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May.20.2012
First Page of Mater Amabilis in Carpe Articulum
"But when people sit next to Charlotte at a dinner party, they do two things that are not enlightening. They 1) respond to her appearance; and, 2) ask the wrong questions. The most grievous of these is “Do you have any children?” People think they have a right to ask that. They really do. Is this...
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May.20.2012
Among the many questions burning in the fires of September 11th are those that relate not to our enemies or to our collective grief, but to ourselves as individuals, as American cells upon which the survival of body rests. What has happened to us has receded in the face of how we react and respond...
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May.16.2012
"The idea for this book can be traced to an incident that took place in my undergraduate astronomy class at university many years ago. The lecturer began with the Big Bang, a theory to which, despite extensive examination, I have never quite warmed. His opening statement to us was that ‘before...
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May.09.2012
The Red Room's Victoria Johnson asks the question, "If you could talk to your 16 year old self, what would you say?"  My answer launches the series on her website: "If I could talk to my sixteen year old self, I’d be silent. I’m not disposed to dispensing advice. And she isn’t disposed to...
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May.02.2012
Dear Felicity, I don’t think I am particularly harsh. On the contrary, I feel a great and benevolent responsibility toward you. I want you to do well. And you don’t need me to bolster your self-esteem ― this is nonsense. All you have to do to get the ‘emotional support’ you say (but do not mean)...
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May.02.2012
Indisputably the most popular original series episode, The City on the Edge of Forever written by Harlan Ellison, is a poignant tribute to the heroic ideal. It is a classic tragedy. Captain Kirk must allow, even facilitate, the death of the woman he loves (Edith Keeler), in order to retrieve the...
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May.02.2012
Written for Paramount Pictures and Skybox: Episode Summaries A gentle, intriguing, sensitive alien, called simply,  "the Traveller"  comes aboard the Enterprise to assist in an engine test. Suddenly, something goes awry. The ship is somewhere where no human has ever been before - a...
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Apr.29.2012
CRITICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE BENDITHION CHRONICLES ( For more, please see: http://bit.ly/IMlskl ) Religious literature is characterised by parables, exempla, midrashim,[1] folk tales and fables – all fictions, created to reveal perceived truths. Those who wish to perpetuate these ‘truths...
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Apr.26.2012
The Firmament Passes Away
An excerpt from a letter to my lost and beautiful friend who once sent me a little card (titled, 'The Firmament Passes Away") in the midst of a long hard writing summer of seclusion):   "This is the third email in the trilogy that seems to be a pattern in my response to your communications, -...
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Apr.21.2012
Episode description copy, written for Paramount Studios by Harrison Solow (under a different name): "A familiar face, captured in its final days both as a species and as an individual, the Salt Monster, also known as the Salt Vampire, is the last of its kind. Haunting, lonely and fatal, the doomed...
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Apr.14.2012
Books By My Bed: The permanent and impermanent collection.* "On the shelves of a small glowing bookshelf made of yew, brought back from Wales and quite near my bed, are the books don’t normally talk about. I read books for so many reasons, that this conglomerate wouldn’t make much sense to anyone...
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Apr.12.2012
"But 'human' is a second language to me," he wrote. "I don't speak it well, or if I do, certainly not like a native. And sometimes when you talk to me and tell me your dreams and anticipations - and how you imagine, expect, believe and dream things will be, I just don't understand. I really have no...
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Apr.10.2012
One of the things in which I am most interested or rather (by force of nature v circumstance) in which I am compelled to be interested, is the relationship between humans and non-humans. These include the relationships of aliens, inanimates, forces, imaginary beings, angels, robots and ideas to...
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Mar.31.2012
10 Questions with Writer Harrison Solow I was recently interviewed by Ryan Schneider in an interesting format. Ryan interviews myriad writers of all kinds and asks them all the same ten questions. This reminded me of one of the most fascinating books I've read: One Book Five Ways in which designers...
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Mar.28.2012
Excerpt from a Speech about The Space Industry and Science Fiction, which I originally wrote for a Star Trek celebrity*, and then adapted for myself when I began speaking on behalf of the space industry: ___________ "But what about those who say that our space program is a luxury - that what we...
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