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Thursday, August 4, 2016

An Exciting Science Fiction Tale

Escape to Phobos by Kim Van Kramer is a good old-fashioned science fiction tale, full of adventure and hair-breadth escapes in the quest for the human future in deep space. Van Kramer's heroes are genetic scientists struggling to create new food sources for a starving human race at the apocalyptic start of the twenty-second century, an all-too-plausible scenario of runaway climate change and social collapse that is finally hitting America along with the rest of the world. Protagonist Lirren Lamaar is passionately devoted to this work and to her autistic-spectrum son Logan, a teenager who is already a brilliant scientist in his own right. But Lirren's boyfriend Xanders Pierson (and how many science fiction heroes are single mothers with special-needs children, even in this day and age?) believes the only hope for the human race lies in the new colonies on Mars, and is determined to bring Lirren and Logan there, with their invaluable life-giving research, to forge a new future. But first they must escape greedy and violent enemies who are determined to steal their scientific secrets...

Monday, July 25, 2016

End Times in America?

"There was a cabaret, and there was a master of ceremonies... and there was a city called Berlin, in a country called Germany...and it was the end of the world." ― Joe Masteroff, Cabaret: The Illustrated Book and Lyrics
The late Elie Wiesel once observed that while we have a right to ask where God was during the Holocaust, we have a responsibility to ask where Man was. America in 2016 is turning into an eerie parallel of Germany in 1932. Where do you stand on the ranting racist demagogue with the 21st century version of the "leader principle," who promises to deport millions of people, openly use torture, and change the laws so he can persecute his critics? That this is even a question, let alone that polls show this maniac now taking a lead in public opinion, shows that American society is far, far sicker than any of us thought. We must change course, before it is too late!

Friday, July 8, 2016

One Nation, Indivisible

Before the awful crime in Dallas turns into another round of finger-pointing and division in this country, let's everyone remember that the police were there to PROTECT a PEACEFUL protest by citizens exercising their constitutional rights, and that news reports say that when the cops started taking fire, they PROTECTED civilians, doubtless including protestors (one of whom was shot by the snipers while shielding her son). We are ONE people and ONE society, police and citizens of all colors. Do not allow terrorists to divide us!!!