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NEW ANTHOLOGY IN THE WORKS!

Ian Randal Strock’s Fantastic Books has contracted with James D. Macdonald, Judith K. Dial, and Tom Easton for an anthology of 40 Horror stories under 2,000 words (minimum: 500 words) to be called: HORROR FOR THE THRONE ONE-SITTING READS We will open for submissions on August 8, 2019. Submissions will close September 15, 2019. The […]

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JUST A-LOOKING FOR A HOME

Tom Easton Recent news has been depressing. A break-all-records heat wave in Europe. A drought in India that has people saying forty percent of the country’s population may have no access to drinking water by 2030, and parts of India may get too hot for humans to live there.[1] There’s some hype in that. The […]

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WHY THE ONE PERCENT?

Tom Easton One of the significant trends in recent history has been the increase in the shift of society’s wealth into fewer and fewer hands, those of the “one percent,” who currently own 45 percent of the world’s wealth. This is, in a way, just an extension of the past. People have always sought to […]

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THE CASSANDRA CODE

Tom Easton In a recent Facebook thread, I was opining on the recent report that “Climate change could pose ‘existential threat’ by 2050” (Global warming could devastate civilization by 2050: report), saying that this really underlines what some people are saying–we have ten years to get our asses in gear. Maybe less than that. But […]

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The Hutchamadungles

When I was a kid, back in the 1950s, my father would tell Hutchamadungle stories to try to keep three small boys in the backseat quiet on long car rides. Many of those rides were to visit relatives in that part of Pennsylvania where Pennsylvania Dutch names were on every other mailbox, business, and street […]

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Frontiers of Wonder

Twenty years ago Serendipity Systems published my collection FRONTIERS OF WONDER for the Rocket ebook reader. Both company and reader are long gone, so I decided it was time to do a second edition, just $.99 for the Kindle: Frontiers of WonderCollection of essays, stories, and poetry relating to science and…

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THE GULLIBILITY GERM

Tom Easton The new strain of fact-resistant humans, first reported in the New Yorker in 2015 (https://www.newyorker.com/…/scientists-earth-endangered-by-…), is actually an infection by Wohlbachia credulensis, according to my story “The Nature of the Problem,” in Alternative Truths III: Endgame, just out from B Cubed Press (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Alternative-Truths-III-Endgame). Wohlbachia is a type of bacterium known to interfere with […]

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The Editorial Process

Tom Easton Back in the 1980s, I wrote a computer program that would choose—at random—one of several sentence templates constructed with blanks rather like the sentences in the Mad Libs game. It would then fill in the blanks with nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs chosen—again at random—from user-supplied word lists. I called it a brainstorming […]

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The Creative Process

Tom Easton “The self-interest of mankind calls for a general effort to foster the invention of life. And that effort can be guided intelligently only by insight into the nature of the creative process.” —Brewster Ghiselin, ed., The Creative Process  (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1952) Back in the 1980s, I wrote a computer program […]

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Grandpa Did It. Why Can’t I?

Tom Easton One of the classic objections to environmental regulations is that they interfere with the rights of a landowner. A person or a corporation resents being told that they cannot dump sewage or industrial waste into a river or lake or smoke into the air. “After all,” they say, “we always used to be […]

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