Friday, December 15, 2017

social engineering

A human population approaching 8 billion can be maintained only if wild habitat is given over to human cultivation and habitation, if rain forests can be turned into green deserts, if genetic engineering enables ever higher yields to be extorted ...

Change, or die: that’s the stark choice most protagonists face in literature, whether they recognize it or not.  Change is constant, and stasis is only an illusion.  What is true of people is also true of civilizations.  Cultures evolve, or ...

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the author’s master’s thesis. It has been edited for style and length. To read the full work, go here. At the beginning of “The Thing on the Doorstep,” Daniel Upton, the story’s ...

I’m a brat and proud of it. Now before you start scratching your head and wondering what I mean by that, let me explain. I am an Army Brat – a child of a military officer who was dragged up ...

When the Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard stepped out onto the street across from the British Museum on September 12, 1933, he had an epiphany.  He realized how to create an atomic bomb.  What he had to look for was an ...

Stanley Kubrick is fucking with you. He’s done it more than once. He may be dead, but he’s doing it all the same. He’s taught a whole generation of us how to make you do things without you knowing about ...