Monthly Archives: May 2013

A True History of Bacon and the Celtic Gods

Let me tell you a story about the Celtic gods. Being immortal (and bored) the gods of the Celts often held contests among themselves and made wagers. Being the Celtic pantheon they were always hungry, and so the gods decided that one food must be chosen to represent their greatness. A wager was struck, and the gods agreed that Man would decide. Celtic tribes from all over Europe were gathered together to vote for which food would be the fit for the gods. Each god spoke in turn to the people… Lugh, Read more […]

The Most Dangerous Game: Progressive Liberals and Social Conservatives Want a Civil War

I am just going to come out and say it openly – this is going to piss off some of the more socially conservative readers here, but it must be said: Both the Progressive Liberals and the Social Conservatives are praying for a civil war in this country. Not only that, both sides are licking their lips to murder each other. You don’t have to take my word for it. Look at any left wing blog or site. The death threats, open displays of anger, and vitriol is everywhere. These are people who have been brought Read more […]

“Who Will Rid Me of This Troublesome Priest”: Obama’s Second Hand Murder Incorporated

You can argue all you want whether ObamaCare puts into place “death panels” or not. What we can all agree on is that ObamaCare has provisions which allow a government review board to decide if you receive treatment or not based on your “need”. The existence of this review board is not in question. Thousands of pages have been written on this subject both pro and con, and these arguments have established two basic ways of looking at this process. One side is straight logistics and economics: Implementing Read more […]

The Real Thing: An Intellectual Defense of Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby’s The Thing From Another World

  If you were to survey most of the reviews on the Internet, you probably wouldn’t realize that The Thing From Another World has not only long been considered to be a classic, but is one of the most important science fiction films ever made. And if you’re using the Internet exclusively as a resource, that’s part of the whole problem. Although even the very best science fiction films of the Fifties have had to struggle against unfair blanket criticisms and mischaracterizations, the case Read more […]

The Greatest Challenge to the 1st Amendment: A Follow Up

The Government has forced Cody Wilson’s company, Defense Distributed, to take down his designs for 3D printed firearms. I can’t say I’m surprised, and if you had read my other article earlier in the week you would understand why: This is a blatant attack on the first amendment. Forget, for a minute, that these plans can be used to create guns. What is the difference between banning these plans from distribution, and banning a book? There are quite a few books out there that could be considered just Read more […]

The Enquiring Hitchhiker Interviews Author C.J. Cherryh

The Enquiring Hitchhiker is proud to bring you this interview with multiple Hugo award winning Author C.J. Cherryh. 1. I discovered your writing in 1985 with the publication of Cuckoo’s Egg. I really loved the detail you put into the world building, and “fish out of water” stories are my favorite type of fiction. Where do you find your inspiration for these unique cultures? I’m a linguistics major with a specialty in Roman Law and Bronze Age Greece, and I’ve knocked around the world quite a Read more […]

Ancient Curse, Modern Cure: The Horror of Victorian Sexual Repression

  The social aspects of nineteenth century Gothic horror are a study in the dichotomous nature of the Victorian mind. This period, characterized by its sexual repression, gave rise to some very salacious fiction, especially of the horror variety.  Early in the century The Second Great Awakening had renewed religious fervor in both Europe and America. This is juxtaposed against eighteenth century cultural trends that had seen great strides towards intellectual, scientific, and sexual enlightenment. Read more […]

Why the 3D Printed Firearm Will Be the Greatest Challenge Ever to the…..1st Amendment?

Yesterday when I saw the picture of the first fully 3D printed gun (I realize the firing pin is a nail and was not printed) I almost wept for joy. This is a first important step away from the dominance of the state over their citizens in many parts of the world.  Americans enjoy the protection of Second Amendment, but many places that purport to be free countries have banned all guns outright or have made ownership so restrictive that getting a firearm is almost impossible. Other parts of the world Read more […]

Modern Science Fiction: The Downfall of a Once Great Genre

I was suckered into looking at IO9 this morning. I know, generally I avoid that place like the plague. I was enticed in by an article about science fiction fonts. The article wasn’t even actually on their site. Some writer there had just written a story about a blog that had links to classic science fiction cover fonts. I honestly wish the person that posted the IO9 story had cut out that particular middle man. That is neither here nor there at this point because once on IO9 I saw article after article Read more […]