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“We Hit Back” Featured in Abyss & Apex

I’m very excited to announced that my first published story of 2017, “We Hit Back“, now appears in the sixty-first issue of Abyss & Apex. “We Hit Back” was inspired by a thought experiment about the implications of creating and building … Continue reading

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“Hill of Souls” Published in Outposts of Beyond

My short story “Hill of Souls” is now in the current issue of Outposts of Beyond. It takes place during the Siege of Port Arthur, a bloody land battle in the Russo-Japanese War that lasted from August 1904 to January 1905. It is … Continue reading

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Iran: Going through the Motions

The United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany agreed today to face-to-face talks with Iran regarding its nuclear program. While I am confident the talks will lead to nothing, they are a necessary component of the United States’ coercive … Continue reading

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9/11 in Numbers (Part III): How Have Things Changed?

Since 9/11, the government and most individuals are in weaker financial health, government has aggressively expanded, and the United States appears to be in a weaker position as a global superpower. That said, the United States still remains unmatched militarily, and … Continue reading

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President Obama’s Jobs Speech: Marxism Redux?

Scapegoating one group of people to convince the rest to follow your self-destructive policies blindly into oblivion is the way of demagogues. President Obama’s speech tonight teetered dangerously on the edge of this technique. I was hoping the President would … 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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Rebuke of Republican Rejection of Renewables Not Far Off the Mark

Today, the New York Times published a Room for Debate series of columns on “Can the U.S. Compete With China on Green Tech?”. I wanted to focus in particular on David Roberts’ column, “Understanding the Objective“, which decries the Republican … Continue reading

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