Tag Archives: Speculative Fiction

Taste of Success

Jones sighed contentedly. When they had accidentally been locked into the eco-dome with no supplies, that was bad. That the door couldn’t be opened for two weeks, was worse. The dome being full of predatory dinosaurs was a catastrophe. Yet … Continue reading

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Technobabble Versus Technical Description

Continuing on in the Momus News essays, let us consider the differences between technobabble and technical description. I’ve been a technically-minded person for most of my adult life. I’ve made my living developing databases and refining web-based user interfaces. All … Continue reading

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What Makes an Artificial Intelligence?

In my next book, I wanted to explore how an AI might be developed. As so often happens in science, I thought it might occur by accident.  This is from Book Two of the Springbok Chronicles (untitled). In my previous … Continue reading

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A Timely Distraction

Nanotechnology meds ensured Ben lived until 2050. The divorcee sank all his savings into one time travel trip to provide a timely distraction. *** Ben and Jasmine were preparing to welcome the new year of 1930 when their first fight … Continue reading

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Christmas for Santa

Things were looking grim for Christmas. Santa’s sleigh (actually a Kawanika Ka-393 starship) was breaking down all over. The aptulintian projectors were caked with hablinkat residue, and the intchatachol kazumitors were flexing into the metapuliting fields and causing an arrhythmic … Continue reading

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Pause for the Claus

The view over the Alaskan lake from the snow-covered gazebo was amazing, but not as amazing as the little fellow sitting a few feet from Hal. “I never figured you took breaks,” said Hal. “I take lots of ’em,” said … Continue reading

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Adjustment Period

“Woof!” Butch barked excitedly at the squirrel climbing a huge tree in the pet hospital’s roundabout. “Aw!” said Gloria. “Butch’s artificial eye already feels better.” “A word of warning,” said Doctor Pembroke. “About Butch’s military hardware…” “I told you, don’t … Continue reading

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