The Battle of Marathon

The last enemy vessel detonated, washing the Alliance forces in hard radiation. Fragments of metal pinged off the hull of the corvette Athena. “Incoming transmission, Captain. It’s the Admiral,” the communications officer reported. Captain Sardis nodded, and the an image of the Admiral appeared before him, standing by the rail over the control pit. “Well […]

Too Hot to Handle

I got to work with someone extremely frustrating last week. So infuriating I thought I might be forced to murder them. Unfortunately that kind of behaviour is frowned on were I work. Instead, I decided I would just kill them in effigy, in fiction. And you know what? It really helped. Instead of wanting to […]

Voight-Kampf Tests for Fun and Profit

I’m a little obsessed with artificial intelligence. So much of the media I consumed as a kid had some kind of android or AI. Daneel Olivia from Asimov’s Robot novels. The Terminator from, well, Terminator. Star Trek’s Data. System Shock’s SHODAN. Hell, even the Transformers cartoons. I thought they were all amazing.

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Eventually, everything falls down. Every wall, every chimney and every roof. It takes energy just to maintain the status quo. Entropy eats away at everything, no matter how perfectly constructed or engineered. Even a people with far greater technology than our own would be hard-pressed to create something large and complex that would last hundreds […]

The Return of Two-Score Tenpence

The D&D campaign my friend’s been preparing has finally begun! I’ve been taking copious notes and, obviously, trying to steer our band of merry adventurers toward ever more bizarre antics. I’ll have something ready to post tomorrow, and it should be a good one. Two-Score, it turns out, is not the best fighter. He is […]

Toward the World Tree

Here’s another scene from my as-yet-unnamed short story. For reasons I can’t explain, I seem to only write this on time stolen from work but this thing seems to be writing itself, so who am I to argue. I don’t know for sure where I’m going yet, but it seems pretty cool so far. We’ll […]