Category: They Knew their Jobs

Solar System Quilt

Solar System Quilt

This is my creative inspiration for the morning – a Solar System Quilt created by Ellen Harding Baker in 1876.    According to various web sources – teacher, Ellen Harding Baker of Cedar County, Iowa, created this embroidered quilt in 1876 as a visual aid for her community astronomy lectures. It’s now part of the […]

Sunday Evening Etymology Astounding interior illustration by Edd Cartier

Sunday Evening Etymology

The term used to be “unhuman.” Now, it’s “inhuman.” I’m not sure exactly when it changed, certainly by the 1970’s. The etymology leads me to believe that in earlier decades some writers followed the trail from the old French word “humain” and so unhuman is correct. At a later time we accepted that human is […]

Report from the Field — Nanocon Mk. V March 24, 2018 Nano Sara2

Report from the Field — Nanocon Mk. V March 24, 2018

Today, I attended my first science fiction convention as a book seller. It was a super experience. But before we get to that, let’s recap. Landscape of Darkness: A Novelette of the Space Patrol has been in print since January 15th, 2018. Since then it has been featured on the Rodney’s Saga Blog and had […]

“Conspiracy Theory” in 1930’s Science Fiction The Great Illusion illustration1b

“Conspiracy Theory” in 1930’s Science Fiction

UPDATE: When you’re dealing with long defunct magazines and house names of writers it can be difficult to determine who wrote what. Will Garth was one of the pseudonyms used by Henry Kuttner, it was also a house name used by the Thrilling group of pulp magazines: Thrilling Wonder Stories, Startling Stories,  Strange Stories, and […]

Landscape of Darkness is here! Landscape of Darkness book

Landscape of Darkness is here!

I’m delighted to announce the release of my illustrated novelette, “Landscape of Darkness.” It’s light reading, a space opera to curl up with coverlet and a cup of tea on a cold Winter evening. The physical book launched as a soft-cover through Amazon today, January 15, 2018. It will also be out as an eBook […]

My top three science fiction doctors

I’ve been a professional (alternative) healer for several decades. Here are a couple of people I wouldn’t mind trusting my life to: Calhoun (Med Ship, Doctor to the Stars, Pariah Planet, and others by Murray Leinster) Snake (Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre) Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Star Trek) Who’s bedside manner impresses you? Save Please follow […]

Written words, how wonderful you are

In this era of words everyone has to be a writer. A writer, really? Yeah. We all have to learn to write. In fact, you have to be able to write to communicate online. (Well, you can make videos, but you probably would have to write down your thoughts for those, too.) So, writing is […]

Book Review: The Best of Edmond Hamilton

If you’re a science fiction fan, especially with a taste for older works, you’ll enjoy reading Edmond Hamilton (1904 – 1977). I got my feet wet with his “Captain Future” stories, followed by the “Star Kings” and “Starwolf” series. If you’re new to Hamilton’s works this “best of” collection is a good place to start. […]

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