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Effugium, Exsilium, Anshar and beyond

Effugium Eccentric tech mogul and cult leader Richard Kryuss has developed a system of storing and transmitting data organically, via trees containing within their DNA the entirety of recorded human knowledge. Could his Terrestrially Regenerative Enhanced Extranet, or T.R.E.E., be a boon to mankind, or will it spell doom for the human race? Exsilium In this eagerly-anticipated followup to last year’s “Effugium: The Time Remaining,” … Continue reading Effugium, Exsilium, Anshar and beyond


It’s not as easy to hate someone when you realize that the object of your derision isn’t a one-note caricature, but a complex, multi-faceted human being just like you. That’s all I was trying to say with yesterday’s posts about empathy. That’s why propaganda during times of war sets out to dehumanize the enemy. It’s harder to pull the trigger when your target is a … Continue reading Smallitics

“Science Fantasy.”

I see this phrase employed often in reference to sci-fi that isn’t very sciencey. Usually Star Wars . Let’s break it down, though: “That’s not science fiction, it’s science fantasy.” Okay, so what you’re saying is that it’s not science-based or scientifically accurate, yet when you call it “science fantasy,” you’ve left the most important word, science, intact, and replaced the word “fiction,” with “fantasy,” … Continue reading “Science Fantasy.”