Every time I watch an episode of Game of Thrones, I wish I was watching an episode of The Merchant Princes instead.
At the beginning of each month, the Tor.com eBook Club gives away a free sci-fi/fantasy ebook to club subscribers.
We're happy to announce that the pick for February 2017 is: The Bloodline Feud by Charles Stross, an omnibus edition collecting the first two novels in Stross' parallel-universe techno-thriller series The Merchant Princes.
The Merchant Princes is a science fictional examination of parallel universes whose societies exist at different points of development, as one woman from "normal" Earth discovers her true bloodline and the ability to walk between these worlds.
The first book in his second series set in this world just came out, Empire Games, and it is also fantastic.
Though sadly, baseline reality seems to have already shot past some of his more outlandish predictions, just like in the Laundry series...
On Tuesday, Y Combinator -- the accelerator program known for helping to launch tech giants Uber and Dropbox -- said that it will be supporting the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a non-profit civil rights group founded in 1920.
The inclusion of the civil rights group in the latest Y Combinator class comes as a bit of a surprise to some, as notable Trump supporter Peter Thiel is a part-time partner at the accelerator.
(I assume "part-time partner" outranks "board member" in whatever system of heraldry these people use.)
As you may recall, Mass Deportations will make Peter Thiel even richer, since he is following the script of Thomas J. Watson's and IBM's collaboration with the Third Reich.
Thiel's investment company, Y Combinator, has refused to sever ties with him because they don't want "politics' (and by "politics" we mean "basic human rights" and "ethics") to in any way impede their ability to make money.
ACLU has so far been not really a fan of mass deportations, but this is standard espionage tradecraft: one great way to get inside the enemy's decision-making process is to control their money. Hmm, is there someone else that could apply to?