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A Steep Climb.


  • October 9, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I’ve always liked airships, and tavern wenches…

  • October 9, 2017 at 12:15 am
    John T. Block

    Wow… Just wow..

  • October 9, 2017 at 12:24 am

    I wouldn’t mind following Sam. Just sayin’

  • October 9, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Airships, tavern wenches, boobs, and firearms. That’ll keep my attention.

    • October 9, 2017 at 1:12 am
      JackDeth 72

      As long as the airships have their internal lift balloons filled with Helium. Not Hydrogen. We all know how that turned out.

      That way there can be big blazing fires in the tavern and wenches and scullery maids in whale bone satin bustiers and corsets.

      With rifles, muskets, pistols and flintlocks stacked neatly in the corner.

      • October 9, 2017 at 2:28 pm

        If they had a decent insulating material that could stand the heat and tension, steam could do the job. It has a little over half the lift of hydrogen or helium and is both non-combustible and cheap. Lift could be varied by temperature control alone.
        Once we get our hands on the Skunk Works little fusion reactor we could make the things lift 30,000 tons and more using a relatively cheap steel envelope.

      • October 9, 2017 at 11:45 pm
        Tom Z.

        Especially when the outside was effectively coated with thermite.

  • October 9, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Can you say “Steampunk”? I knew you could…

    • October 9, 2017 at 6:55 am
      Deplorable B Woodman

      My second thoughts exactly.

    • October 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Think of the fun getting out of one of these…

      • October 9, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        I like the look of the Nesha. It is both elegant and seems to be practical.

      • October 9, 2017 at 10:25 pm

        It’s a toss-up between the Nesha and the Engleberta for me.
        I like the idea of the padded straps for a rifle butt to rest against.

      • October 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm

        I guess I am getting old and grouchy. Other than the excellent costumes. πŸ™‚ I never really understood steampunk. I mean I am all in favor of wenches, corsets and gunfights…but sorry, just don’t get it.

        However, if Sam does it, I assume it must be good.

      • October 9, 2017 at 7:55 pm
        Deplorable B Woodman

        Think of the fun awaiting, watching YOU get out of one of those….yum! Hand me a towel, I’m drooling.

      • October 9, 2017 at 10:26 pm

        I’d have to change my last name in order for you to see that happen πŸ˜‰

  • October 9, 2017 at 12:46 am

    But not today.

  • October 9, 2017 at 1:53 am

    My late wife always wanted to perform in a gender-r3v3rsed version of tbe play 1776, as John Adams.

    • October 9, 2017 at 1:54 am

      Uh … that is obviously “reversed”
      Anyway, go for it, Chris.

    • October 9, 2017 at 1:58 am

      And PS check YouTube for the video of “Girl in a country song”

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:11 am

    How is what we have nowadays NOT a matriarchy? Just saying…

    • October 9, 2017 at 3:00 am

      being a pussy doesn’t make someone a matriarch.

      • October 9, 2017 at 2:36 pm

        I wish someone could convince the Hilmonster of that.

  • October 9, 2017 at 5:53 am

    I would like to ask for the creative help of the DBD community.
    My tow daughters live in the DC area. The younger is running in the Marine Corp Marathon on 10/22, and I’m going to be there. The older daughter tells me that it a DC tradition for the spectators to hold ‘snarky political’ signs during the race.
    Please reply with your best ‘political snark’, Nothing that will get me arrested immediately, please. If it gives me the opportunity to physically teach manners to a SJW or a prog, all the better. Thanks

    • October 9, 2017 at 6:08 am

      How ’bout the classic ‘FUBO’ … old, but still appropriate.

      Or “DACA – Democrats Against Constitutional America”

      Or “Muslim – Democrat – Terrorist … What’s the difference?”

    • October 9, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Make America Great Again!
      Inwards Out!

    • October 9, 2017 at 7:34 am

      “October 1917 – Celebrate 100 Years of Hope and Change”
      “Barack Hussein Created ISIS”
      “Weinstein Paid Hillary = Feminism”
      “Enemedia = Worse Than Watergate”
      “The Fake Birth Certificate Still Stinks”

      admittedly low snark quotient, but you didn’t want to get arrested…

    • October 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Re: DD request…

      “We are one nation under God; if we cease to be one nation under God,
      we will be one nation gone under.”
      President Ronald Reagan.

      Progressives: deluded, mindless, greedy, lazy, re-educated automatons.

    • October 9, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Be kind of hard to improve on a banner-size version of your avatar there wouldn’t it DD? Snark, truth, and a veiled threat all in one.

      Of course most in the prog crowd would be clueless as to the acronym and certainly to its usage by RH and Friedman…it’ll drive ’em crazy!

      And some might try to turn you in for an image of a gun infringing on their safe-place, more great irony that they would never grok.

      • October 9, 2017 at 4:58 pm

        FREE LUNA!!!

        Zar Belk!

    • October 9, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Now you know why Gary Johnson was the sane one

    • October 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Read the Constitution!
      Scares the HELL out of politicians!

    • October 9, 2017 at 2:05 pm
      JackDeth 72

      “Rainbow Coalition” by Duron Duron.

      “SJW=Adult Day Care”

      “Snowflakes: From WIC Depends to Adult Diapers On Someone Else’s Dime”

      “Yes, Liberals…. You DID Do That!”

      You’re welcome.

    • October 9, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Revive an oldie but goodie:
      When Guns are outlawed Only Outlaws will have Guns

    • October 9, 2017 at 5:13 pm
      Delilah T.

      How about “America – Love it or Leave it!”

    • October 9, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Oh. Man. I get in trouble with some of the first things to mid.

      Love Pussies.
      Don’t cut them off.
      Stop Muslim FGM.
      Female Genital Mutilation

  • October 9, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Sounds like it could be a cross between L.Neil Smith’s North American Confederacy stories and Michael Moorcock’s Jerry Cornelius cycle. Especially The English Assassin in the latter. (“There were fifty keels at anchor over Kiev…”)

    And of course, the most important character in the Moorcock stories wasn’t Jerry, but rather Una Persson.

    clear ether


  • October 9, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Dear Sam,
    How great is it that you’re writing science fiction! Something about you reminds of strong, luscious female protagonists in sci-fi memoirs like Friday and To Sail Beyond The Sunset. Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with… when will we get the link?

  • October 9, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Abigail Adams was quite the person. If she had any time left from running the farm, raising the children, and advising her husband, she’d be a great leader.

    • October 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      IMHO definitely the better half.

      • October 9, 2017 at 5:09 pm

        Like Lucy Kropotkin in L. Neil Smith’s North American Confederacy series. Done everything from flying airships loaded with flu vaccine over Europe to fighting Hamiltonian would-be dictators in the Asteroid Belt, to cutting Hanoi Jane’s doppelganger in half in an alternate timeline. She does it all!

        Zar Belk!

  • October 9, 2017 at 8:19 am
    Grunt GI

    Alternate history is one of my favorite genres of science fiction.

    I love Harry Turtledove, Robert Conroy, and of course, the great Philip K Dick.

    Can’t wait to see Sam’s vision, including the art work. πŸ™‚

    • October 9, 2017 at 10:03 am
      JackDeth 72

      Good choice, Grunt,

      ‘Do Matriarchs Dream Of Eternal Bliss?’

      Really enjoyed Turtledove’s ‘Guns Of The South’ and his WWII and beyond, “Us vs, Them” Lizard series, ‘Earth In The Balance’.

      Lean more towards David Drake’s ‘Hammer’s Slammers’ and the redemption of his colonizing ‘Redliners’ as extensions of Heonlein’s classic ‘Star Ship Troopers’.

      • October 9, 2017 at 5:09 pm
        The 300

        Don’t forget Jerry Pournelle’s Falkenberg’s Legion books. Very much in the vein of David Drake with more politics.

      • October 9, 2017 at 10:22 pm
        JackDeth 72

        True. And both Vietnam Veterans. Adding basis and flavor to many of their tales.

  • October 9, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Shiny! Let’s be bad guys!

    • October 9, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Sir? I like you to take the helm, please. I need this man to tear all my clothes off

      • October 9, 2017 at 1:50 pm

        “Things are going to get interesting.”

        “Interesting? Like how interesting?”

        “Oh, God, Oh, God we’re all gonna die.”

      • October 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm
        JackDeth 72

        “I’ll be in my bunk.”

        *Jayne “The Hero Of Canton” Cobb*

      • October 9, 2017 at 2:06 pm
        JackDeth 72

        Where’s Wade when you really need him, Pamela?

      • October 9, 2017 at 2:57 pm

        He’s at the ol’ swimmin’ hole with his Missus

    • October 9, 2017 at 1:31 pm
      S Hooks

      We aim to misbehave!

  • October 9, 2017 at 11:47 am
    Bob in Houston-Vast Right Wing Basket of deplorable!

    Bring on the Queen of the Air!!1! πŸ˜‰

  • October 9, 2017 at 11:49 am
    Bob in Houston-Vast Right Wing Basket of deplorable!

    I’ve done forgot the premier date? Did that ever get nailed down after all the excitement in the Florida end of the country?

  • October 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm
    Delilah T.

    Let’s not get too complacent. The antifas are planning some event on November 4 this year. They’re advertising it, something about a revolution and overthrowing the gubbmint.
    The problem with being that stupid is that when you advertise that kind of thing, the cops don’t take it lightly and act accordingly.
    Should be interesting. I haven’t seen firehoses used on unruly, destructive crowds in quite a while. November 4 is, in fact, a Saturday, which means a lot of cities may have rather empty downtowns. Maybe they’re counting on that. Let’s all do a rain dance that will impede the progress of these morons.
    Sci-fi,huh? Yeah, me, too. We’ll see what happens.

    • October 9, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Maybe some of these need to be deployed

      • October 9, 2017 at 9:36 pm
        Delilah T.

        Humane capture? You’re far too kind to them. But okay, and then we drop them off on some remote spot with no visible resources for support. See how long they last before the Lord of the Flies takes over. πŸ™‚

      • October 9, 2017 at 10:29 pm

        You need humane capture in order to neuter and vaccinate them before being released.

      • October 10, 2017 at 2:33 pm

        Preferably in some Marxist Utopia like Venezuela.

    • October 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm
      Deplorable B Woodman

      As I said before (possibly somewhere somewhen else?) that I will be traveling on my 2 weeks vacay to Phoenix to visit my mother. Driving through Los Vegas.
      And I WILL be going well armed, in several ways: from a cudgel, to a heavy walking stick, a machete, a cheap samurai sword, a battle axe (of sorts), my 40S&w pistol, and my SKS. With enough ammo for each to darken someone’s day. Oh, let’s not forget my earplugs and hard hat for defense.

      “We aim to misbehave”
      Think I should wear my duster? Or would that be a wee bit over the top? HAHAHAHAHAHA

      • October 9, 2017 at 10:30 pm

        Watch your six

      • October 11, 2017 at 8:43 am

        The battleaxe is probably overkill. Dusters rock!

  • October 9, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I knew I’d get some great ideas from this basket of deplorables! Now the hard part is going to be deciding.
    And, as an added bonus, I find a whole nest of ‘Firefly’ and PKD fans.
    It’s as though all the voices in my head post comments on DBD!

    • October 9, 2017 at 9:55 pm
      Deplorable B Woodman

      Don’t forget, we’re also a group of RAH uber fans here.
      RAH, RAH, R.A.H!

  • October 9, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Just glue some gears on it and call it Steampunk….

  • October 10, 2017 at 12:55 am
    Neil Frandsen

    Well, _I_ immediately thought of Queen Elizabeth, William & Mary {the Glorious Revolution of 1688}, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth II.
    And an argument is easily made, that the American Revolution was simply a buncha woodsy (RICHLY woodsy, had more mast-sized trees than they could use) Englishmen _insisting_ on their Rights, from the Magna Carta, on thru the Common Law, to then-current Parliamentry practises about taxations…
    Imagine the American Revolution as merely an example of “The Hue & Cry”, writ large!

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