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1A Canadian born science fiction editor and reviewer, James Nicoll is a sharp-witted observer of the foibles of science fiction authors and their works, though somewhat UnluckilyLucky when it comes to personal safety (to the point where reporting one his numerous brushes with near-death earned the label "Nicoll Event.")˛˛Coined the trope "Brain Eater", which is now FilibusterFreefall, and is also the creator of the famous "Purity of the English Language" quote.˛˛His reviews can be found on Website/Dreamwidth and [[http://jamesdavisnicoll.com/ his website]].˛˛----˛!!Tropes Associated with James Nicoll include:˛˛* AccentuateTheNegative: A common theme in his reviews, especially when examining older science fiction stories whose values [[SocietyMarchesOn haven't aged very well]].˛* BerserkButton: Don't get him started about using He 3 mining, solar power stations, or O'Neill colonies in a story or real life as a motivation for space exploration. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Or bicyclists.]]˛* [[CrazyCatLady Crazy Cat Man]]: A ''lot'' of his earlier [=LiveJournal=] entries were stories about his numerous and sometimes neurotic collection of cats.˛* DeadpanSnarker: Especially when he's dissecting a particularly bad story.˛* DoesNotLikeShoes: He'll wear sandals even in the dead of winter, a ''Canadian'' winter.˛* MadeOfIron: Has survived a frightening number of life-threatening injuries.˛* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Mr. Nicoll, on the other hand, does have a sense of scale, and is willing to use it. From [[http://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/there-was-one-yurt-community a review]] of a novel by Creator/KimStanleyRobinson: ˛--> Trigger warning for physicists and biologists: this is supposedly hard SF, which is to say SF that provides enough technical detail that the reader can be certain that various mechanisms and events couldn’t work the way the author has them working.

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