Sunday, April 30, 2023

Highbrow Advice from Carl Sagan


“If we are not able to ask skeptical questions to interrogate those who tell us something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then we’re up for grabs for the next charlatan political or religious leader who comes ambling along.”

                                                 - Carl Sagan

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Emanations 10 Call for Submissions

International Authors and the editors of Emanations are happy to announce a Call for Submissions

Emanations 10 (Zehn, Zen)
Please Click HERE

Monday, April 24, 2023

Michael Butterworth Nominated

Michael Butterworth has been nominated for 'Best SF Poet' for the Laureate Awards for his Complete Poems 1965-2020 in the current edition of NF3 (National Fantasy Fan Federation).

Please click the cover image to view the Amazon description:

Saturday, April 22, 2023

"The growing power of technology over society and the individual"

Professor Hodges has announced the publication of the Invisible Tower Trilogy.  Please click HERE to the view his brief remarks.  HERE to view the Amazon page for the trilogy.

Professor Hodges' new book Extra Pound: The Limericks will be out soon.  Watch this space.

Horace Jeffery Hodges

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Linguistic Facts vs. Concrete Verifiable Facts

Here the tenor of musical patterns is a fact, but where is this fact concrete? How is it verifiable?

Rudolf Bauer – Great Fugue, 1929

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Boron Fuel

Please click HERE for a brief overview.

Please click HERE for an article from Nature.

Or skip the subject entirely and click HERE to view a description of the Invisible Tower Trilogy.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Space Age Nostalgia in Search of a Clever Remark

Dovima posing with an Atlas-Able rocket at Cape Canaveral, 1959. Photo by Richard Avedon


Friday, April 7, 2023

The Art of Literary Description: Samuel Sanders reviews Tally-Ho, Cornelius!

From 2013,  Samuel Sanders' Amazon review of Tally-Ho, Cornelius!

The Multiverse Finds Its Hero

Kids, this is not your average garden variety Jerry Cornelius story. In fact, I would go as far as to postulate that Carter Kaplan has penned the definitive Jerry Cornelius Origin Story.

The entire story revolves around the vainglorious Reverend Dr. Jeremiah Cornelius and his, at first glance, perfect life. All the supporting actors are here: Catherine, Francis, Oona. A revolutionary minister known for conciliating science and religion, the postmodern divine enjoys a celebrity status. He meets a strange and eloquent little boy claiming to be from Brazil.

Little does the postmodern divine know that Capricorn is in fact an immortal Lost Corsair in a last ditch attempt to save his corsairs from the singularity at the beginning of Time! The Lost Corsairs wait for their captain in their unfamiliar identities and struggle to cope in the laws of physics defying universe.

The majority of the book is like a gentle stream. You follow the postmodern divine on his daily doings. The longest chapter is a step by step tour guide from St John's to the Museum of Natural History, then another detailed guide of the reverend and the boy's wanderings inside the museum. Satirical, philosophical, nonsensical, this novel springs forth some heady subjects, including a scientific definition of Moorcock's Second Ether and what it really is.

It all comes to head in a most interesting way. You end up not liking the pompous postmodern divine very much while you can't help but be impressed by him, but at the end of it all, you start feeling very sorry for him because the perfection he finds in himself and hopes to find reflected in others fails him. And you go away from it unsure about how you feel about it all, but want to brush up with another roundabout.

Kaplan pens his first novel with an unique and addictive style which keeps one enthralled despite the majority of it being composed of primarily mundane activities. If you are looking for something not run of the mill, or are just a big Jerry Cornelius fan like myself, this book is for you.

Read on!

Here is the Amazon description:

Jerry Cornelius comes back to life as a most improbable Anglican theologian in this lively tale of love, God's will and the New World Order. Set against the pulsing background of New York City rebuilding at the dawn of our young and uncertain century, this happy and charming novel bubbles over with the myths and ambitions that feed the hallucinating classes as they chase their aspirations. Jerry Cornelius is our affliction and our respite. Michael Moorcock writes, "Rev. Dr. Jerry Cornelius remains an enigmatic and at the same time wholly transparent figure amongst modern media brands, at once instantly recognizable and invisible."

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

Space Weather

Monitoring space weather can be as diverting (recreational, educational) as keeping up with atmospheric weather.  Here are two useful sites:

Space Weather Prediction Center (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration)

SpaceWeather.Com  (And scroll to the bottom of this page for additional links to space weather data and image sources.)

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Highbrow Consciousness

Draws a distinction between intelligent and intellectual.

Recognizes unexamined thinking leads to credulous understanding and discontent.

Examines grammar (language) for conceptual confusion and philosophical credulity.

Considers the universe as "artifice," with empirical and skeptical qualifications.

Accepts there are things that we do not know, do not understand, nor can explain; and operates effectively with (and within) this "locus of philosophical lacunae" in our understanding.

Makes sport of middlebrow affectation and conceit; for purposes of method and recreation.

Recognizes play as both method and recreation ( i.e. healthy).

Believes in truth.

Remains open to contemplation, new ideas, new evidence, and sound instruction.

Exodus 34:30