Immortality: Tipler vs Staume

In this final installment of our series on immortality, we will compare the theories of Tipler and Staume. Though both seek to develop a concept of life after death not based on belief or wishfulthinking but grounded in science and physiscs in particular, their respective theories are, however, as complete opposites as is logically possible. As far as I could see, there is no way to merge these two into a single theory of immortality. Continue reading →

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Review of Shadowmarch

I have recently completed reading the Shadowmarch series by US author Tad Williams. This fantasy series consists of four volumes: ShadowmarchShadowplay, Shadowrise and Shadowheart. Continue reading →

Cormoran Strike

As I said in a previous post I have recently read the Cormoran Strike novels by Robert Galbraith. It is pity that those books would not have sold well, if it had not be known that Galbraith is no one but J. K. Rowling herself, as the Strike novels are well-written detective stories. And to be honest I believe these books are far better than the Harry Potter series. Continue reading →

The Detective’s Dilemma

I have recently read the Cormoran Strike novels by “Robert Galbraith” (who is actually J. K. Rowling) and I will discuss those books in more detail soon. However, in this writing I want to discuss what I would call the detective’s dilemma, something which came up when reading The Cuckoo’s Calling. Continue reading →

Windhaven

Windhaven by George R. R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle is described on Wikipedia as a “science fiction and fantasy” novel. This triggers me, really. As one might know, I endorse a strong demarcation between both genres of speculative fiction. Only almost everyone has his or her own definitions of science fiction and fantasy, and as always with definitions, discussions on this topic cannot be settled in a definite way. Continue reading →

Immortality: Staume’s version

For part one, see here

In this second installment of my series on immortality, I will discuss David Staume’s book The Atheist Afterlife. Like Frank Tipler Staume seeks to develop a concept of the afterlife that is consistent with modern physics and both authors deliberate avoid a particular religious start point of their analysis. Nevertheless Staume’s theory on immortality is quite different Tipler’s. Continue reading →

Some announcements

There will be a view changes on this site. First of all, from now on stories* will be published only in the weekend (according to CET). Secondly fiction will be published once or twice a month. Reviews articles and general musings (“contemplation”) might be published at any time I see fit.

Though I will resume work on this site, publications will be infrequent. I will not guarantee anything will be published at all, but I will try to publish at least one story a month, most likely some flash fiction.

*This includes the background articles.

The Interview

The immigration officer was quite bored when a took a nicotine gum from its package in order to put it in his mouth. He had interviewed more than two dozens of prospective immigrants that day and it was already late. Nevertheless he was not yet able to leave his office as there was one applicant left to be interviewed. While he was chewing the immigration officer asked the man sitting on the opposite side of his desk: Continue reading →

The Bones of Mengele

Apparently the bones of one of the most notorious Nazi criminals, Josef Mengele, are kept at the São Paulo Legal Medical Institute and are now used to teach students of the University of São Paulo’s medical school. Unlike Mengele, those Nazis executed after the Neurenberg trial were cremated and their ashes were dispersed in a local river. Hence Mengele’s DNA is, theoretically, available. Continue reading →

Spacers versus terrestrials

As an avid fan of Asimov I borrow certain concepts from the great master of science fiction (SF, not “sci-fi”). The most important concept I have borrowed into my own work, in particular within the context of the Elysia universe, is the whole Spacer thing. Continue reading →