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SF Tidbits for 10/5/07

About John DeNardo (13012 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on SF Tidbits for 10/5/07

  1. Something Awful lists as the Number One most awful thing ever to happen to science fiction, the downfall of the Soviet Union due to Reagan Star War’s program.

    “From that point forward, the name Star Wars would be directly linked in history with the fall of one of the greatest empires mankind had ever seen.”

    I cannot fathom what this man means by “greatest empires” but as best I can tell from the text, he is LAMENTING the downfall of the Soviet Union and lambasting Ronald Reagan for his part in it.

    The Soviets were worse than the Nazis by any rational measure: lasted longer, killed more Jews, told more lies, fooled more fools, stole more stuff, enslaved more slaves, took over more territory, and, thanks to the threat of atomic war, posed a threat to the existence of civilization, perhaps even to human life itself.

    The gulags and camps and secret police and show trials and government-orchestrated famines and wars and insurrections killed in megamurderer numbers, near 61,000,000 people. Stalin himself is responsible for almost 43,000,000 of these. Most of the deaths, perhaps around 39,000,000 are due to lethal forced labor in gulag and transit thereto.

    The greatest empire the world has ever known? In what sense of the word great?

    I must be misunderstanding with he means. No one could be that evil. No one could be that stupid.

  2. WTF happened to Something Awful? Has Zack “Geist Editor” Parsons lost his funny bone? Did Lowtax steal his funny bone and give it to Cliff Yablonski?

    I use to love Something Awful but oh how the mighty have fallen.

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