Answer an Easy Question, Win a Book

I’m not going to blog about politics on this page at all, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Deputy AG in the Trump administration, Rod Rosenstein, is married to a genuine Barsoomian (his wife is former US attorney Lisa Barsoomian)! His daughters, who live in my hometown of Bethesda, Maryland, are therefore the … [Read more…]

RIP Village Voice Print Edition

The Village Voice isn’t actually going out of business, but it won’t be the same without the print edition. Back in the 1980s, I actually bought it regularly (it was the only way to find out in the pre-internet era where The Raunch Hands were playing that week), and then I reviewed movies and wrote … [Read more…]


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…]


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…]