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Old 04-08-2009, 11:41 AM   #46
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Hurrah!Its arrived!
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:46 AM   #47
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Hotter sound, or what?!
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Old 04-08-2009, 01:16 PM   #48
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Hurrah!Its arrived!
Damn,I'm in the UK and still no sign.Hopefully tomorrow
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:11 PM   #49
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Well so far, better sound,love the airstrike and the infantry and........and........and........Ooooooooooooooooo ooooooo i Love this !
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Old 04-09-2009, 11:50 AM   #50
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Noooo, nothing today. And I know for fact that another Swedish guy far up north got it by now...

Ok,the arrival of the scarce Thomas Ligotti book In a Foreign Town, in a Foreign Land made my mood quite a bit better though. At least this literature fits very well with the theme of Easter and the old horror story about this guy getting killed in a very painful way and then coming back from the dead...

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Old 04-09-2009, 05:10 PM   #51
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and the old horror story about this guy getting killed in a very painful way and then coming back from the dead...
Yes, mine hasn't arrived so far, too.
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Old 04-10-2009, 02:19 AM   #52
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No upgrade here yet...

In the meantime I'm enjoying the arrival of the first Swedish edition from 1935 of Olaf Stapledon Last and First Men. The pages are still uncut.
An excellent novel! I read that as a teen way back, well, better not say how long ago that was! You know he wrote that prior to what is called the Golden Age of science fiction, when it seemed like so many of the outstanding works were still influenced by an underlying sense of gloom, stemming first from the turn of the century and then from the wonders of all the emerging technology turning into the creation of terrible weapons and mass deaths of WWI. And then science itself moving past "wonders" and through advanced physics and cosmology revealing a vision of the universe suggesting that no matter what technology and humankind might do and create, that life, the planets, and ultimately the stars and galaxies would all end in the heat death of the universe. We were cosmically screwed. Aliens (HG Wells, "The Invasion From Mars" were aggressive, powerful and malevolent. Earth, home...our only refuge, even if only temporarily.

Stapledon certainly created a breathtaking, sweeping vision. But he was part of that pre-Atomic Age era of SF. I recall Astounding magazine and editor John Campbell in the very very late thirties beginning of the 40's changing the nature of SF towards a more optimistic basis. Humans could not only survive, but by adapting and embracing the changing universe, even evolving to higher consciousness - could eventually master whatever challenges arose. Aliens became more complex characters, and might be allies rather than invaders. Heinlein, Asimov, Van Vogt, and the rest in that era established a more optimistic view of the future. I guess it remains to be seen who was right.

Whew! Sorry - Stapledon brought back fond memories. Meanwhile, just finished SB Pro revised Steinbach Ambush scenario. The graphics, the sound files, intense arty strikes - well worth the wait. Just scratching the surface of the upgrade so far though. I haven't found a scenario in which the new UAV implementation is available, or the many of the vehicle advances. But it runs as smoothly as the beta. A great job from the people at eSim. I haven't heard about any serious bugs or issues yet, either.
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Old 04-10-2009, 07:15 AM   #53
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Thanks Eugene, that brings Stapledons work into good perspective. Glad to hear we have a long term SF reader on board. At the moment I'm exploring my way through the genre, and I do some good detours into the branch of weird tales and horror as well.

We have very nice weather here at the moment, and after a running seesion i will now read some good SF stuff on the balcony. perhaps it was a good thing the SB upgrade did'nt arrive this weekend. I would be glued to the screen indoors if I had it avaible right now. You guys with the upgrade can enjoy getting arty strikes on your head this whole Easter....

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Old 04-10-2009, 02:01 PM   #54
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I wonder where my copy is?
What's worrying me is that I can't find my e-mail confirmation of purchase,although I do have it on my card statement.
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:44 PM   #55
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Glad to hear we have a long term SF reader on board.

We have very nice weather here at the moment, and after a running seesion i will now read some good SF stuff on the balcony.

cheers Porphy

Ahhhh, Porphy! That sounds like The Life!

Re SF reading - likewise! Hope you enjoy. "Astounding" had a great companion magazine for several years called "Unknown." It leaned in the direction of "Weird Tales" relative to the science-based/rooted "Astounding." But it still required rigorous working out of implications and logic, despite its more fantasy-like elements. Some great, classic stories by major SF writers were published there, rather than in sister "Astounding."

Hope to be engaging in MP SB Pro this Monday evening with other lucky receivers of the new version.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:47 AM   #56
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Upgrade CD + Manual received today
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:59 AM   #57
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Ja! Ja! Ja...! Jaaaa...! Jaaaaaahhh...!!!
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:01 PM   #58
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Old 04-14-2009, 05:05 PM   #59
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There are a few missing textures from the winter (no leaves) TIS scheme.

Go here for the hotfix:

http://www.steelbeasts.com/sbforums/...ad.php?t=13017
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Old 04-16-2009, 05:43 AM   #60
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Yeees! I'm now a happy owner of the 2.460 upgrade...


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