Monthly Archives: February 2023

Amoeba’s Lorica: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

With apologies to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. I saw it today at the checkstand, The very last pint of heavy cream. It was in another’s bag; I asked the lady, Is there backroom stock, or is that just a … Continue reading

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AI: The Hero of the Hour

A work of fiction in the alternative-history mode. Alexander Fleming sat, or, rather, sprawled, on a chair in the second-floor room of his country cottage, the white face under its silver hair a talisman of misery. “The Dhoon” was on … Continue reading

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Starship Train: Mission Unbearable

Boobyprize Event Log, Stardate 3F753.7. Captain Richard Kirkland is in his quarters, slumped in a chair. He has posted a “Do Not Disturb” connectivity beacon. There is a subtle, old-fashioned knock at the door. Kirkland raises his head; the caller … Continue reading

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