Category Archive: Musings

Jul 05

Seven Things Wrong with “Doc” Smith’s Bergenholm

Triplanetary

The Bergenholm remains a fascinating piece of technology. I intend to write a blog post about the various technologies that have worked their way into science fiction to allow us to reach the distant stars in more than 1000 human lifetimes. There are several of them: hyperspace, subspace, jump ships, warp bubbles, wormholes, even merely …

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Apr 15

The Life, Death, Life (and Death?) of DOMO

I wrote in an earlier post that Dream of Mirror Online (DOMO) was the best MMORPG in the world. That may be true, but let’s qualify that statement a bit and say that it’s the best MMORPG designed for adults. The best for children absolutely has to be Wizard 101. That said, DOMO has been …

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Mar 19

What if We Had Tails?

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world.” — Albert Einstein How shortsighted of you, Dr. Einstein, as imagination encircles the cosmos! Actually, Einstein had more to say about imagination. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” That boosts my ego, because my imagination is over the …

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Dec 20

What is Hard Sci-Fi?

We all know what hard sci-fi is, don’t we?  It’s that … well….  I thought I knew what it was until I visited KindleBoards, which I don’t do nearly as often as I should, and checked in on a thread I’d commented on. Another member had said that he read mostly hard science fiction, biographies, …

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Nov 17

A Tribute to Teachers and Librarians

Get your mind off of whatever it’s on at the moment and pay attention to the people responsible for your having a mind worth anything at all: teachers and librarians. Writing any fiction at all requires knowing something about the setting, local mores, police procedures, the distance from Oslo to Bergen, or whatever else the …

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