Why I am obsessed with old school Doctor Who

Nine years ago, I watched Doctor Who for the first time. I was instantly hooked. To this day, if I watch a classic Doctor Who story, I will love it unconditionally. I just wish I had the slightest idea why. » 12/22/11 3:17pm 12/22/11 3:17pm

I wrote 100 terrible short stories that I'm glad you'll never read

Several years ago, I was getting burned out in my high-stress newspaper job, and I came across a fancy hardcover book listing science fiction publishers, agents and editors. I paged through it on my lunchbreak, until I found a part of the introduction which proclaimed: "Many writers now make a decent living just from… » 12/21/11 2:48pm 12/21/11 2:48pm

Meet the Raelians: Inside the World's Strangest — and Nicest — UFO Sex…

The International Raelian Movement might be the world's most science-fictional religion — at the very least, they're up there with Scientology. Their founder claims he met the aliens who created the human race, and their main ritual involves sending your DNA to an alien planet. The group announced they cloned a human… » 11/21/11 12:00pm 11/21/11 12:00pm

Why Casablanca is the future of the world

Just before the uprisings now known collectively as "Arab Spring," I took a short trip to Casablanca, the wealthiest and largest city in North Africa. And there I had a vision of the future. » 5/04/11 8:18pm 5/04/11 8:18pm

How I accidentally conducted experiments on a human

Recently, scientists performed personality experiments on birds. Some time ago, they conducted them on octopuses. Reading about them, I realize I accidentally conducted personality experiments on a human being. » 4/29/11 4:30pm 4/29/11 4:30pm

I paid a woman to be my friend at a Tokyo Maid Cafe

Maid Cafes are a tradition in Tokyo's otaku-centric Akihabara neighborhood. People say they're a romantic version of strip clubs: Instead of lapdances, you buy innocent displays of affection. How does it feel to pay for puppy love? I found out. » 12/13/10 3:00pm 12/13/10 3:00pm