Author Archives: dan

The Hospital

I came home from the hospital today. They admitted me on the 31st with crippling abdominal cramps and in an emergency surgery on the 1st they removed a 7cm growth from my large intestine (along with 15cm of intestine). The … Continue reading

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Gritty Captain Planet

A couple of weeks ago, the superlative Tex Thompson said three words to me, and those three words changed my life: Gritty Captain Planet. The sun sets, embracing the big sky of North Dakota. Clouds pile up impossibly high, blue and pink and … Continue reading

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Baby talks! (10 months) 2

I just came out of a grueling four-day weekend where the weather was bad, my wife and I were sick, and we spent almost the whole time locked up in our apartment with our children. I AM going to talk … Continue reading

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The Woodlords in their Carriages

Hypothesis: If Thomas Piketty  is right and growth is the major force standing in the way of the tendency of wealth to concentrate, and if innovation is the major factor (or even just a major factor) in growth, a post-innovation economy … Continue reading

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Author recommendations

I’ve been bad about talking about books lately. Also, uh, I don’t know what to read next. So here are my favorite authors. Maybe you’ll recommend me yours? Here are the authors I’ve discovered in the past couple of years: … Continue reading

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Shrinking

Does anyone remember the Tom Swift book about shrinking? Navigating a lawn at a height of 2cm, dodging insects and insect-sized robots. Or Danny Dunn and the Smallifying Machine? With the flying on butterflies and tossing around globes of ultra-viscous water? Delightful. … Continue reading

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You can never go home again

So it seems like Lovecraft is big these days. Is that just me? Also, what the heck has been going on the US? I’ve only been living abroad for eight years, but it seems like a completely different culture there … Continue reading

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Cold ghosts

The hardest part of fighting ghosts is you have to do it cool. Ghosts eat heat, so any energy you pour into your weapons systems only makes them stronger. That’s why we need to capture them, of course, but it … Continue reading

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Grind their bones for Phlebotinum!

The Timur changed everything. The ship limped to Leo station under tug power. Its engines were dead. So was half the crew. So was its shaman. Which was impossible. A ship without a shaman could not pass through hyperspace. The … Continue reading

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Tyrannosaur Queen review on Altered Instinct

Brent A Harris is a stand-up guy. Not only did he (and Ricardo Victoria and Leo McBride) accept my story “The Devout Atheist” for their Tales from the Universe anthology, he took it upon himself to read Groom of the … Continue reading

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