RIP, JONATHAN MATSON

I have had five agents in my life. (I’m not easy to get along with, apparently.) Jonathan Matson was my third. Jonathan fired my second agent on behalf of the company he ran under his father’s name and then took me under his wing, for a while, anyway. He was the most storied, by far; … [Read more…]

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…]

ANOTHER WAY OF THINKING ABOUT HOW INSIGNIFICANT I AM.

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…]