Author Archives: Ry Yelcho

Simulation Theology

The discussion around the idea that we exist in a computer simulation has been recently fueled by the publication of The Doomsday Calculation by William Poundstone and some remarks by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk. Although it is an … Continue reading

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War of the Worlds 2020

  H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds has become the apt metaphor for our times. In it the alien invaders from Mars, invincible to all of our traditional military power, are finally stopped by microscopic bacteria. That situation is not … Continue reading

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Apostle to Man

There was once a planet among the stars as luckily placed as are us with warmth and order and cosmic calm where life bloomed ’midst water and dust There happened a species on that nice planet as lucky were they … Continue reading

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Antares Launch Report

Last November I watched a rocket launch from Wallops Island, Virginia. It was an Antares rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. This was my fourth attempt at seeing a rocket go into space. The first, on … Continue reading

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Muting the Dread

the bedside radio is off the trump, trump, trump of morning news silent leaving me free to explore the joys of being alive

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Youth’s Futile Avoidance

On the counter was ceremoniously thumped the open green bottle. A light fog drifted from the neck. We took it in fashion, throwing our heads back in a flourishing indulgence of the familiar elixir as if it contained the essence … Continue reading

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Why Humans?

There is no question that for the long term preservation of the human species it is necessary that we develop interstellar space travel. But what is the importance of preserving the human race? Why are humans so special? Is the … Continue reading

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Mind Your Mother’s Words

“Finish up your lompers Beck, ya don’t want to waste the good farmer’s hard work.” Beck looked at his plate and decided to get it over fast, shoveling in two huge forkfuls of flatcakes before leaving the table. Outside, Freddy … Continue reading

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A Dictatorship DIY

A Dictatorship DIY or Totalitarianism for Dummies To initiate an American dictatorship, first you need a candidate to run for president who has popular appeal and name recognition. Preferably not a career politician but one who can claim outsider status … Continue reading

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The Microbots of Tau Ceti f

An Elaboration of the Technology in Everett’s Awakening “I think the world is going to be saved by millions of small things.” Pete Seeger Like a tree dropping many thousands of seeds every fall in expectation that one may sprout, … Continue reading

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