Looking Back at the Future

Inside the head of science fiction writer and critic Derek Austin Johnson.
The circus is in town.

The circus is in town.

The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel. The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as “a game-changer” because it would signficantly shorten the supply chain, a weak link that makes any force easier to attack. The US has a fleet of 15 military oil tankers, and only aircraft carriers and some submarines are equipped with nuclear propulsion. Vice Admiral Philip Cullom declared: “It’s a huge milestone for us.”

The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel. The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as “a game-changer” because it would signficantly shorten the supply chain, a weak link that makes any force easier to attack. The US has a fleet of 15 military oil tankers, and only aircraft carriers and some submarines are equipped with nuclear propulsion. Vice Admiral Philip Cullom declared: “It’s a huge milestone for us.”

Dinner. Chicken with lemon pepper and curry oil and sautéed fresh brussel sprouts.

Dinner. Chicken with lemon pepper and curry oil and sautéed fresh brussel sprouts.

Treasures.

Treasures.

Joining the future, courtesy of Sherwin Kahn. Thank you, brother.

Joining the future, courtesy of Sherwin Kahn. Thank you, brother.

Fireman’s 4 before the movie.

Fireman’s 4 before the movie.

Here too. Here as at the other
Edge of the hemisphere, an endless plain
Where a man’s cry dies a lonely death.
Here too the Indian, the lasso, the wild horse.
Here too the bird that never shows itself,
That sings for the memory of one evening
Over the rumblings of history
Here too the mystic alphabet of stars
Leading my pen over the page to names
Not swept aside in the continual
Labyrinth of Days: San Jacinto
And that other Thermopylae, the Alamo.
Here too, the never understood
Anxious, and brief affair that is life.

—Texas, Jorge Luis Borges (via fjordling)