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Why Carol Won't Sit Next to Me at Science Fiction Movies

Challenger #20
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Carol has a high threshold for embarrassment. You can't be married to me for 42 years and not have one. But recently she has announced that she will no longer sit next to me at science fiction movies, that indeed she will sit on the far side of the theater and do her very best to pretend that she doesn't know me.

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Eve and No Adam --GalaxyOnline.com column #12

Eve and No Adam

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The late great science fiction grandmaster, Alfred Bester, once wrote a story called "Adam and No Eve". Over the years it has risen to classic status within the field.

Well, Alfie was almost right. The real truth of the matter is that there was Eve and no Adam.

We're talking about the real Adam and Eve here, the most recent common ancestors of the human race, not the Biblical couple who had that little problem with the snake and the apple.

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GalaxyOnline.com column #11


Pleistocene Park

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Turns out Michael Crichton had the right idea after all. He just had the wrong time frame.

As perhaps every scientist in the world has pointed out, DNA decays in considerably less than 65 million years, and you really can't substitute frog DNA for the missing stuff and still come up with T. Rex and all those other nifty dinosaurs. It simply can't be done.

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GalaxyOnline.com column #10


Protecting You...From You

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It happened in the early 1970s, just before I moved from Chicago to Cincinnati.

They were tearing apart half a square block in the Loop, preparatory to building some new monument to bad taste. It was a hard hat area. There were signs all over warning people to stay clear of the area, that there would be falling bricks and falling timbers and falling anything-else that was heavier than air. Then, because not all Chicagoans can read all that well, they erected a 6-foot chain link fence around the thing, with DANGER and KEEP OUT signs posted every couple of feet.

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They Made Me A Criminal--GalaxyOnline.com column #9

They Made Me A Criminal

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(with apologies to John Garfield and Warner Brothers)

Years ago I co-authored a novel with Jack Chalker and George Alec Effinger called The Red Tape War. Though the whole purpose of the book was to show a tongue-in-cheek picture of an unbelievably over-regulated society, the one thing I never anticipated was that governmental red tape would actually have me contemplating a life of crime in my declining years.

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Stoopid Is As Stoopid Does--GalaxyOnline.com column #8

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Science fiction movies have a lot in common with the Cincinnati Bengals football team. Stick around and you'll find out why.

The question everyone asks is: why are so many science fiction films so dreadful? Why can't they at least try to do something proud? No one says Blade Runner or The Matrix were perfect, but at least they treated both the material and the audience with some respect.

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LASSIE ISN'T COMING HOME--GalaxyOnline.com column #7

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I want to discuss the pet of the future.

Before I begin, I think I'd better list my bona fides.

From 1968 through 1981, Carol and I were among the country's leading breeders and exhibitors of collies. We had 23 champions (and named almost all of them after science fiction stories and characters. Among the leading winners of 1974, 1976 and 1979 were Champions Gully Foyle, The Gray Lensman, and Paradox Lost -- "Gully", "Kim", and "Pax" around the house -- and among the leading broodbitches were Champions Nightwings and The Changeling.)

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GalaxyOnline.com column #6

Saving the Game

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There was a time, not so long ago, when Africa was described as "islands of men in an ocean of animals."

No longer.

These days Africa is a few islands of animals in an ever increasing ocean of men.

And if this beautiful wilderness that I have visited so often is to be preserved for future generations to experience and enjoy, it's time to properly pinpoint the problem and unflinchingly apply the only solution that will be effective.

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Heroes Never Die --GalaxyOnline.com column #5

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So what will your great-grandchildren do to amuse themselves?

The answer is: pretty much what your parents did -- and that includes the heroes they dream about. (No, not basketball players and the like. HEROES.)

Let me explain.

You see, there was a time when heroes were springing up all over the landscape -- and the good ones never leave. The 1930s were an exceptionally fertile time for the creation of heroes who struck a responsive chord in the public's hearts (which, after all, is where one responds to heroes.) Everyone knows about the comic book heroes, Superman and Batman, who are well into their 60s now with no signs of slowing down.

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CHEMO FOR ALGERNON--Galaxy Online.com Column #4

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Like most people, I grew up in a household where cancer was considered the deadliest killer of all, and where the word itself was uttered only in hushed whispers. I suspect if we'd been Catholics we'd have crossed ourselves every time we mentioned it.

So when Carol, my wife, was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer, it looked an awful lot like the end of the world.

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