Escape (Not the Piña Colada Song): musings on escapist fiction and people who don’t like the taste of chocolate

For me, science fiction—as a fiction genre—is speculative fiction about the possible. By comparison, fantasy—which is science fiction’s close cousin—is speculative fiction about the impossible. A proverbial fine line exists between the two genres, a line which often gets crossed. So often, in fact, that we see both genres lumped together under the SFF banner, […]

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Super Bowl 2021: Who Cares?

Tonight, the Kansas City Chiefs are playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, in Tampa, Florida, at 6:30 pm Eastern Time (which is 5:30 pm here in central Arkansas). I plan to watch it, even though I shouldn’t care about the outcome. With the pandemic, I’ve found it difficult to get interested in […]

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The Top Keeps Spinning (Or: How Do I Get There, You Liar?!?: a brief diversion about philosophy and logic and the importance of morning routines)

Most days, when I wake up, I know what I’m going to do. I’m usually wrong, of course, because—well, you know, life intervenes. But, during the pandemic, each day became pretty much like the one which preceded it. Here’s my usual routine. I wake up when the sunlight pouring through my west-facing bedroom windows becomes […]

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Post #800: One Million Words

You’re not going to believe this. Not only is this my 800th post here, but somewhere in the body of this article, I will have self-published my one-millionth word on WordPress. I was fifty-one or fifty-eight words away from the million before I began typing. Here is fifty-one, if that was it. Here is fifty-eight, […]

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