"Alexander Pope wrote, 'Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night. / God said, Let Newton be!'" As soon as I flicked the lighter, the spherical flame danced near my thumb. I touched it to the end of the rolled paper, then brought the other end to my lips and inhaled. "And all was light."
For over fifty years, Harrelson Hall stood on the NC State University campus like a tacky alien mothership hovering over the brickyard... After five decades, the much-hated building is well into the process of demolition.
EmDrive. Q drive. Cannae drive. All of these are a class of devices known as resonant cavity thrusters, and for the past few years they've been popping up in the media from time to time. What's the big idea? Take an ordinary household magnetron (you'll find one in every microwave oven). Use it to pump... Continue Reading →
It was too late to turn back -- for all of them. Three weary explorers stared out the porthole as the spacecraft A Shot in the Dark hurtled toward Comet 266P/Christensen. "Collision course set," announced Michelson as the main rocket engine died. "That's the last of our fuel." Dr. Grigori stared out at the stars.... Continue Reading →
Winter. Frozen earth crunches beneath my boots. My breath lingers in front of my face. And the wind is bitter cold. Bare branches reach heavenward in prayer to the blanket of clouds that promises a blessing of snow. The faintest strip of grass demarks the roadway from the woods, yet the road leads me on.... Continue Reading →
From the day of her debutante ball, there was war in the hillsides of Darlington county. The battlefield was upper crust bachelordom; the prize, Estella. Even when we were children, I knew she was special. With her Gram's name, her mama's land, and her daddy's fortune, the man to claim her heart would rule the... Continue Reading →
It's the year 2015... a year that seemed to be the distant future when I was a kid. We partied like it's 1999. We survived The End Of The World As We Know It™ in 2000. We made it! We're living in the future! We have smart phones, smart TVs, smart appliances. So... why hasn't... Continue Reading →
Little girls become young women... Little kittens become fat old cats... It was the way of the world: predictable as the sunrise, everlasting as words carved in stone, unavoidable as bullets from a gun.
There he stands, by the preacher, oceanside. Immaculate tuxedo and perfect blond hair glowing with sunlight. White dress. White gloves. Lanolin smooth skin. Her cherry lips quiver. Today they would tie the knot on the shores of this island paradise. My revenge on her will be black as its sands, treacherous as its tides. How... Continue Reading →