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…]

A couple of thoughts on McDonald’s.

I am a gentleman of a certain age (ok, I am 51) and so I remember McDonald’s as a wholesome treat of childhood. I remember going to McDonald’s with the Thompson twins or the Adler twins (two sets of twins who lived on my street in 1969 – and yes, they were indeed twins named … [Read more…]