The Screwfly and the Y

I recently read “The Screwfly Solution” by James Tiptree Jr., although I think it was published under a different psuedonym, Raccoona Sheldon, all pen names for the actual person Alice…

The Plague of “Even”

A devil’s bargain in word processing is the quick-find option. David Lodge foresaw this curse in Small World, when his character Frobisher found, through an old-tyme computer, his unwitting penchant…

Why the hate…?

There is so much bigoted venom for animal-rights activists and in general for people who advocate for animal rights that it sluices its way into unexpected places. In a not-so-recent…

Character devolution

I have a tendency, some might call it a sickness, to make lists in my head. It brings order to the chaos – or at least the illusion of order…

One Fat Englishman

One Fat Englishman, by Kingsley Amis, was a decent read – but it was one of those works where reading plodded along, drawn more by the thought of finishing the…

The Blind Cathedral

The short story “Songs Like Rusty Cage“ is obviously inspired by Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral.” The connection didn’t hit me when I first started writing it, but it was obviously somewhere…

Giving it away…

I guess posting complete stories online for anyone to see (which has always been the purpose of SpinachChin.com) devalues the work, at least according to Harlan Ellison. He posed the…

The Supernova Warning

I have seen Supernova twice. Those who have seen this sci-fi movie from 2000 (with James Spader and Angela Bassett) – or at least know about its history – understand…