Terry Pratchett’s Raising Steam is the 40th (!) novel in the Discworld series. It’s just come out in the UK (the US edition comes out in March) and it’s a tremendous synthesis of everything that makes Pratchett one of the world’s most delightful writers. It’s a curious thing: a fantasy novel about modernity and reactionaries, a synthesis of technological optimism and a curious sort of romantic mysticism.
Raising Steam follows on from 2007’s Making Money, and features the delightful Moist von Lipwig, as well as the characters who often accompany him, such as Lord Vetinari, William de Worde, Adora Belle Dearheart, and, notably, Harry King. It’s the story of an inventor, Dick Simnel, who masters steam, invents the railroad, and comes to Ankh-Morpork to make it a reality. Working against Simnel and his “railroading time” is a faction of reactionary dwarfs, deep-down grags who hate modernity and the mixing of dwarfs with the Discworld’s other species. The grags inspire a wave of terrorist violence, starting with attacks on the clacks towers and moving onto the railroad itself.
Woman should not speak in church? really?
I understand the others as jokes… but really?
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The Most Wonderfully Ridiculous Movie Computers of All Time
If you grew up watching TV and going to the movies in the 1960s and 1970s, you know what computers were supposed to look like: walls of tall cabinets with spinning tape drives and blinking lights.
The archetypal Hollywood computer was real: the IBM AN/FSQ-7 built in 1957 for US missile defense. A Hollywood prop man bought the AN/FSQ-7 after it was decommissioned, and that machine, and props designed to look like it, turned up in movies and TV shows including Sleeper, The Time Tunnel, Doris Day’s That Touch of Mink, Tracy and Hepburn’s Desk Set, and more.
Here a security officer (you can see it says “security officer” on the patch on his bicep) reads out information from a computerized fire control system in the movie The Towering Inferno. The actor is named OJ Simpson. He later went on to be famous for activities outside his acting career.