined for. Too bad... frost to fire.)


YALBO t1_j4nl80a wrote

Just felt I should mention that The Boys on TV is way better than the comic. It's much more sophisticated in how it handles the monstrousness of the superhero culture in general and the Seven in particular, and though it shares the same delight in gratuitously graphic atrocities it hasn't yet indulged in them to such an extent that they lose their impact.


YALBO t1_j17eyf8 wrote

Ray Bradbury's The Silent Towns features the last man and last woman on Mars, who find each other in this way. The date that follows doesn't work out, and he leaves and ignores all ringing telephones he hears from then on.


YALBO t1_ixdxzq7 wrote

Towards the end of Sandman, we find the inn called the Worlds' End, where wandering travellers from many worlds take shelter from a storm across the realities, and swap strange stories to pass the time. And then they travel on afterwards to wherever it might be that they were going. And occasionally some stay on, between the worlds.

Six issues we pass there, and the whole thing hardly advances the plot at all, but they're some of the most wonderful tales of strange fantasy you'll ever find in comics.