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Review of chapter "Summer Vacations" from fpb
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Magi, it depends on the amount of control on telekinesis they have. One thing that everyone knows about sex is that if you do it wrong it's painful. Well, unless you are a member of the BDSM community, of course.
Review By [fpb] • Date [19 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Summer Vacations" from Magi
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Doc Fraiser should interview Azure Crush and Sergi and write a paper on safe sex for superpowered people. It's going to be needed eventually, there's going to be a lot more superpowered people pretty soon. You could call it...the Kama Supera. Either that or a VERY X-rated conference call between Azure, Terrawatt, Action Girl, and Doc Fraiser.

Has Doc Fraiser given Azure Crush a checkup yet like she did for Alex?

And then in a few more years the Macks can help her with a paper of superpowered pregnancies.

Telekinetics are going to be able to have really weird-kinky sex, aren't they?
Review By [Magi] • Date [19 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Summer Vacations" from SirLee
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About "Frozen":
That guy was reaching. About half of the "evidences" he listed were stylistic choices, not plot points. It's not nearly in the league of the "Pocahontas/Avatar" similarities.
Comments from author:
I agree. After a while, I was expecting him to start saying things like:
#11: THEY'RE BOTH CARTOONS!
#12: THEY BOTH HAVE PROTAGONISTS!
:D
Review By [SirLee] • Date [19 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "An American in Paris" from Ephemeral
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Well, no costume, but she can just stay silvery so its not THAT big a deal.

Speaking of her silvery morph: "Her silvery morph is telekinesis on a sub-atomic scale, as Sam Carter has theorized."

I have been breaking my brain trying to figure out how this can possibly be true, and there's just no way there isn't SOMETHING else going on, up to and including it being entirely a separate warper power.

Two critical issues:

Her brain. If the silvery morph ISN'T the event horizon of a stable extradimensional distortion, and her body is actually being transmuted into a homogenous mass, WHAT IS SHE USING TO THINK while her brain isn't around?

Persistence. Both herself, her equipment, and other people come OUT of the morph completely unaltered, so if they are also actually being transmuted, WHERE IS THE INFORMATION BEING STORED for them to be reconstituted? Because Alex certainly isn't memorizing exabytes worth of matter-pattern data.

Edit:
Okay. If that's how it works, why can't Alex, say, take an apple and a pile of gravel into her morph, and then use the mass of the gravel to pull a pile of apple copies out of her morph? Or heck, pull Jack O'Neill into her morph along with a couple of cows and use the mass of the cows to drop a half-dozen Jack O'Neills out of her morph?
Comments from author:
I'm stealing the basic Whateley Universe idea of 'pattern theory' and explaining the stored information as being preserved extra-dimensionally, along with the necessary energy: there is no way Alex can eat enough to fuel this kind of energy drain.
Review By [Ephemeral] • Date [18 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Summer Vacations" from fpb
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Author: ... “Frozen” .... takes a lot of the classic Disney tropes and stabs them in the chest with an icicle.

Guess you and this guy haven't seen the same movie: http://youtu.be/hYMXXc_PzsM
Comments from author:
There may be a lot of the usual movie tropes in both, but the 'classic Disney tropes' like:
A princess needs a prince (of some sort)...
Love at first sight is the best love...
A princess needs someone to rescue her...
etc...
do not survive 'Frozen' intact.

Still, there are a lot of YMMV issues in Frozen. For example, some people love Olaf and some hate him.
Review By [fpb] • Date [18 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Summer Vacations" from frozenchicken
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Hey, Prey! I think I called this one like 150 chapters back. It really is a good one though, as the subtle yet overwhelming nature of the threats means even superheros are at risk.
Comments from author:
I liked the start of the book, but every time I hit a plothole that I knew was inadequate research on nanotechnology or weak plotting, it just yanked me out of the story. It's not his best book. If you're going to insist that you write hard scifi, you need to really know the subject and not just read a dozen journal articles.

Oh, and when you called it, I laughed like a loon and deliberately gave you an ambiguous non-answer.
Review By [frozenchicken] • Date [18 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Summer Vacations" from fpb
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You REALLY don't like Michael Crichton's stories, do you? This is the second time you draw on one for episodic villains. And mind you, these guys are much better villains than your Congo lot; a few lines of dialogue are enough to identify a destructive group dynamic of paranoia, self-importance, manipulation, self-prostitution (someone married, slept with, and had children with, someone she utterly despised, for no better reason than group advantage and experiment) and utter closedness to argument, in which they reinforce each other. Like we were saying a few weeks ago, you've got a lovely bunch of psychopaths...
Comments from author:
It's rather that Crichton wrote a lot of stories with badguys (or badguys and idiots) creating horrific threats. I still enjoy a number of them, like 'The Andromeda Strain', even if it has some plotholes too. 'Congo' was just plain silly. And in a number of cases, the problem is me and my math/science background, which is why I could never enjoy 'Numb3rs'. Like my friend (biologist/taxonomist/paleontologist) who went to see 'Jurassic Park' and couldn't stop complaining during the movie about all the blatant errors and assumptions regarding the dinos. You'd think he would have known ahead of time it would have Hollywood Dinosaurs in it.
Review By [fpb] • Date [18 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Summer Vacations" from RevDorothyL
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Hmm...! It sounds like our three super-powered girls may be in just the right place at the right time to knock some American Orphans down to size (which is probably the only way Pyre is going to see any action until she's out of High School -- by accidentally ending up in the wrong place at the right time). :)
Comments from author:
With Pyre, you have to ask yourself: is it really 'accidentally'?
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [18 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Summer Vacations" from DieselDriver
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Seeing Boulder Dam is no longer the super easy thing it was before the new bridge opened. You can't even see the dam from the bridge. They have very wide shoulders and very high (and I hope extremely strong) walls along the side probably to prevent people from driving off the bridge or stopping traffic if their car stalls for some reason. Plenty of room to change tires or the tow truck to get there and not slow traffic at all. BUT YOU CAN'T SEE ANYTHING from the bridge, darn it.

Not a clue about the next crossover. Don't really care since I know the story will be great anyway, no matter who it is. Those four sure have the wrong idea about other people don't they? Really bad case of ignorance and arrogance teaming up to make for really stupid actions on their part. They'd never believe someone who's done the things Alex has done would be so modest and unassuming a person. I think Kelly explained it perfectly. "Who'd ever think awesome, fantastic Terrawat would be such a nice person?" is a quote I made up but I could easily picture her saying during that conversation.
Comments from author:
There is a DC story where Lex Luthor spent the moolah to have someone wokr out who Spues really is. Their conclusion? Clark Kent. Luthor knew they were complete idiots because he was sure no one with Superman's powers would be content to play 'boy reporter' and work n a newsroom.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [18 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Summer Vacations" from Grovtech
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I've heard a lot of un-nice things about Micheal C's stories from hard SF fans over the years. It's best to say he grossed over a huge amount of stuff, but from time to time the story is half decent.

Diane's on the other hand is full of details that is at least plausible considering that it is fanfic or in the case of Whateley stuff she's inherited. The stories are engrossing and addictive as proven by my plowing through her old stuff in short order.

That is sorta kinda good since I've gotten a good view of just how Alex and the rest of her characters have developed and changed. That is good as we see our heroine being to grow more confident in herself and achieve her potential. Way cool!
Comments from author:
Thanks. Crichton's stories vary from pretty good to so-so, although I thought 'Congo' was just silly and way too much like a lot of Tarzan and 'great white hunter' and Alan Quartermain stories I had seen or read. But the more you know about the scientific details in a subject, the harder it is to read 'hard' scifi on the subject. Unless it's by Niven or Pournelle or Benford or Asimov. Or Hal Clement. They did their homework.
Review By [Grovtech] • Date [18 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Summer Vacations" from Amberdrake
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Three SPBs on a road trip to the middle of nowhere... what could possibly happen? Hanna hasn't had enough exposure to comic books yet and Shar's too young but Alex really should know better. :D

Edit: Well obviously Alex need to start reading more Diane Castle. :)
Comments from author:
I believe Teal'c just commented on this trope recently in 'Cross Purposes'.
Review By [Amberdrake] • Date [18 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fpb
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Jack O'Neilll: "... we’ve handled the mysterious Orphan project in central France now..."


Or have they? If I were the Batman and paranoid, I would point out that Paris is not generally held to be in central France.....
Comments from author:
:D :D You don't have to be The Bat to be paranoid!
Review By [fpb] • Date [18 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Summer Vacations" from Starfox
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Nice fluffy stuff with Shar - always a plus. But the finishing scene... great Paranoia about Tera, and a chilling look into the mindset of the orphans. I wonder if this will involve Buffy.
Comments from author:
It seems like a lot of crooks think everyone must be a crook, and a lot of monsters think everyone must be a monster too. These Orphans naturally assume Tera's a bigger threat than they are.
Review By [Starfox] • Date [18 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Summer Vacations" from SirLee
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This episode was, in a way, a collection of small moments about growing up.

- Kelly grows up: quietly telling Alex that she figured out her secret and won't ever tell anyone shows her maturing. She also shows maturity by admitting that Alex was better suited than her to be a superhero.
- Alex's confrontation with the airport thieves shows how much her experiences changed her: she is no longer easily distracted even when relaxing -- she's always keeping her "battle awareness."
- "Even the Fantastic Four don’t hit those kinds of numbers." True, but back in TLoEW, she only had faced local thugs -- she was a long way from becoming a world-savior. That's how much she grew up.
- The interview with Marsha -- In a way, Alex was looking at herself, and how important she had become.
- Alex shows some long-range planning ability when discussing what to do if she ever gets "outed."
- Shar grew up some too: she acquired her own musical tastes, but she respected the fact that some of it annoyed Alex.
- Alex's parents treat her like an adult. They don't second-guess her inviting Hanna over, because they respect her maturity. They don't worry about the three girls camping alone, because they know that these three girls are more capable of defending themselves than a full platoon of Marines.
Comments from author:
A lot of this story is about Alex growing up and dealing with life as a superheroine, if not THE superheroine. Just as Alex came a very long way in her four years of tv programs, she has come a very long way since then.
Review By [SirLee] • Date [18 Sep 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
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"There is a amusing Lois & Clark fanfic on the L&C Archive where a new hire at the Daily Planet after a month or so figures out the Clark is Superman. When Jimmy Olsen recognizes the expression on the guys face he drags him into Perry White's office where they have a NDA for him to sign. Most of the staff have figured it out and signed but they don't let Clark know because it makes him nervous."

****

I have been looking for that fic and failing.

Author, Title, date or other details that might help?
Comments from author:
No idea, personally. I didn't even know there was a separate L&C fanfic site, although I should have assumed since there seems to be sites for everything imaginable on the intarwebs.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [18 Sep 14] • Not Rated
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