The Patron

 “The Devil’s agents may be of flesh and blood, may they not?”  Arthur Conan Doyle    August 7, 2005 Berlin The organisms had adapted and multiplied. They were not unities but rather systems. Three trillion self-replicating chemical machines with again as many foreign units of the same function – themselves the product of thousands upon […]

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The Watcher

“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence.” Isaiah 62:6 August 15, 2007 Iraq There were blossoms on the wind. He knew that omens were a lie, but it brought him comfort nonetheless. He was […]

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The Praetorian

“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe August 12, 2007 Waziristan region, Pakistan Yevegniy Turchin was a liar. He had lied about his name every day for the past four years. His clients knew him as Denys […]

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The Player

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: My apologies to everyone for having missed last week’s post without providing any notice or explanation. At this time, I am temporarily putting my regular “topical” posts on hold while I complete the rest of the Gevaudan Chronicles. I have two additional installments planned after this one, which I will release two weeks apart. […]

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The Pythoness

The second installment of the The Gevaudan Chronicles is now available. Sign Up now to download The Pythoness free! Excerpt is available below. Underneath all civilization, ancient or modern, moved and still moves a sea of magic, superstition, and sorcery. Perhaps they will remain when the works of our reason have passed away.             […]

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A Brief Thought on Science

The “Thoughts on Magic” posts I’ve done the past two weeks now have me thinking about a slightly different but related topic, which continues a theme I’ve partially explored in my “Morals are For Men, Not Gods” series. As we’ve previously observed, the term “magician” in its biblical and historical sense can just as easily […]

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