Nice of you to come! Welcome to my permanent home on the web. Feel free to read my posts, and I’ve got a game here if you’re interested. I’ve also got a short story which has been accepted by the Sci Phi Journal; my story says that full automation will lead to legalized murder.

My social media followers are listed here, with their blogs. I also have a permanent open thread.

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Binaural Beats — Do They Work, or Are They Woo?

I regularly read Mike Cernovich’s website Danger and Play — it’s a useful site that shows people how to handle the ups and downs of modern life without sinking into a pit of despair. His Gorilla Mindset book has a lot of good, solid life improvement tips as well. However, I would see him occasionally mention this thing called “binaural beats,” which, according to him, helps listeners focus their minds.

For the longest time, I dismissed binaural beats as new age woo that didn’t actually do anything. But one day, as I was having trouble with my writing, I decided to give binaural beats a shot. After all, I wouldn’t really lose anything from it.

Did they help?

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Tarnsman of Gor (review)


Tarnsman of Gor
by John Norman
Originally published by Ballantine Books (1966)
Currently published by Open Road Media Sci-fi and Fantasy (2014)
$7.99 (Kindle)
$10.69 (Paperback)

Tarl Cabot is a college professor from Great Britain who had accepted a teaching job in an American university. While on a hike in New Hampshire, he discovers a letter from his long-absent father — and is whisked away to the world of Gor, where most modern technology is absent and barbaric codes of honor are the law of the land.

After he learns the ways of his new home, he is tasked with raiding the aggressive, expansionist Empire of Ar to seize their most precious artifact: the Home Stone. Seizing it would bring down the empire, but due to how he is told to accomplish the mission Tarl Cabot deliberately flies off course…

Welcome to the Gorean Saga, the first book of one of fantasy’s most infamous series.

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An Appreciation for the Fantasy Genre

One of the things I like about the genre: this kind of straightforward heroism.

One of the things I like about the genre: this kind of straightforward heroism.

I had begun my Appendix N Review Series as a way to see how the fantasy genre in the 1950s through the 1970s was different from today’s genre. Going in, I wasn’t sure what to expect — I expected to see umpteen copies of stories in the mold of J. R. R. Tolkien, and I cringed at the idea of reading about elves and dwarves and the like. I went in with low expectations all around.

Then I actually read the books. I fell in love.

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Martians, Go Home (Appendix N Review)


Martians, Go Home
by Fredric Brown
Originally published E. P. Dutton (1955)
Republished by Gateway (2011)

Luke Devereaux is a struggling science fiction writer reeling from a recent divorce. Unable to come up with an idea for his next novel, he borrowed a shack in the middle of nowhere from his friend and stayed there to concentrate on his work. All of a sudden, a Martian — a little green man, opaque yet unable to be handled physically in any way — appears in his shed and drives him absolutely crazy. When the Martian leaves and he tells other people what he saw, he learns that a billion Martians had come to Earth and were annoying the hell out of everyone.

This is Martians, Go Home, an alien invasion story unlike any other.

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Hard at Work

Pretty much me.

Pretty much me.

It may seem like I’ve dropped off the face of the Internet, but believe me, I have not forgotten about any of you. It’s just that a combination of my day job and my personal projects have left me little time for Twitter/Gab and blogging.

Therefore, a progress report is in order.

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I’m Now on Gab.ai!


Great news, everyone — I have an account on Gab.ai now! Gab.ai is a new social networking platform built on free expression and user engagement, not censorship and social justice bullying. No more arbitrary suspensions, no more political favoritism, just everyone talking to one another.

My username over there is @RawleNyanziFTL, same as on Twitter. Hope to see you all there!

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes Vol. 1 (spoiler-free review)


Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1: Dawn
by Yoshiki Tanaka
Translated by Daniel Huddleston
Originally published in Japanese by Tokuma Shoten (1982)
Published in English by Haikasoru (2016)
$8.09 (Kindle)
$11.62 (Paperback)

In the far future, the monarchy of the Galactic Empire and the democracy of the Free Planets Alliance clash in deep space, fighting for ultimate supremacy in a great war that has lasted centuries. Evenly matched, neither side can gain ground against the other. However, two great commanders arise for each side: Reinhard von Lohengramm, born to an irresponsible father and forced t work his way up the ranks of the Imperial military, and Yang Wen-li, a middle-class boy who only wanted to study history, but got pushed into the Alliance military because it was the only way to pay for his education. As the two commanders battle each other in the depths of space, they develop a rivalry that will decide the future fate of their respective nations.

This is Legend of the Galactic Heroes, a fine political drama.

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The Planetary Adventures of Eric John Stark (Appendix N Review)

The Planetary Adventures of Eric John Stark

The Planetary Adventures of Eric John Stark
by Leigh Brackett
Originally published by Fiction House (1949)*
Republished by Wonder Publishing Group (2010)

* The Road to Sinharat was published in 1963.

Eric John Stark — also known as N’Chaka, the Man Without a Tribe — ventures through the Solar System, battling vicious tribal leaders, frightening monsters, and ancient spirits. Though he has the intellect of a civilized man, he retains the battle-hardened, savage nature imparted by his barbarian upbringing. With his dual natures, he outwits and outfights all opponents, civilized and barbarian alike.

Welcome to The Planetary Adventures of Eric John Stark.

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The Face in the Frost (Appendix N Review)

The Face in the Frost

The Face in the Frost
by John Bellairs
Originally published by Macmillan (1969)
Republished by Open Road Media (2014)
$6.15 (Kindle)
$9.99 (Paperback)

The wizard Prospero goes on a journey alongside his friend Roger Bacon. While on this journey, Roger Bacon is killed, and Prospero goes through the South Kingdom, looking for a way to bring him back to life.

Welcome to the disaster area known as The Face in the Frost.

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[UPDATED] Artist @kukuruyo suspended from Twitter for nothing

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UPDATE: @kukuruyo’s account has been restored; it was suspended due to a so-called “pornographic header,” which he has now replaced. It may be visited here.

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In what has become a distressingly common trend, the Hugo-nominated artist @kukuruyo (who drew my logo) has been suspended from Twitter, with no reason given nor a date for unsuspension. As we all know, he has often mocked social justice warriors and he strongly supports free expression — and naturally, Twitter didn’t like that, so they punished him.

In a message on Patreon, he wrote:

My twitter account has been suspended. I’ve not been told why, and there’s no date for my unsuspension, so i’m guessing it’s permanent. I’ve sent a message to see wtf has happened, since i’ve not broken their rules.

See here for what to do in the wake of Twitter’s suspensions of non-SJWs.

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