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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book Review  Traditional adventure of good vs. evil By MARK LARDAS Preview […]

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There are a very few books I can truly say brought tears to my eyes. Though I am something of a sentimentalist, I’ve rarely been moved by a book to such a degree; I can probably count the number of books that have done this on one hand. Sometimes the reason a book might do […]

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I know someone has covered this, but I can’t figure out how to search through the archives, so could someone list a few of the scandals of Obama’s scandal-free presidency?   Also, is there any legitimate reason his presidency could actually be considered scandal-free? Preview Open

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I’ve been talking about the anthology my wife and I are doing for a while now. I’m happy to say that the anthology is now complete, and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.  Now, while I’d love for everybody in the world to buy a copy, I’m not here to hawk books. (But […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book Review ‘The Dragon Hammer’ a new, entertaining fantasy saga Posted: Saturday, July […]

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Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith is a professional paying speculative fiction anthology of stories which engage with Christianity. It brings together twenty writers, both newcomers and established authors, including two Nebula nominees, in stories running the gamut from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror. We avoided preachy stories, instead looking for fiction […]

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Brandon Sanderson is one of the most successful fantasy authors alive. He’s known for designing complex and engaging fantasy worlds and crafting elegant and interesting schemes of magic. This is not about that kind of magic. This weekend I attended Odyssey Con in Madison WI with Ricochet members Randy Weivoda and Matt Balzer. Mr. Sanderson […]

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How Far Back Can I Throw You?

 

TTunnelTime Tunnel was a cheesy Irwin Allen science fiction show about a government project to facilitate time travel that ran for one season on ABC in the late 1960’s,* starring James Darren, Robert Colbert, and former Miss America Lee Meriwether. There was a lot of historical inaccuracies in episodes set in the past and a lot of people wrapped up in aluminum foil for shows set in the future. Of course, our protagonists seemed to be able to function highly anywhere and in any time.

If, by mechanical means or the power of angels, how far back into the past do you think you could be thrown back and still survive? Could you hunt for food and build shelter in the 1850’s? Would your children even know how to operate a phone in the 1940’s? Could you find work or would you create it? Good Lord, what would you do without the Internet!?

Send me back far enough and I could pass as a doctor, my 21st Century layman’s knowledge would surpass that of many professionals in the 19th. Put me at the dawn of network radio and I could become the stuff legends are made of.

Can America Be The World’s Maine Game Warden?

 

maine-game-wardens-find-missing-childrenRecently, one of my esteemed fellow Ricophiles said the following: “Our armed forces should be the most efficient in the world at killing people and breaking things.”

Though I probably wouldn’t use such hair-raising terms, I agree. Sometimes, the only thing that can make a very bad situation marginally better is a whole lot of lethal force, energetically applied.

However, the reality is that our armed forces are already being used for other things … namely, humanitarian response in the aftermath of natural disasters. We should have our troops do more of this, more deliberately, and with a whole lot more fanfare.

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Ladies and Gentlemen,  The big news of 2016 is here. After a brutal 2-week championship game, the Ricochet Fantasy Football League Championship was won by the Frank Road Raptors, beating out my Lazy Millenials thanks to exceptional play by Cam Newton, among others. I offer my despondent congratulations to the Frank Road Raptors, who finished […]

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I’ve discussed Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith, the anthology my wife and I are editing and publishing, on Ricochet before (here and here and here). We’re nearing the end of our submissions period, so I thought I’d discuss some of what’s going on with us. There’s a week left until submissions close on December 25th, […]

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Wherein the furor over Sad Puppies inspires an anthology I’ve mentioned the anthology my wife and I are doing before. It’s called Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith, and it’s an anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories that meaningfully engage with Christianity. I’ve thought about posting a straightforward call for submissions here […]

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My wife and I have started an anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories entitled Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith. We are currently open to submissions and accepting stories. Since we are science fiction and fantasy authors ourselves, we’re familiar with the usual places to let speculative fiction writers know about markets–ralan.com, Duotrope, […]

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The Rise of Cosplay and Escapism from America’s New Normal Economy

 

My recent The Week column, “Why the rise of cosplay is a bad sign for the U.S. economy,” may be the most read piece I’ve written strictly for the Internet.

It may also be the most misunderstood. Based on the comments and tweets I’ve received, the most common misunderstanding is that I was arguing that the increase in “costume playing” — primarily based on Japanese anime and manga, as well as similar American media — is somehow responsible for the anemic economic recovery. (Lots of comments by cosplayers about how the money they spend on costumes actually helps the economy or how some even turn their hobby into a small business.)

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Some Ricochet members have expressed interest in astronomy and others in games, so I thought y’all might be interested in this brief interview concerning the environmental art of the upcoming game Destiny. The story takes an old sci-fi trope about alien technology miraculously accelerating humanity’s capacity for space travel and planetary settlement. Bungie’s artists, hoping […]

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