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The Other 13: Walter Dinjos

I’m here with Walter Dinjos, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from Anambra State, Nigeria. He very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions: Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background? I am from Nigeria … Continue reading

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The Other 13: Anton Rose

I’m here with Anton Rose, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from Durham, England. He very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions: Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background? I’m from Durham, which is … Continue reading

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The Other 13: Ville Meriläinen

I’m here with Ville Meriläinen, my fellow Writers of the Future writer-winner from Joensuu, Finland. He very graciously volunteered to answer the following questions from his cold country: Tell me about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your background? I am … Continue reading

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The Other 13

In early April, I spent nearly a week and a half in Hollywood with 12 other very talented writer-winners of the Writers of the Future Contest (the 13th writer-winner was unable to attend). Tomorrow, I plan to profile each and every … Continue reading

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A Review of the July / August 2014 Issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

If you’re not one of my regular readers, you’re probably wondering why The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction routed you to a website called “Reflections of a Rational Republican” for a review of its recent July/August 2014 issue. Be … Continue reading

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Battle of the Crater: Fascinating Tale of a Little-Known Battle

Battle of the Crater is Newt Gingrich’s and William R. Forstchen’s fascinating historical  novel about this infamous battle, in which the Union Ninth Corps attempted to end the siege of Petersburg, Virginia (Click here to listen to an excerpt from the audiobook … Continue reading

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Plague Year: Riveting Novel About Nanotechnology Gone Awry

Plague Year is Jeff Carlson’s riveting novel about a nanotech machine plague that breaks out in Northern California, and ultimately kills nearly five billion people. The hook: the machine plague has a hypobaric trigger that renders the plague inert at elevations over 10,000 feet. While I normally do … Continue reading

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Cyber War: Why “Click and Kill” Is the Next Threat to Modern Civilization

Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do about It is Richard A. Clarke’s and Robert A. Knake’s all-encompassing tome on current and future cyber security threats. The authors wrote the book in a clear and concise manner so that anyone … Continue reading

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Twilight in the Desert: Well-Documented Warning on Peak Saudi Oil

Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy is Matthew Simmons’ thoroughly researched and well-documented account of Saudi Arabia’s aging oil fields and what it means for the global economy. In the book, Simmons argues that Saudi … Continue reading

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The Filter Bubble: A Great Book That Exposes an Emerging Trend

“A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.” — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You is Eli Pariser’s fascinating account … Continue reading

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