Love in the Time of the Improvised Explosive Device

A government stooge finds himself at the center of some Afghanistan-based intrigue in Love in the Time of the Improvised Explosive Device. Up until a year ago, Jim Schneider had a wife and two small children. Now they are dead thanks to a medical device that his employer—the Food and Drug Administration—failed to properly vet …

Mind Control: A Brief History

A few years ago, I dated a man who had been wrongfully imprisoned in a secret U.S. detention camp in Iraq. He’d been accused of terrorism by a co-worker, and then held and tortured for months by U.S. government employees, part of a protocol under the so-called war on terror.  A United States citizen, ex-Marine, …

I bet deathbed research is skewed

I haunt Twitter in my spare time these days like the ghost of procrastinating writers, and something I’ve noticed that pops up every few days or so is a tweet about people on their deathbeds. I bet deathbed research is skewed. For one, who is affording death beds and living to be an old age …

Corporate Torsos Need Not Apply

Corporate Torsos Need Not Apply imagines a future world in which the mid-Atlantic states of America—namely, “Nu” York and “Nu” Jersey—survive in soggy, paradigm-shifted fashion after a calamitous “Flood” some 18 years ago (or was it 19?). No one can remember, which is a clue. To stay safe after the deluge, inhabitants have had to …