I was in the attic-space of a friend of mine, on the Fourth of July, where he had set up a work nest of neatly organized tools, drawers of electrical components. He pointed out, on the opposite wall, an impressive collection of medals won by his marathon-running wife. Both sides of the room were collapsed […]Read more "Gates and Streams"
Let me give away the punchline to a joke from The Hydrogen Sonata (2012), by Ian M. Banks: The Mistake Not…, a culture ship, embattled with a rogue Gzilt colonel hours before the entire civilization “sublimes” into a multi-dimensional (ineffable, but verifiable) beyond, taps for an instant the potentialities of hyperspace in order to teleport […]Read more "Sun Gate Serials: Yes, And…"
There is a creek-bed running into the river, filled with fossils. Bivalves and plant stems, shells and weird brachiating ferns. “I could make a table,” I told my brother, “where you have pictures of all these, with the estimated age, type, location…” We were sitting by a fireplace, itself made out of fossil-infused limestone. I […]Read more "Mongol Empires, Mongrel Swarms [3 of 3]"