Friday, October 13, 2017

Messing with Mythology

My latest article on is now live.  It's sort of a guided tour; it starts out at Star Trek, meanders through the suburbs of mythology, takes a sharp turn into the ghetto of comic books, and finally ends at the bright shiny new high-rise that is Alt-Hero.

Check it out.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Friday the 13th

Yes, it's Friday the Thirteenth!  You know what that means!

No.  Not that.

Or that.

Sheesh, some people...

No, every Friday the Thirteenth, I knock the price on Perchance to Scream down to 99 cents!

Get it while it's hot!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Auburn is not Berkeley

Some pictures from last night's visit by Richard Spencer.

Masks were visible, but Auburn Police did not let anyone wear them.

Saw lots of cameras.

"Roll Damn Equality."

Police presence.

Auburn brought in local police, sheriff, Montgomery police, and I even saw a friend who is retired Auburn PD, though not in uniform.

Local TV news cameras, pointed at the protest.  The people in the distance are in line to enter the auditorium.

Everyone going in was checked with a metal detector wand and all bags were searched.

Early protesters.

The line to get into the auditorium, at its longest.

Auburn Antifa, I think.  I also think this might be all of them.

"Stop making fast and furious movies."  Some people will protest anything...

...the other side of the sign read "1. Pour cereal.  2. Pour milk."  His buddy carried a sign that said "Bring back club penguin."

They got a decent chant going, but the drum was so loud I couldn't make out the words.

"Will trade racists for refugees."

Police presence.

At one point, the chant got loud enough that it attracted the attention of people in line.

They marched over behind the TV cameras, and gestured at the protesters.  One was wearing helmet and shield.

...and then they went back to standing in line.

The carrot dude.  He had a sign that said something like "I don't carrot all about your hate."

"Hate has no home here."

Police presence.

Waiting for the wand.

Flags and helmets outside the auditorium.

The press corner in the back of the room.

Right after I went in, a full squad of officers filed in and took up position in the corners of the room.

First time I've ever seen this Trump hat.

Standing ovation.

By the time Spencer got up to speak, the place was full.  Standing room only.  However, I received a text from my wife saying the local media pictures showed the room only half full.

A couple minutes in, and this gentleman stormed out, shouting "Not MY White!"


The police presence was strong.  As I left, I saw police cars from Auburn, Montgomery, and Sheriff's office, plus two or three detention vans just waiting to be loaded up.  They were on the ball; they converged immediately on the one fight that broke out, and hauled two people away that I saw, one in a blue shirt.

There was a lot less shouting and heckling than I expected, too.  I think Auburn students in general paid a lot more respect and attention than Berkeley students would have, and I'm willing to bet that says a lot about the students here in Alabama as opposed to the ones on the left coast.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Modest Proposal (for Science Fiction)

My latest LRC article is "A Modest Proposal for Science Fiction," covering such topics as the Hugo awards, discrimination in publishing, and a proposed tax on SF writers.  And their beards.


Monday, March 6, 2017

The Great Social Media Purge

My latest article is live at

The Great Social Media Purge of 2016-2017

...and, on a somewhat related note, I posted the following to Gab:

Free Speech - When *Everyone* gets to speak.

Free Speech (TM) - When "everyone" gets to speak...except the "Nazis," and the racists, and the sexists, and the gamers, and the Deplorables, and the Alt-Right, and the conservatives, and the libertarians, and...


Friday, November 18, 2016

The Rise of Alt-Tech

My latest LRC article covering Alt-Tech and the migration to it, is now live.  Check out


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Circuits and Slippers

It's all Bruce Bethke's fault.

Bruce ran The Friday Challenge, a weekly writing contest, and this particular one involved retelling a fairy tale as science fiction.  I immediately jumped on Jack and the Beanstalk, because I could see the trip up the stalk as a ride on a space elevator.  And rather than trading a cow for magic beans, my Jack traded an arm--literally--for his ticket up.

Once he's made it to the space station at the top of the stalk, he's going to have to face down the big man himself, and just wait til you see the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs--well, we don't want to pack too many spoilers into one blog post, now, do we...?

So, make sure to catch "The Girl, the Stalk, and Entropy," my take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale, in Circuits and Slippers.