Today is the seventy fifth anniversary of India’s independence from British rule. It was a monumental achievement built on the sacrifice of millions…
A slow restart
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All roads lead to Kaifeng
There’s a profound saying about Chan (Zen) practice: Great faith, great doubt, great determination. The great Chan patriarchs would be aghast to learn…
Silver and Lapis
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According to Borges, Pierre Menard was a practitioner of right-handed Tantra in public. Among his many achievements was a book on George Boole’s…
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There’ something refreshing about hard SF. The writers whom I admired (and still do to a lesser extent) didn’t care about literary skills - their…
It was fun reading Solaris; I was sucked in at the very beginning and finished most of the book in one long sitting. The truly alien atmosphere, the…
Hard Science Fiction, if not Science Fiction as such, is the story of society’s victory over nature, so complete a victory that society has left the…
First Contact First contact is when the hero encounters the alien for the first time - ideally an alien intelligence, but if he isn’t ambitious, he…
Lem beyond Solaris. Solaris Beyond Lem.
Today’s update is both a retrospective and a prospectus, or in plain English: where we have come from, and where we are going. Swimming into our Ken I…