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Certain private conversations…

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I still remember reading David Perlmutter’s first submission to the Pulp Corner. (Note—there is another David Perlmutter—a nutritionist—publishing books. His are science books, not science fiction. Just so there’s no confusion…) I was struck by his story’s inventiveness—using (and re-making) … Continue reading

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“Oceana” by Barbara Morris

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How do you encourage someone to head out to a new world—one where the first settlement had already been devastated by an earthquake? And on the other side—what would keep you on that colony planet once you’ve lost everything? Those … Continue reading

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Trilogy, Prequel, Genre

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Are the Star Wars prequels really that bad? Or rather, do people feel that they’re bad because their expectations weren’t met? Specifically—what if the prequels were, in a way, a different genre than the original trilogy? What if you thought … Continue reading

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Not Sweating the Small Star Trek Stuff

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So I have seen the question come up—on IO9 for example—about the J. J. Abrams Star Trek re-boot why certain details—like personal appearance, starship design, etc., are different. Which is to say—why are things that developed before the appearance of … Continue reading

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Evolving to Develop Culture: A Delicate Balance

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How likely are alien civilizations? That’s the question at the heart of the Drake equation. And while I agree with most of the assumptions that Astrobiologists and others make, there’s one—evolutionary question—which I think they haven’t thought through completely. I … Continue reading

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Child Stars and Time Off

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I read an article in the New York Times recently about the film Spring Breakers, and about how this film is an attempt on the parts of Selena Gomez and Vanesa Hudgens to shed their Disney images. There was then … Continue reading

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Featured Stories at PulpCorner.com

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So, as one of the points of this blog is to interlink with the PulpCorner.com site and the stories we publish there, I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about some of what we’re publishing there. Always popular, and a Pulp … Continue reading

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The 2000-Year-Old Art of Page Design

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So, this guy, Jani Patokallio, asserts that people will want to read books rendered in regular HTML in a browser. Which is to say, he is dissing ePub as a format. He also dismisses DRM (I agree) and paid content (I … Continue reading

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English Flexibility

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English is my favorite language. I think it might be the best language. And I’m not saying that “jingoistically” or “patriotically”, and I’m not saying that only because it’s my native language and the only one I use fluently. I … Continue reading

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Obama and the Long Game

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I think Barack Obama must be a chess player. I think he must play chess because he is very good at playing the long game—at setting pieces and gambits in motion that play out years later—beyond the time horizons of … Continue reading

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