New Novel Coming

Last year I wrote a series of pieces centered on a fellow who found a bottle on the seashore, rubbed it, and had a djinn on his hands. A djinn who liked gin, so together they founded the Djinn Mill, a 6-room building with 500 residence suites (a djinn has to be a master of […]

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Go Ahead–Laugh!

Not long ago, researchers reported that pigs and mice—and presumably humans—could absorb oxygen through the membranes lining their rectums (https://scitechdaily.com/no-joke-pigs-and-rodents-can-breathe-through-their-butts/). The key was a liquid (perfluorocarbon) that can hold large amounts of dissolved oxygen. It is supplied to the rectum via enema. Perfluorocarbons have been under development for years as synthetic blood substitutes (https://www.phlbi.org/divisions/blood-disorders/artificial-blood/). They […]

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Stranger than Fiction

Back in February 2016, Judith K. Dial and I published Conspiracy! (NESFA Press) (https://www.nesfa.org/book/conspiracy/). Thanks to the nature of publishing, the book had been in the works for a couple of years, which means that despite the publication date, we missed the boat. The Trump boat, that is. The explosion of conspiracy theories about the […]

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Horror for the Throne

Horror for the Throne: One-Sitting Reads is due to be launched into the world on July 15. Some time before that it should be available for preorder. At that point, I (Tom) will start posting on Facebook and Twitter the following thirteen attempts to get the attention of potential buyers. One per day. I invite […]

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The Simulation vs. Murphy

The more I think about the simulation hypothesis, the less likely I think it is. Sure, it’s cool as can be to think that our distant descendants might create a gigantic computer simulation to replay their past, meaning us. There are even reasons why they might want to do it–ancestor worship, the study of history, […]

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Fighting Infections with mRNA

Messenger RNA (mRNA) has proved its mettle. The media are already hinting that it could be useful for more things than Covid-19 vaccines (https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/01/health/mrna-vaccines-covid-future/index.html). They aren’t saying any more than that, perhaps because companies such as Pfizer or Moderna are holding their cards close to their vests. But we can make some educated guesses. It […]

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Electronic Tattoos?

Years ago, I wrote a story about electronic tattoos that could be programmed and even hacked. “Hacking the Skin Trade” (see below) never sold, perhaps because it was just too unbelievable. But now the gizmo is coming to a tooshop near you! https://gizmodo.com/scientists-have-invented-light-up-oled-tattoos-1846379012 Go figure! HACKING THE SKIN TRADE “Give me that, you little bastard!” […]

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Who Wants a Lie-Detector App?

In A. E. Van Vogt’s The World of Null-A (1945), every room featured a wall-mounted device that would, when queried, say whether someone was lying. That sounds rather like a nifty add-on for Alexa, doesn’t it? But… Wall-mounted? Or table-sitting? When we have smart-phones loaded with apps to do all sorts of things? Why not […]

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Want Fries with Those Celebrity Nuggets?

My latest book– Destinies: Issues to Shape Our Future—came out in July 2020 from B Cubed Press. In it, I discussed (among other things) the prospects for lab-grown meat.  The idea goes back to 1912, when Alexis Carrel started “tissue cultures” using heart cells from a chick. The cultures lasted until 1946 (https://embryo.asu.edu/pages/alexis-carrels-immortal-chick-heart-tissue-cultures-1912-1946). It was […]

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