Author Archives: Timothy Lane

End of the World, Take One

by Timothy Lane12/6/18

Decades ago, I read a darkly humorous story by Robert Silverberg that seems today to be rather prophetic. Titled “When We Went to See the End of the World”, it’s set mostly in a party and involves the conversation there. More » • (46 views)

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Song Parodies

RevolverThumbby Timothy Lane
I like to do all sorts of parodies (mostly political; Obama has been a great inspiration in that respect). Many of these are song parodies, and here are a few from issue 216 of FOSFAX. More » • (1880 views)

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The Girl With Treponema

by Timothy Lane9/5/18

(With apologies to Norman Gimbel)

Tall and thin and young and foxy,
The girl with treponema is poxy,
So when she passes each boy she passes moans “Oh!”
When she moves she makes a spiral
That makes her videos go viral,
But when she passes each boy she passes must go. More » • (101 views)

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Book Review: Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen

by Timothy Lane1/7/18
This was the last work by the late SF author H. Beam Piper (though not the last to appear), being printed the year after he committed suicide. It started as a story in his future history, but editor John W. Campbell suggested he put it in a different series More » • (127 views)

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Book Review: Conjure Wife

by Timothy Lane6/25/17
by Fritz Lieber  •  Available for Kindle  •  Norman and Tansy Saylor are a typical small-town college faculty couple. He’s a sociology professor — and she’s a witch helping to protect her husband and his career. Norman accidentally discovers this one day when he comes across various supplies he recognizes from his own research in the subject. More » • (741 views)

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This Day In History: April 19

by Timothy Lane4/18/17

April 19 has a certain historical resonance, some of which may be unknown even to readers here. It’s especially important in terms of civil rights — such as the Second Amendment. More » • (1182 views)

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This Day in History: January 8

by Timothy Lane1/8/17

Not all that much history is created in winter because most of our history comes from areas that have poor weather then, so they tend to be inactive. European armies, for example, traditionally went into winter quarters. More » • (493 views)

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Vote Fraud Army

by Timothy Lane11/11/16

(with apologies to Tom Lehrer)

We are the Vote Fraud Army.
Every one of us Cares.
We all hate poverty, war, and injustice,
And ACORN pays for our wares. More » • (544 views)

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Book Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

GoldenTickektby Timothy Lane9/5/16
This book by Roald Dahl is the source for the Gene Wilder movie, Wiilie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (His father’s job is screwing the caps on toothpaste tubes., and he has to support Charlie’s grandparents as well as himself, his wife, and Charlie.) More » • (834 views)

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Book Review: Dumbth

DumthSteveAllenby Timothy Lane7/31/16
By Steve Allen  •  Available for the Kindle  •  This came out a quarter-century ago and was written by a liberal (though not a leftist) entertainer, but has a lot of material here worthy of interest from the conservative viewpoint. More » • (985 views)

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Book Review: Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Patriots

LegendsAndLiesby Timothy Lane7/10/16
By David Fisher  •  Available for the Kindle  •  Unlike the first volume in this series, in which each chapter provides a short biography of a noted figure, this starts with 5 chapters that focus on certain patriots (Samuel Adams and Paul Revere; John Adams; Benjamin Franklin; George Washington; Thomas Jefferson) More » • (1366 views)

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This Day in History: July 2

by Timothy Lane7/2/16

American independence is celebrated on July 4, but the process involved several other days with important decisions, one of which was arguably more important. More » • (794 views)

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