Voting Sometimes Feels Futile.

Voting sometimes feels futile, doesn’t it? Yeah, it does, but we can’t let that make ourselves complacent. Yesterday was primary election day here in Arizona, and that ballot included some important local races, as well as statewide and national candidates. Among those up for reelection is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe… Continue reading

Frankly, I’m Embarrassed to be Your Colleague

To my fellow science fiction and fantasy writers. Merriam-Webster online defines professionalism as follows: “the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well” The science fiction and fantasy genre is woefully lacking in such. Reposted from my Facebook… Continue reading

The Great Science Fiction Civil War Part 6 (In Which I Express My Frustration)

The Great Science Fiction Civil War, Part 6 In Which I Express My Frustration While the conflict in SFF has been going on for a few years, since the beginning of the Battle of the Hugos, things have become particularly nasty. All the while, I have tried to remain neutral…. Continue reading

The Great Science Fiction Civil War – Part 5 (The Death Threats)

The Great Science Fiction Civil War – Part 5 The Death threats I didn’t plan to post about this today. What happened is this: I jumped onto Facebook and saw a link to this blog post by Mary Robinette Kowal, who interrupted her vacation from the internet in celebration of… Continue reading

The Great Science Fiction Civil War, Part 3

The Great Science Fiction Civil War Rages On Here we go again. This morning, I logged into Facebook to see if I had a response from my physician/writer friend pertaining to the previous post on a new Arizona law. There was no response, but I did find a new salvo… Continue reading

Arizona Attempts to Legislate Chemistry

Government Can’t Pass Physical Laws Last night, Arizona governor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that severely restricts the permissibility for abortions in the state of Arizona to be paid under any ACA (Obamacare) insurance plan. But, that isn’t what I’m posting about. As in many controvertial issues, both… Continue reading

Politics Trumps Science

Politics Trumps Science There has been a lot of climate change news with the recent issue of yet another climate change report underscoring the dangers of anthropogenic climate change due mainly to release of CO2 into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels. Short-sighted politicians swayed by even shorter-sighted… Continue reading

Here We Go Again – SB 1062 / HB 2153

Here we go again. The Arizona Legislature, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to pass a “religious freedom” bill making legal discrimination against doing business with anyone who doesn’t comply with a person’s religion. This was in response to a lawsuit filed in New Mexico over a wedding photographer who… Continue reading

Thursday Thoughts – Disappointment in my Country

This is a post I’ve been mulling over for a long time, and I hesitated to write it for a number of reasons. Looks like it has turned into a core dump. It is motivated by the blowup in SFWA over a number of articles and the cover of an… Continue reading