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A foot soldier in God's army? Call me Private Idaho.

Today is 30 years to the day since a sentence was handed down in my trial on terrorism-related charges in Canada. If you're curious how things turned out, you have a few options: Purchase a signed copy of my memoir...  read
I've been writing science fiction for a very long time. Why did this have to be my most accurate prediction?

I've been writing science fiction for a very long time. Why did this have to be my most accurate prediction?

The Electoral College convenes today in state capitols across the country to stamp its imprimatur on our recent, horrifying election. This antiquated, anti-democratic convocation was much on my mind two weeks ago when I returned to Chicago to appear at...  read

Accidental Terrorist meets Noted Expert Michael Ian Black

It was a magical moment. That's how Barry put it, and who am I to disagree? Barry Goldblatt is my friend and literary agent. He also happens to be literary agent to actor/​comedian/​author Michael Ian Black, with whom you may...  read
Why I relate so much to Tyler Glenn's “Trash” video

Why I relate so much to Tyler Glenn's “Trash” video

Watching Tyler Glenn's video for his new solo single, "Trash," the anger is palpable and inescapable. But it also brims with pain and grief. "Trash" exploded across the online Mormon world last week, causing the faithful to recoil and apostates...  read

Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do

This morning we wake up to a world without David Bowie. It seems impossible that he's gone. If anyone on Earth seemed otherworldly enough to transform himself into something eternal and transcendent, it was Bowie. But even he tried to...  read

Ella un-a-cyst-ed

I've been so focused on my book for the past year or more that I can't even remember the last time I posted an Ella update here to the blog. I find that unconscionable, so I'm here to remedy that....  read

Grand Motherfucker (an epic sci-fi poem)

This poem debuted live at Tuesday Funk #48 in Chicago on September 4, 2012, the same day it was written. I've submitted it to a few editors since then, but since they (probably sensibly) turned it down, my birthday present...  read

We shout at the chatroom!

Let me tell you about the night I hung out with Mötley Crüe. Okay, to be honest, it was only half of Mötley Crüe, and it's not like we were out clubbing it up with groupies and blow. But we...  read

Ella and the invisible hounds of hell

Ella the Wonder Dog saves the day again, this time warning the Invisible Hounds of Hell away from Astoria before they can instantiate a doorway into our dimension. ...  read

Ella and the yeti of frantic doghousing

Oh, what fun it is to play around with the slideshow-making capacities of QuickTime Pro and the music-compressing capacities of Adobe Audition! Not to mention what fun it is to play with the dog. ...  read
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