a series of trials, errors, and occasional victories

StepsIntoCave 1500 crop

BERNI JUST BROUGHT ME a sheet of paper ti­tled “Ten Rules for Being Human.” Un­for­tu­nately, it had been pho­to­copied so many times that the let­ters were all a blur, so I couldn’t read it without squinting like Mr. Magoo. (I’d ask, “Who passes crappily-rendered stuff like this around?” but some­body gave to Berni and she gave it to me, right?) READ MORE

on poul anderson’s brain wave

PoulAnderson BrainWave Kirkland 1500

I FOUND MY AGING COPY of Poul An­der­son’s Brain Wave when I dis­cov­ered Joachim Boaz’s site Sci­ence Fic­tion and Other Sus­pect Ru­mi­na­tions. I read Joachim’s take on Poul An­der­son’s novel—he con­sid­ered it “vaguely good”—and the com­ments sub­mitted by his readers and I dis­agreed with cer­tain ob­ser­va­tions of theirs. So, I want to ad­dress a few of those is­sues here on my site. READ MORE