Category Archives: Science Fiction

How to Kill a Rogue Yard Gnome, Part 3 of 4

Notes: a.)    Part I can be read here. b.)   Part II can be read here. c.)    Sorry, I meant to do this in three installments, but this one was getting long. d.)   For the best reading experience, assume all of the continuity gaffes in … Continue reading

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How to Kill a Rogue Yard Gnome, Part 2

[Part I can be read here.][Note: this story is also being posted on my website Tao of Loafing.] Five nights ago, as the sun sank below the horizon and the glow of vibrant colors faded, we three were visited by a … Continue reading

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How to Kill a Rogue Yard Gnome, Part I

[NOTE: This was also posted on my Tao of Loafing site.] Five nights ago, coming home at days end, nosing my car into the drive, I startled. Where my headlights should have roamed over a patch of bare grass, instead … Continue reading

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NASA Finds Poetry of Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings

The poetry of Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England was thought to have been completely lost when the Earth was demolished to make way for an interstellar expressway. However, a scrap was found adrift in space. Scientists believe the sheer awfulness of the poem may have made it impervious to incineration, which is to say that the rays of the Vogon demolition beams refused to land upon the piece. Continue reading

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Space Wanderer

sliding through space as silent as a tomb cramped and confined as a mother’s womb no fun and festivities grace a space ark sailing in search of a planetary park holograms and hallucinations are my companions as i dream of mountains, … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Sins of Speculative Fiction Writers: [and Other Prognosticators]

Yesterday I was reading a Foreign Policy (FP) magazine Special Issue on the Future, and I have been reading and writing a bit of science fiction lately. This made me think about where prognosticators fall down in making predictions about … Continue reading

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It’s 2011 Already, Come On!: Where’s My Ray Gun?

H.G. Wells foresaw the bomb. Never prouder was a mom. Sci-fi gets it so rarely right, says I, sans boots that take to flight. Year 2001 saw no HAL, just Tamagotchis to be your pal. Yes, computers at chess could … Continue reading

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Witching Hour in the ER

It was three o’clock in the morning and I was sitting slumped in a vinyl-upholstered chair in the waiting room of an ER. At the risk of offending, let me say that it was, for the most part, a dim … Continue reading

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