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 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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Why SF is where it is?

Jim Cambias and I have similar ideas about the state of sf, although we come at it from different perspectives. You can find Jim’s blogs about this here and here. My blog with the corresponding information on Amazing Stories can be found here. What I’m talking about is the point of Jim’s blogs, where it’s […]

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The Story behind the Cover

When we were reading submissions for Fantasy for the Throne, I (Tom) found the format catching. I therefore wrote the story below and sent it along to the publisher, who showed it to te artist, who then… You saw the result on the opening screen!   A Dragon in Waiting Dragons are hard to find. […]

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