Science Fiction author, Active SFWA Member
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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…

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…

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…

Tony Peak

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