A With Both Hands Mini-Review The initial Joe Ledger novel stuck out to me in 2009 as an interesting combination of Islamic millennialism and the zombie genre. Fourteen years later, one of the most interesting theories I have come across for why shambling hordes took over popular entertainment in the
I find this satirical blog post by John J. Reilly pretty apt for the mood of our times. If you want a little context of what he was getting at, try this longer story “After the Eighth Day” for how the universal apocalyptic module in the human mind can transform
Tree of Woe: When Orcs were Real A contrarian view of the interaction between humans and Neanderthals. Danny Vendramini in his book Them and Us: How Neanderthal Predation Created Modern Humans makes some extremely speculative claims that Neanderthals were monsters of myth and legend. As the comments make clear, this
“Bit Player:” desecrating the memory of Claude Shannon Scott Locklin has a bit to say about the legacy of Claude Shannon in his characteristically dyspeptic way. I have never ceased to be amazed by the fundamental inventiveness of the 1930s. The transformation of America, and then the world, in the
For more than fifteen hundred years, the Savages were the bane of the galaxy. At first, they were no more than opportunistic raiders, raping and despoiling worlds, and then disappearing into the voids in-between the stars that had made them who they were. But now, the Savages have made common
This is an amazing line: When you see an argument developing a vector as surprising as the vector this argument manifests, you know that it is under the gravitational influence of some ideological dark body. Also: Yes, the US has a "strong constitutional structure." In part, that is because American
Begun, the Savage Wars have. Jason Anspach and Nick Cole take us back to the beginning of the Legion. To those desperate battles that rent the galaxy in twain, yet at the same time also called forth humanity’s greatest heroes. And it is very much humanity versus… something else.