And I thought the biggest world building mistake by Isaac Asimov was the strange notion that although the galaxy is militantly hostile to any form of life other than humanity, with livable planets freely available. I gather he followed John W. Campbell's lead on that, which suggests a foundation in some of Campbell's…

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Native Chinese (Mandarin) speakers say "that" when they're searching for a word, much in the way that Americans say "well" or "ummm". "That" is na ge (那个) properly pronounced "nah guh". However, various accents and lazy pronunciation make the first syllable sound like "nih". If you don't know what's going on… » 1/02/15 5:13pm 1/02/15 5:13pm

In the interest of those of us who do not live in the US (or, depending on the review, any other specific part of the world)—and those who might be viewing episodes weeks, months, or even years later (for a multitude of reasons)... Might I suggest that io9 reviewers indicate the season (series) and episode numbers… » 10/01/14 10:59pm 10/01/14 10:59pm

If Trilobyte Studios ever gains enough footing to become a real thing (anonymous sources deep within the government hint that its stage of development may have recently been upgraded from "embryonic" to "fetal"), that's exactly the sort of structure I'm hoping to create—and you've given a little insight into why. » 9/30/14 4:19am 9/30/14 4:19am