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Another new Valancourt Books edition of a classic John Blackburn book has been released, and it includes another masterful* introduction by me! This time, the book is John Blackburn’s 1977 novel The Cyclops Goblet.
John Blackburn (1923-1993) was a prolific author of books containing a unique blend of thriller, science fiction and horror, producing some 25 novels over the course of his career (I talk about a number of them on this blog). His work was also extremely…
I think the main problem in discussions between theists and atheists is the assumption that static categories like “the Divine,” the “supernatural,” the “natural,” and the “material” exist other than as our dualistic semantic projections upon the whole of reality … Continue reading →…More →
While I was at ScienceOnline 2014 last week, I received some great news: the 2013 edition of “The Open Laboratory,” an anthology of the “best science writing online,” was published! It is available as an e-book from The Creativist, and it includes my blog post on “The Barkhausen Effect” as one of the entries!
It really is a great collection, and I feel proud to have made it in once again, especially in light of the company I keep there, which…
A Thousand Worms Merge Into a Living Tower:
What’s creepier than a worm rearing up on its tail to snag a passing insect? A thousand worms uniting into a single living, writhing, waving tower to snag a passing insect.
Yeah, I don’t think I need to say any more about this here. Go read Ed Yong’s excellent post.
Recently, the school of Business Administration of U.N.C. reported on replies to questionnaires sent 73 leading business and industrial leaders. Here is one reply:
“We believe every graduate should possess a familiarity with other fields such as arts, science, and humanities, which will help him embark upon his career with a sense of humility and a capacity for understanding and growth.”
Mary Rebecca Denny, Charlotte Collegian, 11 October 1960, p. 3
A monster was born in the Chernobyl disaster. Lurking in the depths of the reactor ruins, the monster is one of the most dangerous things in the world. In the immediate aftermath of the meltdown, to spend a few minutes in its presence would bring certain death. Even today, it radiates heat and death, though its power has weakened. Nevertheless, it may break free of its prison and cause unspeakable horror yet again.
This monster, which is reminiscent of the Medusa of…