Putting the life back in science fiction


Chaos and the Art of the Dead Cat
November 23, 2016, 10:46 pm
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I know, I know, everybody’s getting stressed out about acting thankful tomorrow, and I’m supposed to put out a message about what I’m thankful for (which is a lot, actually.  I’m still breathing.  That counts for something).

Unfortunately, I’m just providing ammo for that Thanksgiving political argument you don’t want to get into.  So if you’re not interested in that, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and read the rest of this on Friday.

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You know, I didn’t want Hot Earth Dreams to come true…
November 10, 2016, 6:22 pm
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I’ve been quiet here because we were moving to a new house.  Now I’m settled in, and El Cheeto Grande won the election, not because he won the popular vote, but because of the arcana of the US electoral college.

If you’re reading this outside the US, as an American, I apologize.  To quote a recent get-out-the-vote song, we shot ourselves in the face. Worse, and more to the point, Trump’s already making good on his anti-environmental stance: he’s chosen a noted climate critic to head his EPA transition team.  Unless a miracle happens, we’re not just going to miss that small window for avoiding severe climate change, here in the US, currently the world’s biggest polluter, we’re going to get the fossil fuel industry on the rampage, pushing back all the controls we’ve tried to set on them.  Unfortunately, that makes Hot Earth Dreams that much more plausible, although I’m going to have to revise bits of it.  There’s something about Trump’s win that seems familiar, too.  I think I’ve seen these patterns in other places.

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