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Danegeld

“It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation To call upon a neighbour and to say: — “We invaded you last night–we are quite prepared to fight, Unless you pay us cash to go away.” So begins Rudyard Kipling’s poem, Danegeld. It was a foreboding lesson, and all too accurate of today. […]

The Lost Art of IDIC

The Lost Art of IDIC

A long time concept in Star Trek was the idea of mutual respect for other people. IDIC – Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations – exemplified this concept perfectly. It was an idea whose time had arrived, fresh in the turmoil of the raging ’60’s with racial unrest, political upsets and social offenses. And yet – […]

A Short Review for A Long Voyage

A Short Review for A Long Voyage

The Long Voyage of the Little Fleet (Family Law 2 by Mackey Chandler) is a fine story. Family Law set the stage; a non-traditional family with an exploring background. The Long Voyage takes it further (pun intended) by expanding on the actual GOAL of the characters. Gordon and Lee are believable characters doing believable tasks […]

You Lose!

Dear CHORFS, SJW’s and SMOF’s: You poor sods. You’ve already lost. When you rail at those who oppose you, then cut them off so they can’t respond to your accusations — Lose. When you feed the same talking points to your pet news media, and they all faithfully spew the same lies they didn’t bother […]

A Proposal: New Awards

Doug Irvin/Contributor There’s been a lot of hate spewing about on the subject of the Hugo Award. While it seems as though it is mainly emanating from one side, there has been reaction – more or less justified – from the other. To recap the situation: A small group – comprising some fen (plural of […]

I’ve Got Faith

There’s been a lot of contentious words scattered about what the REAL Meaning of Star Trek is, with one side admiring the technical achievements the series has spawned in society (cell phones? super computers?) and another side decrying the mechanistic thinking which misses the real, SOCIAL value of the series. Utter dreck. Star Trek, all […]

Competition Among Writers

For years I’ve been told that the writing game is highly competitive. I mean, there are only so many readers out there, scattered between a number of genres, so if you want to either break into the game or gain attention with a new book, you have to do one better than the next guy. […]