When I was a kid I was terrified of the End of the World.

I?ve no doubt that if Seattle or Boston or Manhattan goes up in a bright white flash there will be those who blame it all on Bush. We squandered the world‘sgood will. We threw away the opportunity to atone, and lashed out. Really? You want to see lashing out? Imagine Kabul and Mecca and Baghdad and Tehran on 9/14 crowned with mushroom clouds: that‘slashing out….We could have gone full Roman…

Torill's a doctor!!!!!

–Torill’s a doctor!!!!! (jill/txt) Congratulations, Torill… I’ve enjoyed following Torill’s account of the endgame in her quest for the Ph.D., and it seems only fitting that an online community helps her celebrate it. My own doctoral defense was a rather lonely affair. The only date available was 3-5pm on the Friday after American Thanksgiving. My wife suggested that we all (just the three of us at the time) fly up to…

William Gibson is an Ex Blogger

Time for me to get back to my day job, which means that it’s time for me to stop blogging. — William Gibson –William Gibson is an Ex Blogger (William Gibson) I can’t say that I followed his blog much, but I enjoyed coming across other bloggers’ links to his online work. He invented the term “cyberspace” after all.

Looking Back

Science Fiction seems always to be looking back at something — often at childhood. Standing baffled and dazzled in the imperial spaceport of Trantor, we recall the trip from the shtetl to the City and on the the New World. Dreaming of Electric Sheep, we’re alone in the long city night, our parents gone, and we feel inexplicable attraction for something alien and dangerous and forbidden. –Mark Bernstein –Looking Back (Mark…