The Self Reliance Expo- Hickory NC

I will admit to being something of a"prepper". For those not in the know, a prepper is a person who prepares for a disaster. Most preppers have a disaster they are specifically preparing for. In Florida most are ready for hurricanes, in California earthquakes. Some of us prepare for more world wide catastrophes. My personal opinion is that we might experience another Carrington Event within my lifetime. The Carrington event was a solar storm that struck the Earth in 1859. If the same type of storm Read more [...]

Education: Science Fiction That’s Needed Now

As a libertarian, there are a lot of areas that I wish government would get their fingers out of, but education is not one of them.  Based on my reading of the founding fathers, I would say they placed a high responsibility on government to support education for the purpose of maintaining a free and reasoning society.  The idea that education  was both the door and keeper of freedom and opportunity cannot be denied as you read them. I would note, that I said support education, not control Read more [...]

Warp Drive? We May Have Had a Breakthrough (cautious optimism)

  According to Yahoo News we may have had a breakthrough that will allow faster than light travel with low energy consumption. I have read the article...HERE....I don't know if I believe they can really do it.  I relish the chance to try. The problem, as I see it, is the exotic matter ring. Producing it is still beyond our capabilities, as far as I know, but the scientists mentioned in the article seem confident they can produce a warp drive effect in the lab on small scales. We will keep Read more [...]

The Enquiring Hitchhiker Interviews Daniel Knauf Creator of the TV Series Carnivale

  This week we are proud to bring you an interview with Daniel Knauf. You may remember Daniel as the creator of the hit HBO show Carnivàle. He is currently working to recreate the story telling genre with his Bxx internet format. Bxx presents a non-linear method of telling a story in which the viewer can follow the story from multiple angles, out of sequence, or even follow specific characters through the story.   The Hitchhiker asks... Question 1- Tell our readers Read more [...]

Wolves in Petticoats: The Victorian Werewolf

This is a rough excerpt from the introduction of a book on Victorian werewolves I am writing right now. It should be finished sometime around March 2013. (I have way too many projects to give it my full attention this year)   Introduction It has been suggested that the vampire legend, largely created by Bram Stoker, is the most enduring and famous creature mythos to emerge out of popular Gothic literature. While this may be true the lowly werewolf must also be given a place of distinction. Read more [...]

Gothic Monsters- The Litany of Fear in H.G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau

H.G. Wells may be known as one of the first writers of science fiction but his novel The Island of Doctor Moreau is one of the first modern horror stories and hits upon four of the greatest fears of the Victorian age. His work does this in such a subtle and inventive way that we may need to reevaluate Wells and name him one of the modern fathers of horror fiction as well. The four fears that Wells so intricately weaves into his story are the fear of science, the fear of internal corruption, the Read more [...]

The Freehold Investigates Vandalism in District 12 (Hunger Games)

  The Hunger Games film has become one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. I happen to live just a few miles from the abandoned mill town of Henry River, North Carolina which was the site of "District Twelve" in the movie. In fact I often drive  through the town on my way home from work. So I have been familiar with this town for years. While the town has long been abandoned, it has also been well maintained. That maintenance is being challenged by a new force.....vandals. The site Read more [...]

Alternate History – Voting Rights?

If there is one area of science fiction I would like to explore it is the world of alternate history. I say science fiction because what I am looking at is not simply an alternate timeline but books that explore what would have happened to technology had different things happened historically.  More than that how would society have been different?  One idea, and maybe someone has written on this, is the issue of voting rights on history.  In particular, I was looking at the issue of what if one Read more [...]

The Enquiring Hitchhiker Interviews L. Neil Smith

      L. Neil Smith is a writer, and libertarian political activist. He  is the founder of the Prometheus award for libertarian fiction and has written volumes of libertarian centered science fiction. He has also given us what I consider our most thought-provoking interview to date. It is my pleasure to bring you L. Neil Smith.   The Hitchhiker asks... Question 1. You are the creator of the Prometheus award can you tell us why it was needed? I've been a student of social Read more [...]

Freehold Television

"There is nothing wrong with your computer. Do not attempt to wiggle the video cable.  We are controlling the Internet data packets. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your computer. You are about to participate in a grand adventure. You are about to experience the liberty and freedom which reaches from the linear processor to... THE Freehold"     I am proud to announce that the Freehold will be moving into visual media in the very near future (this weekend). I have purchased Read more [...]