The Playground During Free Time

I read, or heard, or watched somewhere this past week someone complaining that the problem with the United States now is that we need a vision, a direction, something we can all focus on as a possible goal…that this (forging a new nation, destroying fascism, putting a man on the moon) is what the United […]

Random Things

Philip Jose Farmer, early Space Cadets, nuclear armageddon and the Not-Really-Trek vs Trek-that-is-not-Trek battle.

Guest Editorial: Words Matter, Actions Matter and Race Definitely Matters by Chris M. Barkley

“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I finished reading Christopher Nuttal’s editorial, “A Character Who Happens To Be Black” for the first time, I found myself remembering an oft told story about Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt. Uhura on Star Trek.

Guest Editorial: Humanity’s’ R&D Department – Science Fiction by David Gerrold

This is the primary function of science fiction — to be the Research and Development Division of the Human Species. This literature is the laboratory in which we consider the universe and our place in it. It is the place where we ask, “Who are we and what is our purpose here? What does it mean to be a human being?”

No other genre is as ambitious, no other genre considers as many powerful and disturbing questions. All the other branches of literature are about the past, they’re about how we got here, as if here is a static place. Only science fiction is about the future. Only science fiction is about change.

Guest Editorial: A Character Who Happens to be Black

One of the charges leveled at the Sad Puppies is that they are against ‘diverse’ characters in books (and comics, movies, TV shows, etc.) The people who level these charges are, essentially, accusing the Sad Puppies of racism, that the only reason they could possibly have for objecting to these characters is their race (or gender, or sexuality, or whatever.) It is a fairly obvious rhetorical trap. By asserting that racism is the only reason to object to these characters, they brand the Sad Puppies as racists.

Goodbye, Karen

Today, an hour before this post went live, we began the memorial for Karen. She asked to be cremated and interred with her parents. This I have done. She asked that her family and friends be with her, and they were. Towards the end, she kept saying that she wanted to go home. I assured […]

Late & No Show

Sorry folks. No editorial this week (though I’ve a lot to comment on). Things are getting a bit rough around here. See you all next week, hopefully. (That’s not enigmatic, it’s just a statement.)