• short fiction

    14 Words and One Last Word

    It was a text from Jordon. That’s how he found out about the shooting at the hog plant.   He switched on channel 5, the shithole town’s shitty local news station. But it was just the lady who did high school sports and the city council meetings standing there at the entrance to the plant, repeating all the things they didn’t know, so he went on Twitter. Predictably, it was full of bullshit: people on the #JesusJunction hashtag were saying ten were dead, twenty, it was Muslims, it was the government, the so-called victims were crisis actors. There was already…

  • short fiction

    A Drawbridge into the Meadows

    Calogero watched the coruscations of the morning sun on the deep azure sea and thought of his wife’s eyes. The boat plowed through the water beneath his feet, barely rolling in the gentle current, the deep chug of the diesel…

  • ideas

    Freedom Through Equality

    The “Revolutionary Catechism” of Sergei Gennadiyevich Nechaev and Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin was one of the formative discoveries of my teen years. Here was a vision of an anarchist society that seemed like it would work, with a bare minimum of overhead:…

  • review

    Sunvault: a new solarpunk anthology

    The literary world has been applying the “-punk” suffix to science fiction sub-genres so frequently and for so long that it sometimes verges on self-parody. It all began with cyberpunk, a description of the 80s noir-esque SF of Bruce Sterling,…

  • ideas

    a daring adventure, or nothing

    There seem to be, in the main, two and only two schools of thought about the future: “OMG WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!” and “it’ll be fine, don’t worry about it.” Depending on where you stand politically, you might be at…