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There and Back Again

     I was lucky to have spent much of the past month visiting family in and around Venice, steeping myself in the stories that run deep and dark like the murky waters of the Venetian Lagoon. 266 more words

Allan Williams

Review: New Earth, by Ben Bova

(New Earth, by Ben Bova, Tor, 2013, $24.99, 384 pp.)

reviewed by Zeke Teflon

“Novel, n. A short story padded . . .” –Ambrose Bierce, … 532 more words

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Definition of the Day 7-28-15 -- Future

FUTURE,  That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true, and our happiness assured.

–Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary


Ambrose Bierce on Oscar Wilde

Another moment when an author I quite like bombards another author I thought I liked better. The former’s take-down is brutal and hilarious enough I’m questioning the position. 147 more words

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Ambrose Bierce

Definition of the Day 7-24-15 (#2) -- saw

SAW, n. A trite popular saying, or proverb. (Figurative and colloquial.) So called because it makes its way into a wooden head. Following are examples of old saws fitted with new teeth: 145 more words


Definition of the Day 7-22-15 -- Dis

DIS, v. (or “diss”) As Ambrose Bierce defined the slang of his day, “the grunt of the human hog.” One might add that while it would be easy to dismiss, disparage, disavow, disdain, disregard, discourage, or disrespect those who employ this disreputable, disgraceful, disturbing, disgusting usage, it serves those who grunt it quite well in that it allows them to discard the dismal, dismaying, disagreeable task of distinguishing between any number of distressingly dissimilar terms. 15 more words