Family Man Made Great Chili, Discovered Relativity

This weekend, The New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill that began with praise for the acclaimed rocket scientist's "mean beef stroganoff." (An intro that was later removed, without mention.) Today at Last Word on Nothing, Jennie Dusheck responds by imagining how Einstein's obit might have read had it… » 4/01/13 2:40pm 4/01/13 2:40pm

R.I.P. Algis Budrys, Pioneering Cyber-Novelist And Magazine Editor

I only just found out that pioneering science fiction author and editor Algis Budrys died of cancer on Monday. Budrys is probably best known for his groundbreaking 1977 novel Michaelmas, about a hacker who installs "back doors" in huge government and corporate computers and thus becomes fabulously wealthy by the turn of… » 6/11/08 1:08pm 6/11/08 1:08pm