2016 is not the Year of the Reaper

I know everyone is shaking their fists at 2016. And I know it’s normal colloquial language to anthropomorphize things. Biologists do it with genes all the time, for example, talking about how information coded in molecular chains “wants” things. Only the pedants among us — those who start with the assumption that everyone is less intelligent than them, when in fact the reverse is true … Continue reading 2016 is not the Year of the Reaper

This Week I Used Magic

I didn’t think I was going to make many edits to Bonewhite, the third course of my occult mystery, but as I got into it, I realized how dismally it progresses. The mystery itself is fine — rather clever actually — but how the story brings you there is woefully inadequate. So I’m performing surgery on this one as well. Interestingly, I read through the … Continue reading This Week I Used Magic

First taste of Bright Black

Here is the first bite of an opening scene, which follows directly after the events of the last two. The only real spoiler is that the narrators from the first four courses of the book return in the last, which is narrated by the beautiful Milan, the chef’s enigmatic familiar. Cover image by Esao Andrews “Could he really smell emotions?” Doctor Everett had walked up next … Continue reading First taste of Bright Black

The Case Against Dark Matter

The Case Against Dark Matter: A proposed theory of gravity does away with dark matter, even as new astrophysical findings challenge the need for galaxies full of the invisible mystery particles.| Quanta Magazine Once upon a time, we attributed fire to a mysterious substance called phlogiston — literally, Greek for “that which burns” — because we couldn’t explain how otherwise inert matter, like wood, could … Continue reading The Case Against Dark Matter