There once was a Dutch-language science fiction story I attempted to win the Harland Awards short story contest with. I subsequently translated it into English, aiming to have both versions ripe for submission at the same time: the deadline for the new Dutch Edge ZERO market. The process to complete revisions on both versions at the same…

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British headmaster Graeme Whiting has gone on record claiming that fantasy books cause mental illness. Odd, that. I thought that mental illness causes fantasy books. But seriously: one of the greatest gifts parents and educators can give a child is the gift of an open mind. And imaginative stories–fantasy literature and fairy tales, but also…

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Google has a well-developed sense of irony. Yesterday evening, performance of Google’s own websites (Gmail, Calendar, Google itself) deteriorated so badly so quickly that they became unusable in Chrome. Everything was fine on other sites and in other browsers, so I contacted Google support about the problem. Support was extremely quick to respond and very…

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