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The Post-Attribution Era

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On May 7, 2019
In this 2007 book, Halting State, Charles Stross describes a near future in which the internet makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for ordinary people to properly attribute communications and events. Warning: this post contains mild spoilers. In this 2007 book, Halting State, Charles Stross describes a near future (2018, to be precise) in […]

Cuban Sci-Fi

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On September 20, 2014

I dislike science fiction as a genre. While there are a couple of science fiction films I do like, they are not of the norm of the genre (Solaris, La Jetée) and I simply don’t have time for rea

Hoth Revisited

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In Robert Farley
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On February 13, 2013
Danger Room has convened a symposium re-evaluating Imperial strategy and military performance at the Battle of Hoth. My own contribution was simply a translation (with the assistance of former Patterson School student Patrick Davey) of the evaluation of Captain Giage Gentis, professor of military history at the Imperial Naval Academy, and author of several books […]

In Space, No One Can Hear the Internationale

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On September 15, 2009
For some reason, I find this enormously fascinating: Lenin told the British science fiction writer H.G. Wells, who interviewed him in the Kremlin in 1920, that if life were discovered on other planets, revolutionary violence would no longer be necessary: “Human ideas—he told Wells—are based on the scale of the planet we live in. They […]

I have some musings on the latest US-Russia spat at the Guardian:CIF. While doing a bit of “research” for the piece, I read the wiki entry on A Taste of Armageddon, the Star Trek episode w

The New Star Trek…

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On March 29, 2009

I’m trying to reserve judgment, but there’s a fundamental conflict that I just can’t get around with regards to the latest Star Trek. William Shatner’s James T. Kirk is one of

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