On Freedom of Speech and Silence

In two weeks, my first novel arrives. It takes place in a future without free speech — where speech literally costs money — where every word has a dollar value and people can only speak as much as they can afford. Rather than pay, the protagonist, Speth, exercises the only power and autonomy left to…

TSA screening

Book Covers for the TSA

The TSA recently began, and now claims to have ended, a program to screen books pulled from carry on bags. On the TSA website, under an article titled “Let’s Close the Book on Book Screening Rumors” the TSA goes on to confirm the rumors and then asks us to just forget about it. It is…

Complaints to the FCC

The FCC does not exist to censor broadcasts. I am very glad that is the case. They do, however, take complaints from consumers and, if they have merit, they investigate and have the power to levy fines or, in theory, revoke broadcast licenses. At present, they are “investigating” complaints about Stephen Colbert jokes about the…

The Big Squeeze

I am so baffled by Juicero™ I don’t entirely know how to articulate it. I guess I could start by explaining what Juicero™ is: Juicero™ is a $700 $400 machine that squeezes expensive, proprietary bags of juice-mash (purchased via an expensive and, frankly, wasteful subscription) into a juice glass that I don’t think Juicero™ provides.…

But the Humans…

When I was twelve I imagined a future full of sleek spaceships, visits to beautiful alien worlds, and endless wonders. A peaceful, verdant, healthy Earth was not a concern for me. I presumed it simply would be. We couldn’t get to that other great stuff I was anxious to see if we had to worry…

Choose your own Adventure – To fear or not to fear

I walked last night to a 24 hour pharmacy to pick up Tamiflu™ and “lots of fluids.” Good times, for sure. I brought a backpack to fill with Gatorade, by special request of my wife. As I walked to the 24 hour pharmacy, footsteps were approaching me from behind, gaining on me. I tightened my…

Timeless Appreciation

Way back in October, in simpler times, I wrote that I was excited for Timeless because because of this snippet in the trailer from Malcolm Barrett: “I’m Black. There is literally no place in American history that’ll be awesome for me.” I went on to say I was disappointed in the show, and that line…

Timeless Nonsense

I’m always primed for any show about time-travel, and Timeless grabbed me before its premiere because of this snippet in the trailer from Malcolm Barrett: “I’m Black. There is literally no place in American history that’ll be awesome for me.” It reads as funny and tragic and, if you think about it, he may be…

The Startling Probabilities of Finding Life in our Galaxy

I would dearly love to believe we live in a universe teaming with intelligent life. But I have found my optimism and pragmatism have clashed in a way that has left me feeling a little lonely and misled. Through this wonderful tool posted by the BBC I have been able to play with the famous…

Everything already wrong with Star Trek 2017

Star Trek is, and always has been, a fan’s baby. CBS knows this, but they also know that even though the fans love it and care for it, CBS and Paramount have joint legal custody. Like a terrible, petty ex, they intend to use that custody to manipulate those who love it most, locking a…