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Mathiss braced one hand on his good knee and the other on the still-thrumming hull of the Tango Ianos, and clambered shakily to his feet. …


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Things had been so different before that summer.

Iumina remembered when she always looked forward to the rail ferry, whichever way it ran: out to the university sprawled across the islands where she studied, or back home again to the mainland. It had carried such a sense of wonder once…


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If you remember what it was like learning to walk, or more likely (assuming you were born on land like the rest of us) learning to swim or ride a bicycle, you probably recall that the moment it stopped being hard was when you managed to shed the paralyzing anticipation…


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It feels apt, calling a music collection a library, as that is in fact very much what it feels like most days when I start up Spotify and delve in, whether that be relistening to any of the thousands of songs I have personally saved or venturing out in search…


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Aye, you heard me right — I did, I said swarm. Mass of little seafaring things called omichli. Used to be we’d all just taken it for sea fog too, before somebody thought to fetch a microscope and took a closer look, so don’t you feel too bad. It’s tough…


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The pattern emerges quickly.

“Was this past the curfew?”

“Well, you shouldn’t have been blocking traffic.”

“Claiming to be peaceful, and yet there’s illegal graffiti on that Confederate statue. Wonder where that came from?”

“They were given the warning to disperse. Unlawful assembly justifies the use of force.”

For every…


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Humane. Inhumane.

If you’ve been following what’s happening at the US southern border on social media and in the news, chances are you’ve heard these words more than once, including from well-intentioned writers with nothing but compassion for the people being detained in such dangerous and squalid conditions. …


Poor People’s Campaign March To The Capitol 57 (2018) by Stephen Melkisethian on Flickr

As the dust settled around Donald Trump’s presidential victory at the tail end of 2016, the question of how and why it all happened hung in the air for months on end while blame was doled out left, right, and center. And now with 2020 fast approaching, the left’s effort…


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NY-14 Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did this week what so many of her colleagues have long refused to for fear of controversy: boldly and unapologetically used the term “concentration camps” to refer to the detention system currently being run at the US border with Mexico.

Even this time last year, when…


The protagonists of Princess Mononoke, San (left) and Ashitaka (right). Source: Flickr

It is woefully rare to see works of fiction with environmentalist messages granted high cultural esteem or even mainstream respect. When I was growing up it was considered much cooler to laugh at the likes of Captain Planet and Fern Gully for their hackneyed delivery than to engage in good…

Marin Kirk

Balanced in one hand: this world, and what I hope are some good ideas. In the other: a litany of imaginary worlds for trying those ideas out.

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