Placing Names: it is a thing!

Well, about three years and a field of poppies later, the combined efforts of a zillion scholars have arrived on my desk in a physical manifestation of printed paper, green bindings, and a snappy little dark red trident logo! Placing Names is a thing! They actually printed it and sent it to all us editors […]

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Green Chili Jones: Solved

So what is it with New Mexico green chilis? Is it something in the soil? Something in the dusty valleys scorched by the desert sun where even lizards fear to crawl and only the toughest, gnarliest lifeforms can eke out an existence, raving into the blue-black sky with a fierce scream of defiance:  Universe, que […]

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Fallout from Quincy Adams: Readercon 2016

It’s strange to think about the fun-fest of Readercon — which it always turns out to be — as a hotbed of controversy where ripples of fallout will radiate outward for weeks and months after the event. On the other hand, science fiction fandom is a sort of canary in the coal mine of society […]

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Redemption Song

Pondering the depths of guilt and despair, the criminal is led to the scene of a crime.  His handlers are not brutal, they too are subdued; as if ashamed themselves, and feeling the general shame of a greedy act.  Well, it was a robbery — which is wrong — but it was not murder or […]

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It’s Towel Day: Let your freak flag fly!

Yes, it’s towel day!   And I wore my official Miffy towel, that I bought at Watsons on Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong many years ago.   It’s a little thread-bare, but when you are roughing it across the galaxy, struggling to survive against merciless hordes of alien creatures, it’s good to […]

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Agit-prop 2016: Democratic Socialism Wants You

Just before the New York primary I noticed this sign posted on the Quincy Street billboard in Harvard Yard.   This is directly across the street from entrance to the Harvard Art Museum, at the gate between Philosophy, Robinson and Sever Halls.   It is a fairly good traffic spot in the mornings. Whoever posted this has […]

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The Sleek and Memorable Art of A. J. Donnell

In another post (about blood moons and werewolves) I had occasion to examine the various cover paintings for Jack Williamson’s great novel, Darker Than You Think.   In addition to Edd Cartier’s black and white illustration, Jeff Jones’ transmogrification of tigers and snakes, and David G. Klein’s rather literalist take on the eros and violence in […]

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