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Mark A. Rayner

Merchant Banker Masters His Mental Powers at Walton-on-the-Naze

The Son of Man, by René Magritte

While an art historian will tell you this 1964 René Magritte painting is called “The Son of Man”, and is meant to be a meditation on what is hidden in the visible world, they are hiding the dreadful truth. Since the early days of the 20th century, Britain’s merchant bankers have controlled the world economy through …

Why do lit-ah-rary types look down on SF?

[Editor’s Note: Some of the images below and through the links may not be appropriate for children.] So what is it about science fiction that causes “literary” types to look down upon it? Like any genre, SF has its bad and good. No scratch that, like any writing, there is both bad and good. …

Famous Paintings with SF Titles: The Zombie Attack on Dr. Nicolaes Tulp

The Zombie Attack on Dr. Nicolaes Tulp

Many art historians believe this painting is called The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, but they are sadly mistaken. What Rembrandt has portrayed, quite brilliantly, I believe, is the moments before the attack of the first ever zombie. Dr. Nicholaes Tulp was regarded as a highly moral doctor and surgeon, and he taught anatomy. However, …

6 End Theories of Twitter

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How can Twitter end the world? There are six competing theories. Perhaps one day religious scholars, apocalypse researchers and other gloomy intellectuals may agree which of these theories is correct, or maybe some genius will provide a Unified End Theory of Twitter. Until that happy day, we will have to simply forearm ourselves …