Category Archives: science fiction

Panem et circenses

The title of this post reveals the Latin quip (by the Roman satirist Juvenal, in his 10th Satire, 77-81) from which Suzanne Collins derived the name of her fictional dystopian country in The Hunger Games (Legal Eagle’s review and commentary is here). It means ‘bread and circuses’ and is part of a lengthy whinge where Juvenal […]

The City Lily

Since getting linked to by three large blogs (Butterflies & Wheels, The Money Illusion and Marginal Revolution), our blog stats have gone up considerably (as in, they’ve doubled), and many of the new people seem to have stayed, at least as lurkers. With that in mind, it seems like a good idea to revive the […]

Online animals and the law

For people who haven’t experienced online virtual worlds, no doubt they sound like a pretty weird thing. Although if you’re reading this post, you’re probably more than usually open to the idea of online communities in the first place – what is a blog but an online discussion point? Nonetheless, I don’t think I could […]

Theology in fiction: guest post by Lorenzo

[SL: I used to think I’d read a  lot of science fiction and fantasy, and I have, but my reading depth in the two genres pales in comparison with Lorenzo’s efforts, and probably with Legal Eagle’s, too, if I’m to be honest. I’ve read enough, though, to appreciate that readers can become ghettoized, much like […]

Kettling Zombies

It’s really annoying. You go to all the trouble of arranging a Royal Zombie Wedding Celebration and nobody comes… …because they’re kettled by the police a few blocks away being stopped and searched, questioned, arrested and drug tested. “Sorry son, you’re positive for formaldehyde. We’ll have to take you in…” We asked if we could […]

Why people study statistics

It’s no secret around the place that I’m a bit of a cricket nerd, but my childhood fondness for cricket opened the door to a whole field of knowledge: that field was statistics, and to this day it’s the only area of mathematics in which I dare claim any competency. Batting averages. Bowling averages. Run […]

Twilight: The Puppet Saga

Featuring performances by puppets more convincing than several of the original actors… So bite me. I liked it.