The universe is not only strange but stranger than we can imagine
  • Will we be able to stop this when we see it coming?

  • Hello? Anybody out there?

  • Is this inevitable?

  • The Wolfe Files, Volumes 1 and 2
    Now available on Amazon.

  • Is this where consciousness abides -- or is it somewhere other?

  • Will we have the skill and the wisdom to take this next vital step?

Recent fiction-related posts

  • Breaking Point
    Breaking Point
    Epigraph, Chapter Three, Project Maldon Economics says the more of something there is, the cheaper it is. Thus air (until recently) was free, while diamonds commanded a high price. The same principle applies to human life. With twelve billion people...
  • The AI known as "Helen"
    The AI known as “Helen”
    Epigraph, Chapter Two, Project Maldon Of all the enigmas of the enigmatic Skellig Michael Institute, by far the most mysterious is the artificial intelligence being known simply as Helen. By the Turing test, she is definitely intelligent — her conversation is...
  • Fiction
    Fiction
    “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” ― Albert Camus...

Recent blog posts

  • Evolutionary inheritance, part 1
    Evolutionary inheritance, part 1
    Millions of years of evolution have adapted us for a world very different from the one we are living in today.  (Oh snap!) The first humans evolved, so the experts tell us, in riverine, savannah or forest environments. They lived in small  groups of 20 to 50 […]...
  • Psst San Francisco -- they'll be back...
    Psst San Francisco — they’ll be back…
    The San Francisco SPCA made headlines recently by deploying a security robot dubbed K9 to patrol the area around its campus. The intent was to discourage homeless people from setting up tent cities there and thus reduce the littering, car break-ins and crime associated with such encampments. […]...
  • Ask not for whom the robot drums...
    Ask not for whom the robot drums…
    Another sign of the impending robotization of the workforce. From  Japan (a long-time leader in robotics) comes a robotic Shinto “priest” to conduct low-cost funerals. The robot, recently on display at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, conducts a ritually correct service for the dead, beating drums and reciting […]...

Recent posts on writing

  • But is it poetry? Part 2
    But is it poetry? Part 2
    `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves   Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves,   And the mome raths outgrabe. Well, it rhymes and scans, but what does this excerpt from Jabberwocky (a poem by Lewis Carroll)...
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  • But is it poetry? Part 1
    But is it poetry? Part 1
    “Stephanie was drawn to poetry when she discovered the first rule of poetry: there are no rules!” I received this gem of insight via email recently from an on-line poetry site. Of course, such sites are more about generating clicks...
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  • About writing...
    About writing…
    Thoughts, laments and insights (precious, dubious or otherwise) about writing. The craft, the joys and frustrations, the seamy commercial aspects. How  does something we learned to do in Grade One become an art? What makes writing a letter or (God...
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