Historical Soup: July 16th

Seeing that I’m both an engineer and a science fiction writer of a certain age, you can probably guess I’m pretty geeked out that today is the 49th anniversary our Apollo program’s moonshot. So, yeah, I’m remembering the astronauts, engineers, and calculators who worked so hard to make that happen. The space program achieved so […]

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I Say Yes To Oprah

If you’ve been hiding in a cave for the last 24 hours, it’s time to step out and listen to Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes last night. It is, without doubt, one of the greatest pieces of oration I’ve ever heard. It lit the twitterverse up so strongly last night that I chased […]

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Space Traders, DACA, and Good SF

In listening to fallout over Trump’s recent DACA decision, I’m drawn to parallels with Derrick Bell’s Space Traders, a controversial novella published in 1992 that examines what might happen if an alien race offered the US government a wondrous bounty in return for the entirety of the country’s African American population. Outlandish, right? I say […]

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Many Sides of Violence

There’s this thing people have about violence, people who say violence is never the answer. They say it with such conviction, and yet, it’s so clearly not really right. I admit it would be fantastic if we lived in a society where violence or its threat would never be needed. That would be great. The […]

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My Male-Pattern Stupidity and Fearless Girl

I’m finding myself caught up in several conversations about Fearless Girl and Charging Bull. You know what I’m talking about, right? The statue of the little girl standing defiantly in front of the Wall Street bull and the flack that came about when the original artist, Arturo Di Modica, complained that her appearance altered his […]

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The Divide

Like a bunch of folks, I’ve been watching the rhetoric of the fallout of this election. People trying to get a handle on what everything means are as interesting as anything else about it. Folks are wandering around, scratching their heads about how we’re more divided than ever—which I think isn’t right…I think we are […]

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Creativity in the US

I’ve had this tucked away in an open browser tab for quite awhile, and stumbled upon it again today. I think it’s fascinating, even though I’m not sure what to make of it. The graphic was embedded in the Passive Guy’s blog a couple months ago, attached to a post titled “The stunning geographic divide […]

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