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Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.

If this had been an actual emergency...

For the past few days, I've thought I might smell just a dash, just a soupçon, just one wafer-thin mint's worth of natural gas in the kitchen. I would sniff, and my wife would tell me I was crazy. It...  read

Fahrenheit 451

A dystopian classic shows us the temperature at which the New York stage catches fire.  read

Kindly inclined reviews

One of these days I will be through obsessively posting about "Inclination," but not yet, not yet. I took a little time out from noveling today (200 pages due to the workshop tonight, and I just might make it!) to...  read

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

A world in which the South won the Civil War looks disturbingly like our own.  read

Headspace

A young chess player learns that smartest kid on the block is a scary thing to be.  read

Heddatron

Live robots rampage through a riff on intelligence, individual rights, and Henrik Ibsen.  read

Frey in hell

Yes, we all seem to be more up in arms today about James Frey and his partially made-up memoir than we are about domestic wiretaps, freedom of information in China, and terrorists taking power in Palestine. And it makes sense...  read

South by southeast

Sorting through piles and piles and piles of old stuff as we packed, I found a poignantly evocative photocopy I thought had been lost to the mists of time. It went back to 1992 or so, when, as you may...  read

Valiant

The fate of WWII England rests in the claws a squadron of misfit homing pigeons.  read

I, Ender, having been born of goodly parents...

Via Paul Melko by way of David Moles, I encountered this morning a fascinating essay by SF writer and scholar John Kessel exploring and repudiating the morality of intention that underpins Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game and attempting to explain...  read
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