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Kevin J. Anderson's Writing and a Fun New Game!

Postby Nekhrun » 10 Aug 2010 22:36

Inspired by this thread: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2417

I spent some time with The Machine Crusade and my Command+F feature. For your consideration, I give you the kja-ification of Dune:

kja in The Machine Crusade wrote:Blow these machines into five separate hells.
What in the seven hells is that?
What in the hells is that?

He straightened his ruled collar and his overly formal ultrasuit.

Ultimate Price
Ultimate Victory x5
Ultimate Survival x2
Ultimate Expansion
Ultimate Goal x2
Ultimate Futility
Ultimate Folly
Ultimate Answer
Ultimate Annihilation

unbelievable extremes
extreme sacrifices
extremely important
extreme crisis
extreme pain or stress
extreme age
extreme non­violence
extreme form
extreme isolation
extreme duress
extremely bright
extremely threatening
extremely fast
extremely important venture
Extremely dangerous x2
extremely valuable commercial patent
extremely rare
extremely watchful


More to follow!
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Re: Kevin J. Anderson's Writing and a Fun New Game!

Postby Kojiro » 10 Aug 2010 23:23

Should we turn this into a drinking game?

Um, nevermind, bad idea. We'll all get alcohol poisoning.
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Postby SandChigger » 10 Aug 2010 23:28

Do "Excrementally painful"! :lol:
I have heard of only one mistake that doesn’t have an explanation for a careful reader...with an open mind. (And, no, I’m not going to tell you what it is!) —KJA

I don't like every writer's style; for instance, I have never been able to get through Ursula LeGuin, China Mieville, or Iain Banks, all of whom are critical darlings. —KJA

I...had written a bunch of Star Wars and X-Files books...that proved not just that I'm a hack, but that I could write in somebody else's universe... —KJA

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Postby D Pope » 11 Aug 2010 01:26

Kojiro wrote:Should we turn this into a drinking game?

Um, nevermind, bad idea. We'll all get alcohol poisoning.


Extreemly ultimate ultra-alcohol poisoning? :P
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Postby Sev » 11 Aug 2010 01:30

What the fuck is an "overly formal ultra-suit" :crazy:
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Postby SandChigger » 11 Aug 2010 01:39

Meaningless futuristic sartorial scifi filler verbiage? :P
I have heard of only one mistake that doesn’t have an explanation for a careful reader...with an open mind. (And, no, I’m not going to tell you what it is!) —KJA

I don't like every writer's style; for instance, I have never been able to get through Ursula LeGuin, China Mieville, or Iain Banks, all of whom are critical darlings. —KJA

I...had written a bunch of Star Wars and X-Files books...that proved not just that I'm a hack, but that I could write in somebody else's universe... —KJA

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Postby TheDukester » 11 Aug 2010 02:41

A personal favorite: "Amazingly white." I think it was from Jessica's Wind.

Like there are degrees of white ... :roll:

(Sidebar: I'm convinced editing is a lost art at U.S. publishing houses. There's just no way that sort of thing should ever see print)
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Postby D Pope » 11 Aug 2010 02:47

Have you seen SandChiggers results for Vermilion?

edit;
SandChigger wrote:"Vermilion Hells" comes up only 22 times. Adding another L gets you another 12.
Leto II is gone for good, except for OM. The "pearl" was just that; a miniscule portion of what Leto was, and not a compressed version of the whole. The pearl that the worms have do not make them Leto, or in any way similar to him.
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Postby lotek » 11 Aug 2010 03:57

Adding another L gets you another 12


didn't the hack pretend that proof reading was a systematic part of his putting one of his turds on the shelves?
Or maybe he'll claim the different spelling is from an in-in-universe where Irulan spitefully rewrote the word because she didn't like that colour or something?
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Postby lotek » 11 Aug 2010 04:33

out of curiosity I compared how many times you can find the word extreme in Dune to Nekhrun's results:
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(dune because it's the only pdf I have on my work pc)

What's the word count for both books? (total I mean)
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Postby Nekhrun » 11 Aug 2010 08:21

I really should have some type of method for this, and I don't think I have access to all of McDune in pdf. I'll have to do some digging. This is kind of fun.

In House Atreides Kevin J. Anserson wrote:Penultimate step
Ultimately x5
Ultimate tool
Ultimate failure
Ultimate victory
Ultimate power
Ultimate question
Ultimate science


extremes of the intellectual spectrum
social extremes
practical in the extreme
extreme efficiency
extreme peril
extreme risk
extremely valuable
extreme, bitter loneliness
extreme danger x2
extreme mental changes
extreme prana-bindu muscular control
extreme cruelty
extreme doubts
extreme environments
extreme age
extreme care x2
extreme moisture loss
extremely light and strong
extremely unlikely
extremely careful
extreme caution
extreme measures
extremely suspicious
extremely busy
extremely wealthy
extremely important
scorn was so extreme that he couldn't conceal it.
extremely dangerous
he had always tried to treat his loyal men well, to such an extreme that many of the servants and soldiers considered Leto one of their number, a comrade-in-arms

and my favorite…
extremely pyrophoric!
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Postby lotek » 11 Aug 2010 09:00

pyrophoric

A pyrophoric substance (from Greek πυροφορος, purophoros, "fire-bearing") will ignite spontaneously in air.


now we know keith has opened a dictionary once :)
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Postby Nekhrun » 11 Aug 2010 09:20

lotek wrote:
pyrophoric

A pyrophoric substance (from Greek πυροφορος, purophoros, "fire-bearing") will ignite spontaneously in air.


now we know keith has opened a dictionary once :)

Too bad he really doesn't know how to use language though.

He's saying that this will EXTREMELY ignite spontaneously in air.
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Postby Eyes High » 11 Aug 2010 09:26

lotek wrote:
pyrophoric

A pyrophoric substance (from Greek πυροφορος, purophoros, "fire-bearing") will ignite spontaneously in air.


now we know keith has opened a dictionary once :)



Or he could just have one of those "word of the day" calendars.
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Re: Kevin J. Anderson's Writing and a Fun New Game!

Postby lotek » 11 Aug 2010 10:19

Nekhrun wrote:
lotek wrote:
pyrophoric

A pyrophoric substance (from Greek πυροφορος, purophoros, "fire-bearing") will ignite spontaneously in air.


now we know keith has opened a dictionary once :)

Too bad he really doesn't know how to use language though.

He's saying that this will EXTREMELY ignite spontaneously in air.


he's just being extremely ridiculous
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Postby SandChigger » 11 Aug 2010 10:20

Eyes High wrote:Or he could just have one of those "word of the day" calendars.

:lol: All RIGHT! Look out Kevin J. Anderson and HLP! EYES IS GUNNIN' FOR YA NOW! :D

D Pope wrote:Have you seen SandChiggers results for Vermilion?

edit;
SandChigger wrote:"Vermilion Hells" comes up only 22 times. Adding another L gets you another 12.

I should probably clarify that those results were from my files and I haven't checked those spellings against my paperbacks. It could be that the two spellings are a result of the fact that the original files are from different sources (different scans by different people).

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Postby Robspierre » 11 Aug 2010 11:44

TheDukester wrote:A personal favorite: "Amazingly white." I think it was from Jessica's Wind.

Like there are degrees of white ... :roll:

(Sidebar: I'm convinced editing is a lost art at U.S. publishing houses. There's just no way that sort of thing should ever see print)



It is and not just the US. Publishers decided to trim costs by gutting their editorial departments. Plus, to justify the cost increases on books you end op with the bloated turds filling the shelves. Now customers complain if a book isn't at least 600 pages of putrid prose in order to justify shelling out $8 or$10 for a book.

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Postby SandChigger » 11 Aug 2010 12:27

Sheer joy:

At the front strutted an elegant man in an amazingly white outfit. He stood tall, raised one hand, and shouted: "I am Rheinvar the Magnificent, and we have come to perform for you in honor of Paul-Muad'Dib!" With a gracious gesture, he extended both hands toward the platform. "And of course, to honor the Regent Alia, the Princess Irulan, and the lovely Lady Jessica."

IT'S RHEINVAR THE MAGNIFICENT, DAMMIT!!! :angry-screaming:
I have heard of only one mistake that doesn’t have an explanation for a careful reader...with an open mind. (And, no, I’m not going to tell you what it is!) —KJA

I don't like every writer's style; for instance, I have never been able to get through Ursula LeGuin, China Mieville, or Iain Banks, all of whom are critical darlings. —KJA

I...had written a bunch of Star Wars and X-Files books...that proved not just that I'm a hack, but that I could write in somebody else's universe... —KJA

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Postby Freakzilla » 11 Aug 2010 12:37

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Postby aethereon » 11 Aug 2010 12:55

This is extremely freakin' sweet. Ultimately - I hope I can help keep the fire burning. :wink:

Lets see, I'm still not done with BoC yet (and please bear in mind that I'm listening, not reading):

I've heard "robot(s)," "thinking machine(s)," and "mech(s)" all used interchangeably, specifically with Erasmus and the Cymeks. At this point what defines a Cymek has been repeated in handfuls, and how/why Erasmus is an "independent" robot (not easy to look up in context). However Cymeks are especially referred to as "thinking machines" quite commonly. I don't feel a need to outline inherent issues in present company.

Raptor (raptorlike, raptor craft, raptor vessel, raptor form, raptor ship) -cymek context - 10 hits in machine crusade.

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Postby Nekhrun » 11 Aug 2010 14:23

aethereon wrote:Raptor (raptorlike, raptor craft, raptor vessel, raptor form, raptor ship) -cymek context - 10 hits in machine crusade.

:lol: That's the spirit!
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Postby aethereon » 11 Aug 2010 14:32

Like (Legends series only):

like a, like an, like any - 564 hits.

like the, like this, like those - 223 hits.

like - 1688 total hits when searching for "like" only.

Objectively, there are an extreme minority of instances where "like" is used as a preferential emote by a character, or something else. Ultimately, such concessions yield less than marginal impact on results as a whole.

unlike - 46 hits.

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Postby lotek » 11 Aug 2010 14:41

i repost that pic I cocked up the linking in the original posted(still fixed it though)
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I find very interesting the choice of the words the adjective "ultimate" refers to in both cases, and also quite revealing of the ultimate gap separating Dune and mcdune...
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Re: Kevin J. Anderson's Writing and a Fun New Game!

Postby D Pope » 11 Aug 2010 14:52

Just as a palate clenser, i'd like to share a favorite of mine by Douglas Adams.

The ugly yellow bulk of the Vogon Constructor ship hung in the air much in the same way a brick doesn't.

Quoted from memory,I apologize if it's incorrect.
What a beautiful way to say it right? I've no doubt the KJH is proud of their similie, maybe if one warrents a gold star they'll get to display it on the fridge!?!
Leto II is gone for good, except for OM. The "pearl" was just that; a miniscule portion of what Leto was, and not a compressed version of the whole. The pearl that the worms have do not make them Leto, or in any way similar to him.
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