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The so-called ‘end of the world’ scenario has been a robust subgenre of science fiction, fantasy, and horror for decades. Post-apocalyptic stories are a reflection of how we fear our civilization might end, whether it was nuclear war in the 1950s, or a global pandemic in the era of COVID-19…


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Billionaires traveling into space. It’s like something from a B-quality science fiction film, or a James Bond movie. Yet it’s no joke. With the success of Virgin Galactic’s VSS Imagine, taking the company’s owner, Richard Branson, into space, as well as Blue Origin’s New Shephard taking that company’s owner, Jeff…


“It’s the climate, stupid.”

That’s the overall impression I was left with, after disagreeing with someone about the importance of space exploration. I had an unfortunate round with this person on social media a short time ago, over whether or not humans should continue with space exploration since climate change…


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I remember, growing up in the 80s, I’d check out books from my school library about various conspiracies and cryptids: Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, UFOs, ancient astronauts, ghosts, Atlantis. Some of my favorite Choose Your Own Adventure books featured such things as their main story element. These seemed like…


A society’s values can be ascertained through its art. The beliefs of its citizenry, the ideals it wishes to teach its children and leave as a reminder for future generations. Art is self-expression and mirror, question and answer. Statues are an important part of that.

They are not history.

One…


art by Kalina Vova

Wow, watch that rocket go! I can feel the air hitting me from the thrust, just like you said it would. It keeps on going, up and up and up…wait, all I can see is the thin white exhaust trail now. Are they in space yet? I hope their suits…


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As I walked my dog Mia last night I gazed up at the Moon for several minutes. Our tidally-locked satellite has never ceased to fascinate me, even though our species has visited it numerous times, called those visitations into question with childish conspiracy theories, and now plans to return, this…


I should have been prepared for the conspiracy theories, wanna-be militia protests, arrogant demands on service workers, and flagrant disregard for the safety of others by not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic — but I wasn’t. I should have known that the spoiled, entitled…


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The COVID-19 outbreak has ushered shut-ins across the world as well as social distancing, layoffs, and all the uncertainty associated with those things. …


Over the last couple of years, I have been seeking out books from my childhood that made an impression on me. Books that I don’t currently own, and haven’t read since grade school. There is more than nostalgia at work here, or a science fiction writer’s version of a mid-life…

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