The Problem with “The Three-Body Problem”

From a recent review of Cixin Liu’s Nebula Award-nominated and Hugo Award-winning “The Three-Body Problem” on Big Think: “Why We Should Really Stop Trying to Contact Aliens” by Robby Berman Cixin’s writing is beyond smart — it’s brilliant — and it’s science fiction of the best kind, with mind-boggling ideas and perceptions, and characters you care about. His concept of the dark forest, though presented … Continue reading The Problem with “The Three-Body Problem”

The Strange Uniformity of Madness

After coming across some references to Posadism, I recently got sucked into the art and philosophy of the ectocultures (my term). I don’t mean the Occupy movement or Anonymous, but the real deviants, people who either were (or maybe should have been) institutionalized. There is almost no coherent categorization, except that they’re all highly conspiratorial, anti-rational, and often invoke alien or demonic powers (or both). … Continue reading The Strange Uniformity of Madness

Kick Ass Moms

There’s a scene in just about every old sheriff-vs-outlaw Western where the hero has to leave his wife and child — usually the town schoolmarm, respectable and nurturing, and a son, the next generation hero who must learn a valuable lesson from his father’s sacrifice — to go face certain death in the performance of his duty, the pacification of the American West as an … Continue reading Kick Ass Moms

Daniel Swensen is the Lord of Alien Cancer

I issued a challenge. Write an evil limerick or lyrics to a rock opera about a family suffering a HOME INVASION by ALIEN CANCER. Several answered the call. Each stood up and sang. Thank you to Sarah Lantz, Marcy Luikart, and Rob Pearson.  I wish I were wealthy enough to reward you all. Daniel Swensen, author of the incendiary short Burn (now available for free) and … Continue reading Daniel Swensen is the Lord of Alien Cancer