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John Scalzi, in his WHATEVER blog, recently had an entry entitled "Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is". It was a well thought out, clearly written piece, and it used an analogy that I thought was wonderful (even if not perfect). Unfortunately, many readers seemed to be from clue-free environments, and did NOT get the point. I have included a link here, so that others may go directly to the source and read it.

Scalzi is a professional writer, with several published science fiction novels to his credit, including (but not limited to) the following:

Old Man's War (2005, Tor Books, ISBN 0-7653-0940-8)
The Ghost Brigades (February 2006, Tor Books, ISBN 0-7653-1502-5)
The Last Colony (April 2007, Tor Books, ISBN 0-7653-1697-8)
Zoe's Tale (August 2008, Tor Books, ISBN 0-7653-1698-6)
The Sagan Diary (February 2007, Subterranean Press, ISBN 978-1-59606-103-3; April 2008,
Questions for a Soldier (chapbook, Subterranean Press, December 2005, ISBN 1-59606-048-4)
After the Coup (eBook,, July 2008, ASIN B003V4B4PM)

Check them out.
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I'd pick an FTL starship from my SFRPG campaign (an old OTHER SUNS campaign). Something like an armored scout (crew of 12-20) along with complete maintenance and repair manuals (not to mention equipment to fabricate spare parts, and thousands of tons of extra carrying capacity). With such a vehicle, I wouldn't even have to leave the system in order to have a TON of fun (not to mention starting up my own business hauling satellites into orbit). Gravity control = the solar system is mine. FTL = the nearby stars are mine. Shields capable of deflecting uncharged particles = I can go visit PSR 1257+12 (a pulsar, ~950 light-years away ... that has PLANETS...)


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