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 […]

Creating vs. Translating Poetry

Monday, 8 September 2014, 10:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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Creating poetry is very hard at its source, since it means sinking the arms of one’s rationality deep into the tangled, murky and sometimes stinging slough of one’s dreams and creative imagination, and dragging something out. But once one has put in one’s 10,000 hours of work on poetic form, grammar, logic, and rhetoric, shaping […]

The Epic of Clair

Monday, 1 September 2014, 15:41 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’ve just read an engaging “Young Adult” long poem about a post-apocalyptic Minnesota-St. Paul in which the consequences of a major economic collapse are imaginatively evoked. The scenario is more convincingly devised than the ones seen in the Hunger Games movies and in Divergent, and it makes room for a fascinating variety of characters and […]


Thursday, 7 August 2014, 17:43 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m turning into a sort of connoisseur of lies: the lofty legalistic generalizations of Israeli politicians that skate over the ugly facts of what they are doing, the blatant lies of the terrorists that actually are a kind of boasting, the slick imitations of pious responsible journalism by the toadying Russian press, the amateurish version […]

More on the Wealth Tax

Friday, 27 June 2014, 9:05 | Category : Uncategorized
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A couple of postscripts to the last post, to try to answer the question why it would be such a bad thing for money to lose part of its meaning as naming the difference between the benefits provided to the public by the possessor of the money, and the benefits received by the possessor from […]