Adult Fiction · Sci-Fi

Review: Mort(e) by Robert Repino

Hey lemme tell you about Mort(e) by Robert Repino! It’s one of those you pick up for the concept: The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that…… Continue reading Review: Mort(e) by Robert Repino

Children's & Middle Grade

Review: Fish by L.S. Matthews

I love fish. I love books about fish. So, I searched the word “fish” in my library’s ebook system, and I found Fish by L.S. Matthews: a remarkable little children’s book about a refugee family. Their child, Tiger, saves a fish from a drying-up puddle and takes across the border with them on the hope that they’ll…… Continue reading Review: Fish by L.S. Matthews

Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Doctor Who Review: The Zygon Inversion

Peter Capaldi acted his heart out in this episode. I’m happy to say “The Zygon Inversion” pulled it all together for me, and even though I wasn’t crazy about the first part, having seen the whole story I can say I really love this episode. Firstly, it was fun to see the Doctor and Osgood…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: The Zygon Inversion

History · Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 2

In part 1, I talked about the basic options open to a group of conquerors looking to control a population: Force, charm, and the non-conquest conquest. In part 2, I’m elaborating on some specific areas to think about within those overall strategies: Intermarriage, religion, infrastructure, and education.INTERMARRIAGEIntermarriage is Assimilation 101. You really don’t have to do anything,…… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 2

History · Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 1

When you conquer a country or a planet, how do you control it? You’ll want to literally control the people to prevent violent outbreaks and get them to work for you, but if you’re thinking in the longterm, you probably also want to bring them on board with your presence, your authority, and your philosophy.…… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 1

History · Nonfiction

Review: “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” by Steven Pinker

This is a combined summary and review of an enormous freakin’ book we read in International Relations class, based in large part on response essays I wrote. Like the book, it is super long, so I won’t be offended if you skim. I’m just saying, it’s totally faster to read this summary than read the…… Continue reading Review: “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” by Steven Pinker