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The Wyrd of the Early Earth: Cellular Pre-sense in the Primordial Soup

Sunday, 22 May, 2016

Stand brave, life-liver, bleeding out your days in the river of time. Stand brave: Time moves both ways … —Joanna Newsom, “Time, as a Symptom” The philosopher Alfred Korzybski, who influenced Phil Dick, Frank Herbert, Robert Heinlein, and other science-fictional minds of the mid-20th Century, named “time binding” as a characteristic human activity. He was […]

Two Futures: Giger and Powers

Tuesday, 13 May, 2014

[Reposting this old post in honor of H.R. Giger, who has sadly passed away at age 74.] There are countless artistic visions of the near and far future, obviously, in literature, film, art. Many are realistic. Many are cool. But few have had as much impact on my imagination as that of two painters, whose […]

Mutants, Mystics, and Scientologists (Thoughts on Jeffrey Kripal, Gnosticism, and Sci-Fi Spirituality)

Friday, 4 October, 2013

Call me a slow learner, but it took me until my early forties to realize that some of the best and most inspiring things in life, besides girls, are the things I was obsessed with as a 10-year-old boy (i.e., just before I discovered girls). At 10, I was a typical nerdy 1970s kid, curled […]

The Space Jockey and Our Endosymbiotic Destiny

Wednesday, 12 September, 2012

There is an interesting tradition in science fiction of examining the idea of a symbiosis between the ship and its crew, specifically its pilot. The once-human Spacing Guild navigators in Dune, whose drug-induced trance folds space for the heighliners’ faster-than-light passage, leaps immediately to mind. And there are hints of this idea in Norman Spinrad’s […]

Noooooo!!! — An Open Letter to Ridley Scott

Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

The worst mistake a film (or any work of art) can make is to answer all the questions. “Prequels” are a particular hazard in this respect, because they tend to take away that wonderful feeling of being plunged into a world in medias res and then leaving it still with a few questions. Answering all […]

The Martians’ Horrific Geometry

Tuesday, 28 December, 2010

“He talked of his dreams in a strangely poetic fashion; making me see with terrible vividness the damp Cyclopean city of slimy green stone—whose geometry, he oddly said, was all wrong…” H.P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu” A surprising number of features on Mars show qualities at least somewhat suggestive of having been sculpted not […]