Can Galactic Empires Exist Without Faster-Than-Light Travel?

My newest science fiction novel, Lockstep, was recently serialized in Analog magazine. Reactions have been pretty favourable — except that I've managed to offend a small but vocal group of readers. They're outraged that I've written an SF story in which faster than light travel is impossible. » 3/31/14 4:00pm 3/31/14 4:00pm

How AoS made me regain my appreciation for Star Trek: TNG

I've mentioned that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has problems, and that it's not too late to take steps to fix those problems. Fixing those problems boils down to developing the characters and plot more beyond the standard "Monster of the Week" formula that many of the episodes so far have focused on. Conflicts… » 1/10/14 11:19am 1/10/14 11:19am