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The Space Opera Species Spectacle

A Science Fiction Celebration of Diversity Ships, wormholes, and ray guns are fun, but the best part of any space opera is always the “Species Spectacle” scene. This is what I call the scene where creators show off the different and unique alien species in their universe. It’s exciting to see the range of sizes and body types, from tiny …

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Recommended Reading for Hitchhiker’s Guide fans

Are you a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fan who needs something new to read? Don’t panic! Here is some recommended reading. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of the most beloved science fiction books of all time. Douglas Adams’s humor and the characters’ wild space opera adventures make for addictive reading and leave fans wanting more. If you …

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Heterological Words and the Ineffable Gap Between You and Me

I’ve always been annoyed by certain counterintuitive words, words that demonstrate the opposite of their meaning. Words should be easy to grasp once you learn their definition, but some words seem to want to confuse you. The word “hyphenated” has no hyphen. The word “long” is shorter than “short.” The word “backwards” isn’t spelled in reverse. How irritating! As a …

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Thank You For Trying Mind Shield

Dear Customer, Welcome to your free trial of Mind Shield, the premiere infohazard protection service! Your new neuro software has already been activated. During your limited trial, you will be shielded from all manner of mental threats, infectious information, and thought invasions. NOTE: You have selected the highest level of protection, Fortress Level. Our Instant Perception Editing process may affect …

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