Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

The 25th Century — A Doom Scenario

Note: California City was laid out in 1958 by real estate developer and sociology professor Nat Mendelsohn on 80,000 acres of Mojave Desert land. It was never completed, but has one landowners’ resort, one PGA golf course, one prison (the California … Continue reading

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Pulitzer Prize: Indecision, Waffling Second to None

Joseph Pulitzer is shown here in a pensive mood. In the background is the Medallic Art Co. medal that is awarded to winners of the Pulitzer Prize. What would Joseph Pulitzer think of the indecision on the part of the … Continue reading

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Haruki Murakami—1Q84, Two Moons Over Tokyo

1Q84 is a love story set in Tokyo in 1984. The “Q” in the title is a pun on the Japanese letter for “9”, which sounds like the English “Q”. “1984”, of course, is a reference to the George Orwell … Continue reading

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Allende’s Tale of El Dorado, A Lost City In The Venezuelan Rain Forest

Deep in the Venezuelan rain forest: imagine yourself standing at the base of Angel Falls. You are wrapped in fog and can only imagine the top where the water cascades over the lip of the high mesa thousands of feet … Continue reading

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A Chamber of Secrets

Turing’s Delirium is a fictional take on the inner workings of a South American government as a former dictator, now president, prepares the country for elections. The president must suppress the revelation of illegal activities of members of his cabinet … Continue reading

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Historian, Inquisitor Cyber Chat

The historian Teresa fidgets at her computer terminal hoping that Inquisitor will connect to the chat room, but her cyber chat friend remains offline and unavailable. It has been several weeks and the historian is distraught by the waiting, but she … Continue reading

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The Edges of Cyberspace

Novels about writer’s block always interest me and Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2 is no exception. The cover is interesting to look at and challenging to understand, and the book is a good read after a few tedious early pages. I … Continue reading

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