The Future of Cars

The Future of Cars In the 70s and early 80’s in my family we grew up with a giant v8 Vista Cruiser with sky windows, a third back seat, and wood panel exterior. From groceries to soccer practice, from cross-country road trips, the whole family fit into it. But as soon as the tv show…

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“Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo” – the Aeneid

The future is uncertain, but if history is a guide then we artists, authors, and musicians must push new creativity into the world, increasing our ideas and their diversity. It’s funny in the context of science fiction and future-thinking to look back at Virgil’s epic poetry. But he has a lot to say about how…

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Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever the Graphic Novel

Time-travel in science fiction allows writers to play out multiple narratives and endings, with large doses of fantasy. Star Trek is no exception to this, in fact the number of possible wacky time paradoxes in Star Trek is so staggering that we might not be able to ever establish which Star Trek world we are…

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What Will the Future Think of Us?

Book Review:  The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway (Columbia University Press, 2014) What will future historians say about us and our time? We face many potential disasters, from the possible effects of Climate Change, to an epidemic, war, communications failures, or just dumb technology planning. Oreskes…

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The American Evil of Say One Thing Do Another

The U.S. Senate’s report about the use and abuse of torture by the CIA shows how in the worst of times and at our most evil, we Americans can be a say-one-thing-do-another people. Not that this is exactly new… we’ve all had the chance to track these specific wrongdoings for many years, longer depending on…

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Americans Are Peaceful, Non-Violent People and Black Lives Matter

Two cops were assassinated by a man who later killed himself, Saturday, in New York City (link: AP report). As if casting a seductive spell, the killer invoked the recent deaths of unarmed black men like Michael Brown and Eric Garner, stoking controversy. Within hours, both the Michael Brown and the Eric Garner families put out…

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We Have Super-powers. We Are All Authors.

We Have Superpowers. We are authors. Not too long ago at a party another somebody asked me whether really I’m an artist or a writer. This is getting kind of old. People ask me that a lot. But people want to know. They’ve got to have a neat way to categorize each and every one…

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Advice for Creativity from Mark Twain

And actually, it’s not just for creativity. It might well be good advice for everyone at any job, adventure, project or activity: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. When you are seeking to…

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Science Fiction, Brown and Creating Understanding

What is This World? Do we live in a militarized police state, where cops get special treatment and everyone else is a suspect in a crime? Sometimes it seems we do, and for many Americans, the story of the death of Michael Brown is an all-too familiar tale of police violence versus a sham judicial…

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Book thoughts: National Security and Double Government

National Security and Double Government, Michael J. Glennon, Oxford Univ Press 2015 What Kinds of Government Will Exist 20, 30, or 100 Years from Now? Democracy is gaining ground, but I bet what might be called “flexible-network-technocracy” is the longer-lasting trend. I started reading Michael Glennon’s new book, National Security and Double Government , as part of…

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