Author: Arlen


Bad trees, bad trees, Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do When they rot right through? Bad trees, bad trees, Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do When they fall on you? Another year, another stupid costume for Karvel Kon! And yes,

Letter to US Patent Office Director

Last week, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) sent a letter to the director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, Andre Iancu, and I am one of the cosigners of the letter. I will probably be talking a lot more

Lunar Eclipse

Managed to stay up for last night’s lunar eclipse (Okay, it was only until a little after 10:00pm, but I’m a wimp). we had a clear sky, and it was pretty impressive. After my first few attempts at getting a

Little Choices

The anthology Transcendent just came out, which has one of my stories in it! The theme of the anthology (and its original title) is Dreams, Nightmares, Visions and Hallucinations. My story is called Little Choices, and would probably be called

Free story

I mentioned in a previous post that my story Graveyard printed in Metaphorosis magazine would eventually be available for free on their web site. Well, eventually is now! Sounds like the story will also be printed in the Metaphorosis end-of-year


I have a new story called Graveyard in the November, 2018 edition of Metaphorosis magazine! Despite the title, it is, at least for me, a fairly upbeat story. You can buy the magazine from Amazon (print or e-book) if you

The Monster

Frankenstein’s monster, posing with some guy in a mask:

A Dark and Stormy Night

Everyone has heard of Bulwer-Lytton’s opening to the book Paul Clifford (even if they don’t know where it came from): “It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was

Transcendent update

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a short story coming out in an anthology called Transcendent, some time during this holiday season (which I think means November/December?). The book publishers have a blog, and I have a

A Net Neutrality Analogy

On several occasions, I’ve had to explain Net Neutrality to non-technical people, and while I can sometimes get people to understand the arguments, the abstract nature of the issues make it difficult. Fortunately, I love analogies—particularly when I can do

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