Cynophobia

Source: Newsweek.com As a child, I was attacked by a German Shepherd: not a human herder of sheep, but a wolf-sized bundle—four feet, fur, and fangs. Especially fangs. Walking from the bus stop with my mother after a shopping expedition, I was at peace with the world, chattering about something or nothing. There was no …

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Apples?

I was describing a futuristic device in my upcoming novel "EXODUS!" and tried, "the size of a small apple". Hmmm... It occurred to me how often apples appear in fiction and myth, a veritable harvest:- Garden of Eden (probably not an apple, but apples get the blame) Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (poisoned apple) …

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Paradoxes

Ever heard of Russell's Paradox?"Consider a barber who shaves exactly those men who do not shave themselves." So who shaves the barber?The barber shaves every man who doesn't shave himself so can't give a self-shave.This always puzzled me. Not because it was hard to answer, but because no one seemed able to answer it.When I first heard this, …

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Advertising’s Future?

We might be headed for another Covid year (variants yet to be named), with only novels and electronic entertainment to ease the pain. (Read more novels!) But there's something lurking under the surface of these entertainments... On May 8, 1704, one of the first newspaper ads appeared in the Boston News Letter, offering Oyster Bay …

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Mid-Year Views

(An update of "Mid-year Review, 2022") Belated "Happy Longest Day" greetings to half the world and "Happy Shortest Day" in the other half. Summer hit with a vengeance here, melting the flowers, browning the grass, and melting my brain. Then it rained... off and on... for days as if in apology. Ah, well. I write …

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Mid-year Review, 2022

Summer seems to have hit Luxembourg already - blazing sunshine in recent weeks with enough occasional rain that I don't have to water the flowers. Of course, the lawn-mowing has become more frequent! Sigh... swings and roundabouts! At least the Covid restrictions have been easing at long last. More good news: Galaxies and Fantasies (my …

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Upcoming: Galaxies and Fantasies

Publisher, Elsewhen Press,  says..."Galaxies and Fantasies is an eclectic collection of tales from master-storyteller Andy McKell, crossing genres from mythology to cosmology, fairytale to space opera, surrealism to hyper-reality. What they all have in common is a twist, a surprise, a revelation. Leave your pre-conceptions aside when you read these stories, prepare for the unexpected, the extraordinary, the …

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Seasons and Reasons

First, I hope everyone's enjoying the ebook - the paperback will follow in a few weeks. Choose your vendor: books2read.com/PrivateVices I've been working on the sequel, which I hope to release later in the year. And there's more sci-fi on its way, just hold on a little longer. SEASONS AND REASONS So here we are, …

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Great New Year News!

I just signed a publishing contract for a collection of short stories, provisionally titled Eclectic! Should be on the bookshelves, electronic and physical, later in the year. I'll announce the launch right here and in as many other places as I can. 😉 Meanwhile... In my library is a novel first published in 1956: "No …

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HAPPY YEAR END !!

Hi there! First, let me wish you a Happy Christmas, Hannuka, MidwinterFest, New Year, Hogmanay, or whatever you celebrate. Hoping the New Year brings relief to us all!(And yes, I said the same thing last year...) So what's that odd image above? It's the all-seeing Eye of Horus, the symbol of the Pax Diktat, the …

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