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Amoeba’s Lorica: Vox Populi, Vox Dei

The spending caps at the center of the debt limit agreement target federal programs such as education, scientific research …   – News item In the late afternoon of an early summer’s day in eastern Massachusetts, Chuck, aged 14, wandered along … 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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