Author Archives: Michael Spence

A “Racial” Observation

Just a thought: Assuming that dark skin is a function of melanin content, either microevolution (here, resulting the separation of a species into various cross-fertile subgroups) includes a “use it or lose it” clause or when “birds of a feather … Continue reading

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My Country, ’Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of 50,000V

Dawn’s Early Light: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel. By Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. New York: Ace Books, 2014. apoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin . . . Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott . . . John Steed and Emma … Continue reading

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The wondrous WEATHER CHILD will soon be born!

while back, in a discussion about magic, I referred to Philippa Ballantine’s marvelous New Zealand novel Weather Child, in which magic is done by a team of a human and a symbiont called a seraphim who dwells within the human … Continue reading

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Signpost: Facing disaster

WHEN FACING CATASTROPHE DON’T ASK, “WHY?” INSTEAD ASK YOURSELF: “WHAT SHALL I DO NEXT?” IN ANSWERING THAT YOU’LL ALSO ANSWER THE “WHY” “Burma-Shave.”

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Gooooood morning, 2013!

[Note: For full effect, imagine the above proclaimed by Robin Williams at his most boisterous. Thank you.] o answer those of you who observed that 2012 has been absent from these [pages], we offer the following explanation: Many things actually … Continue reading

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“Truth in the Inward Parts” comes out — and it’s free for three days

y which I mean Lisa Waters’ and my story “Truth in the Inward Parts”1 in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress XXVI, just released by Norilana Books and available in print and for Kindle. It’s the latest story in our … Continue reading

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The way to win

Since the time of Rimon Farris, atrocities have been committed upon us to keep us from attaining our goals. To the roll of martyrs, the name of Feleho, who of his own free will became Ambrov to Zeor, is added. … Continue reading

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Lovecraft got this one mostly right

If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. With such an honest and inflexible … Continue reading

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Signpost: The Gospel According to Matthew

THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHERS’KINGDOM OF GOD (Yes, the apostrophe is deliberately placed.)

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If you’re at Balticon 44, come say hello!

For years I’ve wanted to attend Balticon, a convention held Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore, Maryland, and reputed to have the best New Media track of all current conventions (thanks to the hard work of Paul A. Fischer and his … Continue reading

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