I Think It’s Gonna Be a Long, Long Time

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Congratulations to NASA for a perfect first test flight of America’s new Orion spacecraft! It’s exciting to get back on the road to space, especially since the end of the shuttle program.

However, I can’t help but lament how short of a distance we’ve come, and how much more slowly we’re getting there. It was on May 25, 1961, that president John F. Kennedy addressed the Congress and outlined the goal, before the decade was out, of landing a man on ...

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Danger Zone

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As the parent of a tennis-playing youngster, I spent Saturday doing what I do a lot of weekends–accompanying my son Christian to his latest tournament.  This time it was the Clearwater Top Gun Level 6 (boys 10s).  One of the advantages to living in the Sunshine State is that there is always a tournament around the corner, and the level of competition is–well, if the name “Top Gun” doesn’t give it away, let’s just say that it’s rather ...

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Lucky 13

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I find it pretty interesting that yesterday’s special election in my hometown District 13 has grabbed so many headlines.  Usually when an event in Florida makes national news, it involves hanging chads, hurricanes, or somebody getting shot–not an electoral contest in which everything went smoothly.  For those of you who don’t hail from here, the election was to succeed longtime Pinellas County congressman Bill Young, who passed away last October after serving more than 40 years in office.  Newcomer David ...

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Dead Reckoning

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I was perusing the pages of Variety today whilst sitting at Spago sipping on my half-caf skinny mocha fair trade latte, and came across this interesting tidbit on the surprising level of success enjoyed by, of all shows, that zombie chompfest The Walking Dead:

Just in case anyone doubted “The Walking Dead” could continue the ratings surge its fourth season experienced last year, the staggering numbersAMC posted Sunday night should put any skepticism to rest. ...

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Tweetle Dumb

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It seems as if MSNBC didn’t think it had courted enough controversy lately, what with Melissa Harris-Perry’s Sesame Street riff on Mitt Romney’s adopted grandson and Piers Morgan’s airing of his excretory fantasies vis-a-vis Sarah Palin.  No, the network that professes to “lean forward” had to keep the party going with a tweet from one of its erstwhile staffers, bringing racial politics into, of all things, a cute Cheerios commercial slated to run during the Superbowl:

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Hammernetics

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Most authors dream of writing a book that changes people’s lives. Even yours truly has entertained the thought every now and then–although it never crossed my mind that a sci-fi action thriller like HAMMERJACK would be that book. Hell, I just counted myself as lucky when I got some good reviews. But reader Bertie W. from the UK informs me otherwise:

Your book got me into trouble, by the way, with my girlfriend. I found it while I ...

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