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Eliezer_Yudkowsky comments on Failed Utopia #4-2 - Less Wrong

53 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 21 January 2009 11:04AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 22 January 2009 09:48:00PM 11 points [-]

Since people seem to be reading too much into the way the Wrinkled Genie talks, I'll note that I wrote this story in one night (that was the goal I set myself) and that the faster I write, the more all of my characters sound like me and the less they have distinctive personalities. Stories in which the character gets a genuine individual voice are a lot more work and require a lot more background visualization.

Steven, I didn't do that calculation. Well, first of all I guess that Mars doesn't end up as 2/3 ocean, and second, we'll take some mass off the heavier Venus and expand Mars to give it a larger surface area. That's fair.