On Gibbs’ Law

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 16:12 | Category : Uncategorized
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A Bitter Poem for our Times

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 18:55 | Category : Uncategorized
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I wrote this poem back in Bill Clinton’s second administration, and it seems relevant now. It’s in my collection PARADISE, David Robert Books. Go Down for the President Go down, go down, all you little men, Know how the women ignore you; The President has come to town, His sacrament is upon their tongues. Go […]

Introducing Annemarie Estor

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 12:21 | Category : Uncategorized
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  (“The Lamb” by Annemarie Estor)       Ride the End The end is coming, the end is coming, snorting in the rain, with great friends and grinning fire-hooks with a gallop on hollow ground, with the snot of the aeons! With colossal fellows With spatters of goo high up on their groins with […]

Your Money or Your Life

Monday, 10 July 2017, 23:06 | Category : Uncategorized
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As a true believer in the efficacy and beneficial effects of markets, I am obliged to say what I think a market is. Is a mother giving suck to her baby a market? One could make arguments that pleasure is being traded on both sides, and that the mother, as with mothers of all species, […]

Fact and its Enemies

Monday, 10 July 2017, 20:43 | Category : Uncategorized
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It is becoming obvious: a large part of our population has been persuaded that all of our systems for establishing facts are tainted, biased, and/or mendacious. This skepticism extends not only to the findings of natural science, but to those of journalism, law, history, medicine, agriculture, and economics. This is an era of “alternative facts,” […]

Books I do not want to read (the curmudgeon I become on alternate Thursdays)

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 10:45 | Category : Uncategorized
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Stories about dying relatives Divorce stories Self-justifying political/military/legal/business/finance/showbiz memoirs Chattily written biographies Biographies in general Social history Books with big explicit sex scenes Books about Trump Winner stories Loser stories Snide and sophisticated comic novels Fantasy with no coherent fantasy physics, chemistry biology, sociology Books about moving to the Mediterranean, learning how to live from […]

On the Virtues of Brutal Dictators and Trumpist Realpolitik

Sunday, 23 April 2017, 18:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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One of the things that happened to us in the course of our paroxysm of anguish and grief and fury after 9/11 was that we found out that there are worse things than brutal dictators. We had thought we were living in a post-historical world that would be governed by ideals of democracy, pluralism, and […]

An Amazing Review

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 11:47 | Category : Uncategorized
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Those who read Fantasy-Faction, the cutting-edge fantasy discussion blog, will know Dan Hanks’ perceptive and useful reviews. He did me the honor of looking at my new epic SF poem Apocalypse–and here is his review. “Apocalypse is an epic poem about humanity’s struggle against the end of the world. When I was first pointed in […]

A guest blog from my brilliant agent, Sara

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 12:08 | Category : Uncategorized
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Welcome to the Apocalypse! My name is Sara Megibow and I’m the literary agent representing Fred and his amazing epic science fiction poem, APOCALYPSE. Nice to meet you all! Fred emailed me in May 2016 to present APOCALYPSE which he called, “something you’ve never seen before.” He was right! Somewhere on page 1 my jaw […]

Apocalypse Is Here, And It May Be More Fun Than You’d Think

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 12:24 | Category : Uncategorized
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Science fiction is on the verge of becoming the mainstream genre of serious literature, and it needs one more step: the natural connection of SF with the ancient global epic tradition. It’s making this connection that has been my life work. The Odyssey, the Japanese Heike, Beowulf, the Mayan Popol Vuh, the Indian Mahabharata, the African […]