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Forum: The Library Café Sep 22 2017, 04:02 PM
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Posted By Kath
Re: Say Hello and Be Welcomed to the Library Café on MoM!

https://xkcd.com/1893/

Pern's on xkcd!!
Forum: The Library Café Feb 2 2017, 11:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,840
Posted By Kath
Re: The Future of Fan-fic

No no no no no. Please no. I wouldn't *ever* want anything I'd written as a fanwork to be sold for profit (or even at cost), with the unlikely exception of being solicited by Anne's estate prior to...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 2 2017, 11:41 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,840
Posted By Kath
Re: The Future of Fan-fic

I object, P'ter.

We have control over our own fanworks here. As soon as you start curating a collection, that control is lost. What you do in the privacy of your own hard-drive is up to you - and...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Jan 3 2016, 08:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,585
Posted By Kath
Re: Dragonchoice 3 - coming soon (ish)

Second sack of shit, meet fan.
Forum: The Library Café Dec 17 2015, 06:01 AM
Replies: 4,404
Views: 302,805
Posted By Kath
Re: What is happening

I'm off to see it tonight!
Forum: Exhibit Hall Nov 16 2015, 05:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,585
Posted By Kath
Re: Dragonchoice 3 - coming soon (ish)

****ing awesome, isn't it?
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Oct 13 2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,654
Posted By Kath
Re: New Pern Book's !

I'm curious, but I don't know that I'm optimistic. But who knows? It could be an awesome addition to the series!
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 13 2015, 02:48 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,890
Posted By Kath
Re: Why was Lessa's talent at hearing dragons important?

Betweening in formation is another good reason for dragons to go between at altitude - the higher up they are, the less of a shift in perspective there'll be between the dragons at either end of the...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 13 2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,128
Posted By Kath
Re: Moreta- pleased with the future of Pern or not?

Really? When the culture didn't change all that much between the second pass and the start of the ninth? I think she'd have a far better chance of understanding it than the average person, given her...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 3 2015, 04:47 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,354
Posted By Kath
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 3 2015, 04:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,495
Posted By Kath
Re: The Size of Pern

Timor is roughly the size of Luna, but not at the same distance. We don't know the angular size of 'Rukbat' in the sky (ask me in a couple of months when I'm less busy and I'll let you know just how...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 2 2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,495
Posted By Kath
Re: The Size of Pern

Acceleration due to gravity is: g = G M / r^2

Putting the numbers in - g=0.9*9.81, G=6.67e-11, r=5.2e6 - gives a mass of 3.6e24 kg or 60% of the Earth's mass. In terms of density, Pern has a...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 17 2015, 05:21 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,828
Posted By Kath
Re: Federation?

Ginny, do I want to follow those links? Or have you been hacked by a bot?
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 12 2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,855
Posted By Kath
Re: Female green riders

*High fives P'ter*
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 12 2015, 08:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,855
Posted By Kath
Re: Female green riders

Yup. Did you not realise before then?



Not for the weyrbred. Dragons rise, riders shag, then carry on about their buisness of saving the planet. As they say, when in Rome...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 11 2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,855
Posted By Kath
Re: Female green riders

Damn, I could've sworn there was a third. Danegga? Don't have books to hand, but I'm pretty sure she exists and appears in Skies at some point.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 10 2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,828
Posted By Kath
Re: Federation?

"...and Lessa had honestly regretted the necessity of his death. But he would have made her revenge impossible. He would have found her out before she had learned to camouflage herself and her little...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 7 2015, 04:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,828
Posted By Kath
Re: Federation?

I think the difference comes in the lives of the characters we see. Pern's like most other pseudo-medieval crapsack worlds - if you're one of the 1%, provided the shortage of antibiotics doesn't kill...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 29 2015, 04:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,593
Posted By Kath
Re: Furbeasts, Deep Ones, Whersports, & Avians

I'm guessing the deep ones are some relative of the six-limbed fossils that the survey teams flagged up as the ancestor of wherries and flits. I toyed with the idea in Regicide - a weird, rare deep...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Apr 26 2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,715
Posted By Kath
Re: Dragonquest Fan Art by MMHudson

Wow, just looked at her more recent posts - the full sequence of Prideth v Wirenth, and Jaxom's impression (which seems to be a work in progress). Some lovely fanart there - I hadn't appreciated...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 31 2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,976
Posted By Kath
Re: I'd quite like an Anne McCaffrey themed blanket...

ooh, I'd be up for making a few designs!
Forum: The Library Café Mar 20 2015, 02:15 PM
Replies: 4,404
Views: 302,805
Posted By Kath
Re: What is happening

http://m.thestar.co.uk/news/video-sheffield-folk-admire-solar-eclipse-1-7167081

This is what my family have been up to today...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 14 2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 4,404
Views: 302,805
Posted By Kath
Re: What is happening

Thanks all. He's doing a bit better now.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 14 2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,423
Posted By Kath
Re: He was HOW old?

We know he was catching queens - consistently and frequently - because Sorka grounded Brianth from queen flights. We know that the vast majority of those queenriders were way older than Torene. The...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 13 2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,828
Posted By Kath
Re: Federation?

Are you aware that Anne herself crossed over the Ship, Doona and Crystal Singer books?

All her own worlds, of course, but if you just look at the first books in each series, they're no more...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 13 2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 4,404
Views: 302,805
Posted By Kath
Re: What is happening

My father's MND has already got to the point where his diaphragm no longer functions properly, and his lung function/CO2 levels were so poor that the doctors were amazed he could still walk around. ...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Jan 26 2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,951
Posted By Kath
Re: Kath's poetry thread

Wow, P'ter. Did you even think for one minute about how that might come across?
Forum: Exhibit Hall Jan 26 2015, 03:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,951
Posted By Kath
Re: Kath's poetry thread

I've been messing about with poetry quite a lot this weekend - it's good for ironing out emotions, plus I'm critiquing an educational theory paper through the medium of verse (don't ask!!!)
...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Jan 26 2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,951
Posted By Kath
Re: Kath's poetry thread

I don't think I posted this one before?

Fever Birds

These are the Fever Birds come to roost:
drawn down through glass, amorphous and artless,
forced cries of colour on cellulose sclerae.
And...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 18 2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 4,404
Views: 302,805
Posted By Kath
Re: What is happening

Thanks all. Your comments mean a lot.
Forum: The Library Café Jan 17 2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 4,404
Views: 302,805
Posted By Kath
Re: What is happening

So, my Dad has motor neurone disease (also known as ALS). The neurologist mentioned it as a worst case possibility a bit before Christmas, and several tests since, it's just been confirmed. Which...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 9 2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 4,404
Views: 302,805
Posted By Kath
Re: What is happening

Not yet - but they're not allowed to do that either! (At least not on assessable work)

Unfortunately, they handed in hardcopies to me for this coursework, so I have all the fun of triple-checking...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 9 2015, 08:51 AM
Replies: 4,404
Views: 302,805
Posted By Kath
Re: What is happening

*sigh*

I caught some of my students plagiarising off each other. Gonna throw the book at them as soon as they're all back in town.

:mad:
Forum: The Library Café Jan 7 2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 4,404
Views: 302,805
Posted By Kath
Re: What is happening

It's a short post-canon piece about Oklina - it's in the exhibit hall
Forum: The Library Café Jan 6 2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 4,404
Views: 302,805
Posted By Kath
Forum: The Library Café Jan 6 2015, 04:08 AM
Replies: 4,404
Views: 302,805
Posted By Kath
Re: What is happening

Hey all,

Just thought I'd drop in and say happy new year!
Forum: Exhibit Hall Jan 5 2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,370
Posted By Kath
A Day at the Races

She'd never had any especial love for runners, but it was clear from the look on her brother's face that time had not dimmed his. Leaving the distant racers to B'lerion to track, Oklina watched...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Jan 2 2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,531
Posted By Kath
Re: TS&FL coming back - Where is AO3?

This (http://chesneycat.livejournal.com/226436.html) is my latest master-list of DRoP fics on AO3, as of June this year, for ALL the stories that are complete, 1000 words+ and in English. I have a...
Forum: Beyond Anne McCaffrey Nov 24 2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,180
Posted By Kath
Re: I apologize ...

You really, Really, REALLY need to go and read one of D M Domini's works in progress.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/273190/chapters/432391

It *is* incomplete and updated irregularly, but I...
Forum: Beyond Anne McCaffrey Nov 4 2014, 04:35 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,092
Posted By Kath
Re: Draconia: Forging Trust

Whoa.

Damn, that's a cool cover!
Forum: Beyond Anne McCaffrey Nov 3 2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,092
Posted By Kath
Re: Draconia: Forging Trust

The cover art looks gorgeous! Really sells the book, makes it look like a rollicking good read.

(Except for the moons. The astronomer in me is crying anguished tears at the lopsided illumination...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Oct 5 2014, 04:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,823
Posted By Kath
Re: Dragon wings & Flight

Yup, TK would have different limits, but then you need to extrapolate from a different starting point.

Also, dragons are Impressed to humans who have the sense to know (intuitively if not...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Oct 4 2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,823
Posted By Kath
Re: Dragon wings & Flight

Assuming dragons and flits are scaled proportionately, it's important to bear these facts in mind:

Wing span scales linearly
Wing area will scale as the square of the proportional increase in...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 24 2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,075
Posted By Kath
Re: Math question

You don't.

If you multiply two negatives you get a positive.

What's the book called? Can you give us a direct quote from it?
Forum: Exhibit Hall Sep 22 2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 18,505
Posted By Kath
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 25 2014, 04:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,190
Posted By Kath
Re: Did F'lar discover Timing first?

Moonlight. F'lar muses that Lessa's face is much more appealingly lit.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 24 2014, 03:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,190
Posted By Kath
Re: Did F'lar discover Timing first?

Back to DF: F'lar arrives late morning at the Pass, but it takes awhile for Fax to ride down to the Hold itself, and I don't think they sit down to dinner until sunset - F'lar uses sunset as an...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 24 2014, 01:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,017
Posted By Kath
Re: Metal Weyr Jackets

Three things: Falling thread can damage thin wire, so a layer of foil won't cut it. Extruding metal into mass-produced sheets is technologically challenging and really needs an industrial culture....
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 23 2014, 06:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,190
Posted By Kath
Re: Did F'lar discover Timing first?

Fort and Ruatha share a time zone.

Tillek is 2.5 hours behind.
Crom is one hour ahead.
Telgar and Ista share a time zone and are two hours ahead
Igen Weyr and Lemos are three hours ahead, Igen...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 22 2014, 02:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,190
Posted By Kath
Re: Did F'lar discover Timing first?

There are timezones in the atlas and dlg, you know...
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