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August 1, 2013

A bumper month for laying about on the couch reading!

1. Mindplayers – Pat Cadigan

In 1955, EC Comics launched a comic called “Psychoanalysis”, and it was pretty much exactly what you’d expect for a comic called Psychoanalysis with a nameless doc talking to people laying on a couch. Mindplayers is sort of like that comic, except it’s SF from 1992, so the psychoanalysis is done via VR you access directly through your optic nerves after you remove your eyeballs. The book has more an episodic than...

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Published on August 01, 2013 05:09 • 31 views

July 30, 2013

… your advanced technology is extremely painful to use. Need to download a new app to your phone? Well, that’s easy. Just insert this eight inch spike into your right eye, and this barbed plug up your butt, and you should have it downloaded in a second.

… your spaceship’s engines are covered in sharp, spiky bits that A) whir about fast enough to dice the unsuspecting into bone jelly, B) bleed off gouts of energy, preferably lightning, to once more wreak havoc on the unsuspecting. Also, your en...

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Published on July 30, 2013 03:30 • 37 views

July 27, 2013


Pohang had its annual fireworks festival tonight.

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Published on July 27, 2013 07:45 • 51 views

July 25, 2013

Last RitesMy story “Last Rites For a Vagabond” has been published over at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. It’s about ghost-hunters, drugs, and making poor life choices. It’s neither “lovely” nor is it just a “good story”.

Here’s a snippet:

The dispensary was so organized it made my skin creep. Give me a hovel little better than a roofed-over hole and a crone with teeth as black as night. She’d hardly care what you bought or why; might even give you more if you spoke straight to her. No one likes a liar, but lif...

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Published on July 25, 2013 02:08 • 35 views

July 23, 2013

Love books. Love reading. Don’t love a genre.

The fact that the number of SF authors who would have sex with their cats is not zero is disconcerting to say the least.

Ishmael Reed should be as popular Kurt Vonnegut.

You can judge how healthy a relationship is by how well its members can work together in a kitchen.

Heavy metal is good. Louder heavy metal is better.

Mental incontinence might be more destructive than mental incompetence.

Some folks are ignorant chuckleheads more in love with mansplain...

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Published on July 23, 2013 05:31 • 36 views

July 21, 2013

Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #126 is already available at Weightless Books for electronically inclined readers. The issue includes my story “Last Rites for a Vagabond”, which I’ll talk more about when the issue gets published later this week*.

And while you’re over at Weightless Books you might also want to check out Minions of the Moon and Dust Devils on a Quiet Street both by Rick Bowes, Sofia Samatar’s A Stranger in Olondria, and Jim Nisbet’s Snitch World.

All of them are pretty great.

* Whe...

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Published on July 21, 2013 06:29 • 50 views

July 19, 2013

“It is the notion that being exposed to the Great Books and the Great Thoughts must lead to Great Morals; unfortunately, we should probably be satisfied if it leads to a decent vocabulary now and then.”

- from Robert Sapolsky’s, The Trouble With Testosterone

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Published on July 19, 2013 06:35 • 54 views

July 18, 2013

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Published on July 18, 2013 05:32 • 37 views

Seriously, they are.

Not only do they have warts, topical skin conditions, various physical tics, and other minor abnormalities, but their thought processes are different. They see things you don’t see. They hear things you don’t hear.

They think things you don’t think.

If its a physical thing, you might be in luck. Remember that kid in your class with the deformed ear, or the unsightly mole, or crooked teeth? Childhood is the great era of corrective surgery, braces, and the lasering away of uns...

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Published on July 18, 2013 03:02 • 11 views

July 16, 2013

Are you really taking a break from the internet if you don’t go online and tell everyone you’re taking a break from the internet?

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Published on July 16, 2013 06:28 • 35 views