2. Inflection Point

God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road. -Isak Dineson/Karin Blixen A live body and a dead body contain the same number of particles. Structurally, there’s no discernible difference. Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned? – Doctor Manhattan, John Osterman […]

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1. Chaos

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” – Epicurus – Greek philosopher, BC 341-270 “The Lord is […]

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5. Darkly

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. – 1 Corinthians 13:12, The Holy Bible, King James Version What does God need with a starship? – James T. Kirk,  Star Trek V: The Final […]

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4. Boxmaker

“Are you…are you sad?” “No.” “But your songs are sad.” “My songs are of time and distance. The sadness is in you. Watch my arms. There is only the Dance. These things you treasure are shells.” -William Gibson, Count Zero “Jesus,” Simon muttered, holding the c-machine in his hands, “How long was this thing fucking […]

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3. Supreme Excellence

“Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War “I’m fucking telling you, Jay, this guy was…coming out of this shit,” Simon said, straining for the right word to explain what he saw, his voice tight like a wire.  Giving up, he tossed a strangely light, brittle […]

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2. Ellen

Then the door was open and the wind appeared. The candles blew then disappeared; The curtains flew then he appeared, saying, ‘Don’t be afraid Come on baby,’ And she had no fear. And she ran to him, Then they started to fly. They looked backward and said goodbye, She had become like they are. She […]

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I will show you fear in a handful of dust. – T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland, 1. The Burial of the Dead, line 30 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C Clarke, The Three Laws NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT – 141,983 BCE Night. Rough stone. Sand. A nasty acrid smell of hydrogen sulfide […]

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