The anonymity of the Internet fosters a great deal of boasting.  One of my nephews likes the term “e-penis effect” due to the fact that it seems to be a largely (crass pun intended) male phenomenon. This well-meaning male has occasionally blundered into a bit of controversy on the subject, specific to twitter followers.  It… Read More


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, and a rather large one at that, you’re aware of a growing trend toward political polarization in the US.  For that matter, much of the world.  Political identities have long been ascribed to geographic regions: California is liberal, its neighbor Arizona is conservative, etc etc etc.  But until recent… Read More


I feel a little twinge of jealousy every time a friend in Tampere, Finland tweets about another fun collaborative endeavor or exciting new start-up venture.  Sympathy for many who lost lucrative careers with cell phone giant Nokia turned to admiration as some rebounded quickly, plugged into the can-do Finnish culture and started making novel things… Read More


I mentioned my novelette-in-progress, Downtime, in the Launch post here.  What I didn’t say and maybe should have is that the story was inspired by one of my favorite writers, Ray Bradbury.  Two of his works factor in: Rocket Summer from The Martian Chronicles, and the immortal Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury’s evocative visuals in Rocket Summer led me… Read More


When I was in sixth grade a new friend introduced me to a door to an amazing world: The comic book. And while he wanted to go exploring in a neighboring field, something I did all the time at home, I wanted to hunker down and plow through his deep, dog-eared collection.  With wide eyes… Read More


Greetings, and welcome to Unsettled Space! I’ve been writing at various channels over the years, largely at my home domain, texrat.net, and recently I’ve decided to get serious about my fiction.  Not the little white lies, but the really big ones I’m willing to commit to print.… Read More