TOPPING THE STAR CHARTS

In 1977, a recording of “Liu Shui” (流水; Stream), as performed by Guan, was chosen to be included in the Voyager Golden Record, a gold-plated LP recording containing music from around the world, which was sent into outer space by NASA on the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft. It is the longest excerpt included on the disc (lasting seven minutes and […]

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POOR REFLECTION

POOR REFLECTION   If we find life a few light-years from here, and it turns out that that life’s multi-celled and that it is intelligent, I fear they’ll still be dumb, and hope will be dispelled. What if they’re even stupider than us – some ancient culture that never evolved – no bronze age, their […]

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PONDEROUS PUNDIT

PONDEROUS PUNDIT   In the future, there’s a scientist who arrives at what is ultimately true, but, since the only way to share his view is to bore his listeners through and through with lectures that lull to literal sleep before he completes his explanations, the concepts he conveys will have to keep, since he […]

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First Appearance

FIRST APPEARANCE In memoriam Robert Sheckley reflected in glass a commonplace human, startling at first he’d fit in, he knew Earth’s sentient forms blinded by expectations   Trying to gropple in this restricted body, settled for a grin. I was very happy to have this tribute to one of my favorite writers and all time […]

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