Guest Post: Are Aliens Neurotic, Too?

A Guest Post by Mark Laporta: Knock around the sci-fi space-time continuum, and you’re bound to run into familiar alien stereotypes. There’s the Galaxy-wise Sage full of cryptic maxims. Or the muscled-up bigot, who thinks you’re a threat to his warrior clan. Successfully dodge his e-mag blade and you could bump into a Sidereal Opportunist. … [Read more…]


October 17, 2016. I noted yesterday that if (as NASA now claims, more than somewhat inexactly) there are two trillion galaxies in the universe, that means that there are two million quintillion planets, give or take. That SOUNDS like a lot, but when you consider that there are seven and a half quintillion grains of … [Read more…]

Rod MacDonald, an Appreciation

January 1, 2017. Sometimes we hear about people’s death so late that to pay tribute seems kind of insulting. But tribute should be paid. Rod MacDonald, a great friend to SF books and movies had muscular dystrophy and had to rely on vocal software to write. He died in the spring of 2016. I will … [Read more…]

2 Trillion Galaxies? Wow, I am Insignificant!

May 16, 2017. On Friday I got the news – scientists have determined that our universe has around two trillion galaxies. You know, a trillion here, a trillion there, as the fellow said, and pretty soon, you’re talking about a lot of galaxies…. This is really staggering news.  Our own galaxy has at least 100 … [Read more…]

A Note On Abraham Lincoln the Second

Recently, during a trip to Vermont, I visited the home of Robert Lincoln, the only one of Abraham Lincoln’s children who survived to adulthood. After some dawdling around, a bit of government service, some brooding (which involved, among other things, committing his not-insane mother to an insane asylum), he moved to Chicago to run the … [Read more…]

I Am Smarter Than Albert Einstein and I Can Prove It

I’m not going to talk about politics here, and if you are a Trump supporter or a Clinton supporter, or a member of the Communist Youth League, or whatever, I hope you read my books and enjoy them and tell your friends. But presidential language is interesting! Years ago, when a reporter asked candidate Bill … [Read more…]

Sky Captain, Reconsidered

My TV stopped working for a day then mysteriously came back to life tonight. I took the opportunity to watch Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow with the family. Even my kids loved it, and they hate everything I like, just as a rule. Seems to me this holds up better than it did … [Read more…]