Thomas Easton

Thomas A. Easton (born 17 July 1944) is a teacher and well-known science fiction critic and author. He retired as a professor from Thomas College of Maine in 2014 and now teaches part-time at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA.

Easton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colby College and a doctorate in theoretical biology from the University of Chicago.[1]

He wrote the book review column in SF magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact from 1979 - 2009. He appears frequently at Boston-area science fiction conventions.

His work on scientific and futuristic issues has appeared in many magazines, from Astronomy to Robotics Age. His latest nonfiction books are Careers in Science (VGM, 4th ed., 2004), Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Science, Technology, and Society (McGraw-Hill Dushkin, 8th ed., 2008), and Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Environmental Issues (McGraw-Hill Dushkin, 12th ed., 2007). His latest novels are Firefight (Betancourt, 2003) and The Great Flying Saucer Conspiracy (Wildside, 2002).



  • Easton, Thomas A. (1995). Silicon karma. San Simeon, Calif.: Serendipity Systems.

Organic Future series

  • Sparrowhawk (1990)
  • Greenhouse (1991)
  • Woodsman (1992)
  • Tower of the Gods (1993)
  • Seeds of Destiny (1994)
  • The Electric Gene Machine (2000), a collection of short stories

Anthologies edited


  • "Alien Resonance" (1990)
  • "Maine Quartet" (2009)

Short fiction


  • Ten Science Fiction Stories (1989)
  • Gedanken Fictions: Stories on Themes in Science, Technology, and Society (1996)
  • Bigfoot Stalks the Coast of Maine and Other Twisted Downeast Tales (2000)
  • The Electric Gene Machine(2000)

List of stories

Howie Wyman series
  • Mood Wendigo (1980)
  • Downeast Encounter (1980)
  • Gambling Man (1980)
  • Fishing Trip (1981)
  • Alas, Poor Yorick (1981)
  • Return of the Native (1981)
  • Energy Crisis (1982)
Jimmy Brane series
  • Down on the Truck Farm (1990)
  • Matchmaker (1990)
  • "Next" (1974)
  • "End and Beginning" (1974)
  • "Shrine" (1975)
  • "Preview Preview Test: The GB Roachster" (1976)
  • "The Chicago Plan to Save a Species" (1976)
  • "Notes from the Safety Overground" (1976) with W. Dinteman
  • "Help Not Wanted" (1977)
  • "Movers and Shakers" (1979)
  • "Closest Kin" (1979)
  • "Breakfast of Champions" (1980)
  • "Tetherball" (1980)
  • "Protection Racket" (1981)
  • "The Last Flute" (1981)
  • "The Blue-Tail Fly" (1981)
  • "Speed Trap" (1982)
  • "The Bung-Hole Caper" (1982)
  • "Needle and Thread" (1982)
  • "Ground Truth" (1983)
  • "The Tailor" (1983)
  • "A Love Story" (1983)
  • "Right to Life" (1985)
  • "Social Climber" (1988)
  • "The Tree" (1988)
  • "Hard Times" (1988)
  • "Roll Them Bones" (1988)
  • "To Fan the Flame" (1988)
  • "The Coming of the Mayflower" (1989)
  • "Kiss Me, Kate" (1989)
  • "When Life Hands You a Lemming ..." (1989)
  • "Sing a Song of Porkchops" (1989)
  • "Going Home" (1990)
  • "Lost Luggage" (1990)
  • "Alien Resonance" (1990)
  • "Versey Vicey" (1991)
  • "Micro Macho" (1991)
  • "Black Earth and Destiny" (1991)
  • "Swingin Proud'n Free" (1992)
  • "The Pragmatists Take a Bow" (1993)
  • "Clem, The Little Copper" (1994)
  • "Wallflower" (1996)
  • "Real Men Don't Bark at Fire Hydrants" (2000)
  • "Foggy Acres Blues" (2002)


  • "Surrender the Buddy Electrical" (1987)
  • "Alien Heat" (1988)
  • "Interstellar Arcs" (1988)
  • "Modern Madness" (1989)
  • "Reality Is Morally Neutral" (1989)
  • "Love Song for Lonely Aliens" (1989)
  • "The Alien's Revenge" (1989)
  • "Seafood Futures" (1990)
  • "Hackers Crack the Papal Porn" (1990)
  • "Bubbles" (1991)
  • "Chromosomes" (1993)



  • Periodic Stars: An Overview of Science Fiction Literature in the 1980s and '90s (1997)
  • Off the Main Sequence (2007)

Essays and reporting

  • "Life Needs a beginning" (1975)
  • "Is the Universe a Yo-Yo?" (1979)
  • "Amazing Facts" (Amazing Stories, February 1980) (1980)
  • "Fantastic Facts - Weather Report: Chicago 2000" (1980)
  • "Amazing Facts" (Amazing Stories, May 1980) (1980)
  • "Fantastic Facts: Alternate Worlds" (1980)
  • "State of the Art: Poetry with Rivets" (1988)
  • "Is Science Fiction Just Tabloid Futurism ? or The Great Untapped Market" (1989)
  • "Speculative Poetry, Pt. 1: Filler, Fiber, or Forgettable" (1991) with Marge B. Simon and John Grey and G. Sutton Breiding
  • "Book Reviewing: A Matter Of Opinion" (1992)
  • "Letter" (Locus #392) (1993)
  • "Concluding Statements" (1996) with Stephen L. Gillett, Ph.D.
  • "Beware the Virtual Reality Jungle" (1996)
  • "Introduction" (Bigfoot Stalks the Coast of Maine and Other Twisted Downeast Tales) (2000)
  • "Astounding Continuity" (2007)
  • "Preface" (Visions of Tomorrow: Science Fiction Predictions that Came True) (2010) with Judith K. Dial
  • "Robots - Rams from Cams" (1972)
  • "Let There Be Light!" (1974)
  • "Life is in The Stars" (1974)
  • "The Biopump Solution" (1974)
  • "Turing Point" (1975)
  • "Altruism, Evolution, and Society" (1976)
  • "Twenty Years to Space" (1979)
  • "Decline and Fall" (1981)
  • "The Future of Biological Engineering" (1982)
  • "Trapped Between Damnations: The True Meaning of the Population Crisis" (1996)
  • "The 3D Trainwreck" (2008)
  • Easton, Thomas A. (Nov 2013). "3D printing and dancing bears". Science Fact. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (11): 19–23.

Review columns

  • The Reference Library (Analog book review column, 1978-2008)

Interior art

  • The Biopump Solution (1974)


  • Entries in Contemporary Authors, International Authors and Writers Who's Who, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Entertainment, Dictionary of International Biography, and Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 2nd ed. (1993).
  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-26. Retrieved 2014-01-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links

1965 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

The 1965 United States Figure Skating Championships was an event organized by U.S. Figure Skating to determine the U.S. national champions and the U.S. team for the 1965 World Championships. Medals were awarded in three colors: gold (first), silver (second), and bronze (third) in four disciplines – men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing – across three levels: senior, junior, and novice. The event was held at the (1932) Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, New York, from February 10 to 13, 1965.

Gary Visconti defeated defending champion Scott Allen in the men's event, winning both the compulsory figures and free skating. Visconti skated a clean free skate with double jumps while Allen, although landing a triple salchow, fell on a triple loop and made other mistakes. Tim Wood was third in both figures and free skating, where he landed a good triple salchow.

In the ladies' event, Peggy Fleming retained her title. She had placed second to Christine Haigler in the compulsory figures, but Haigler fell three times in her free skate, while Fleming skated a clean program with superior connecting moves as well as clean double axel and double lutz jumps. Tina Noyes also skated a strong program with a double axel and several double jump combinations to take the bronze medal.

In the pairs and dance competitions, the 1964 champions had retired. The new pair champions were Vivian and Ronald Joseph. Both they and the second-place team Cynthia and Ronald Kauffman performed unusual pair spin variations in their free skating programs. Kristin Fortune and Dennis Sveum were the new dance champions.

1977 Silver Jubilee and Birthday Honours

The 1977 Silver Jubilee and Birthday Honours were announced on 11 June 1977 to celebrate Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee and Birthday in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Barbados, Mauritius, Fiji, the Bahamas, Grenada, and Papua New Guinea.The Queen's Birthday Honours are announced on or around the date of the Queen's Official Birthday in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The dates vary, both from year to year and from country to country. All are published in supplements to the London Gazette and many are conferred by the monarch (or her representative) some time after the date of the announcement, particularly for those service people on active duty.

The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.

Alternate Presidents

Alternate Presidents is an alternate history anthology edited by Mike Resnick, published in the United States by Tor Books. Each story is by a different author, and presents a scenario where an individual becomes President of the United States in a way that did not occur in real life. The anthology was released on February 15, 1992.

Arthur Richenthal

Arthur Richenthal (1915 – 2007) was a lawyer who was amongst the leading attorneys for New York's large real estate players. As per The New York Times, Richenthal "won a decision by the state’s highest court that shook the cornerstone of the city’s survival plan in the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s."He was a Harvard Law School alumnus.

Battlefield Earth (novel)

Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 is a 1982 science fiction novel written by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology. He also composed a soundtrack to the book called Space Jazz.


Cheerleading is an activity wherein the participants (referred to as "cheerleaders") cheer for their team as a form of encouragement. It can range from chanting slogans to intense physical activity. It can be performed to motivate sports teams, to entertain the audience, or for competition. Competitive routines typically range anywhere from one to three minutes, and contain components of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting.

Cheerleading originated in the United States, and remains predominantly in America, with an estimated 1.5 million participants in all-star cheerleading. The global presentation of cheerleading was led by the 1997 broadcast of ESPN's International cheerleading competition, and the worldwide release of the 2000 film Bring It On. Due in part to this recent exposure, there are now an estimated 100,000 participants scattered around the globe in Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Chris Beckett

Chris Beckett (born 1955) is a British social worker, university lecturer, and science fiction author. He has written several textbooks, dozens of short stories, and six novels.

Don Sakers

Don Sakers is a science fiction writer and fan living in Maryland, who has written several novels and edited a short story collection. In 2009 he succeeded Thomas Easton as book reviewer for Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine. Sakers is probably best known in the science fiction community as a frequent guest speaker at science fiction conventions. Openly gay, he shares a home with his spouse, costumer Thomas Atkinson. Their house in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Meerkat Meade, was featured in Weird Maryland. His self-described "day job" is with the Anne Arundel County public library, where he has worked for 40 years.When asked about the reaction to the diversity elements in his SF, Sakers said:

By and large, it seems to me that most SF fans are fairly comfortable with diversity. Part of this, I feel, comes from the common experience of being thought "weird" by the general populace.... Another reason that fans seem comfortable with diversity stems from the nature of Science Fiction itself. SF is often concerned with "the other" -- the alien being, the time traveler, the citizen of a totally different society. After you've wrapped your mind around the concept of falling in love with a silicon-based insectoid creature whose society is based on ritual cannibalism, a friendly chat with the black lesbian sitting next to you is easy to handle.

Duncan Eagleson

Duncan Eagleson is an American self-trained painter and former graffiti artist. In the 1980s, his tags, "Daemon" and "Prof-23" appeared on walls and subway cars in New York City.He has also created art and designs for book covers (for Doubleday Books, Tor Books and others). For authors including Fred Saberhagen, Graham Masterton, Les Daniels, and Robert E. Howard.

He has made movie posters (such as Nightmare on Elm Street and Blade Master for New Line Cinema, Warner Communications and others. He has also worked on advertisements (including theatrical billboards for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Lamb's Theatre), corporate identity projects, videos, magazines, and even T-shirts for rock groups (including The Who, Phil Collins, and Def Leppard).He is also a comic book writer/artist known primarily for drawing part of the "Fables & Reflections" collection of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series. He also worked on the adaption of Anne Rice's the Witching Hour for Millennium Publications in 1992. His idol in comics is Bill Sienkiewicz.He also has made sculpted leather masks for Wes Craven's Cursed, the WWE wrestler Kane(in December 2011),the Smithsonian, the Big Apple Circus, and magician Jeff McBride.

In 2001, he created 'ArcMage', a webcomic about a journalist's encounter with real magic. He also is the writer and illustrator of 'Railwalker: Tales of the Urban Shaman'.His first novel, 'Darkwalker', has been published in by 'Pink Narcissus Press' (ISBN 9781939056047). A follow-up of his ArcMage webseries with 'Railwalkers' (an order of warrior shamans).He currently has a studio in Rhode Island, New England, USA. Where he lives with his partner Moira.

Florence Easton

Florence Easton (25 October 1882 – 13 August 1955) was a popular English dramatic soprano in the early 20th century. She was one of the most versatile singers of all time. She sang more than 100 parts, covering a wide range of styles and periods, from Mozart, Meyerbeer, Gounod, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Strauss, Schreker and Krenek. In Wagner she sang virtually every soprano part, large and small from Senta onwards, including the Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde.

She described herself as "lyric dramatic soprano", which seems barely adequate in relation to the range of types of role in which she excelled. Her high international reputation, founded mainly in Germany and North America, was almost unique for a British singer of her time. She could move easily through all stages from the light coloratura to the Hochdramatische, from girlish romanticism to powerful Wagnerian and Straussian drama. The voice could be light and airy, gently melancholic or intensely passionate. The involvement in the character of the role was total. John Steane has suggested that "This great strength of hers was also, in a strange way, a source of weakness. She sang so many roles very well that she never quite became identified with any of these". Despite her often suspect Italian diction she was chosen by Puccini to create Lauretta in his 1917 opera Gianni Schicchi.

There is no connection between Florence Easton and the singer Robert Easton, born 1898 in Sunderland.

History of Hartford, Connecticut

The History of Hartford, Connecticut has occupied a central place in Connecticut's history from the state's origins to the present, as well as the greater history of the United States of America.

John Easton

John Easton (1624–1705) was a political leader in the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, devoting decades to public service before eventually becoming governor of the colony. Born in Hampshire, England, he sailed to New England with his widowed father and older brother, settling in Ipswich and Newbury in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. As a supporter of the dissident ministers John Wheelwright and Anne Hutchinson during the Antinomian Controversy, his father was exiled, and settled in Portsmouth on Aquidneck Island (later called Rhode Island) with many other Hutchinson supporters. Here there was discord among the leaders of the settlement, and his father followed William Coddington to the south end of the island where they established the town of Newport. The younger Easton remained in Newport the remainder of his life, where he became involved in civil affairs before the age of 30.

Ultimately serving more than four decades in the public service of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Easton began as an Attorney General for the island towns of Portsmouth and Newport, soon fulfilling the same role for the entire colony. To this line of service he added positions as Commissioner, Deputy, and Assistant, for many years serving simultaneously in multiple roles. In 1674 he was elected to the office of deputy governor, serving for two years, with a part of his tenure being during King Philip's War, about which he published a written treatise. Following the overthrow of the Edmund Andros governorship under the Dominion of New England, Easton was elected as governor of the colony for five consecutive years. While in office his biggest concerns were funding the ongoing war that England was fighting with France, and dealing with the disruptive French privateers. Other issues during his tenure included a smallpox epidemic in Newport, charter issues having to do with Rhode Island's militia serving in other colonies, and the ongoing border line disputes with the neighboring colonies.

The son of the Quaker governor, Nicholas Easton, the younger Easton was also a lifelong Quaker, and following his death in 1705 was buried in the Coddington Cemetery in Newport where his father and several other Quaker governors are also interred.

List of Colby College alumni

This list of Colby College alumni includes graduates, non-graduate former students, current students, and honorary degree recipients of Colby College. Founded in 1813, Colby's class of 2013 was the college's 200th, making a total of more than 25,000 living alumni.

List of fictional United States presidencies of historical figures (A–B)

The following is a list of real or historical people who have been portrayed as President of the United States in fiction, although they did not hold the office in real life. This is done either as an alternate history scenario, or occasionally for humorous purposes. Also included are actual US Presidents with a fictional presidency at a different time and/or under different circumstances than the one in actual history.

Shankill Butchers

The Shankill Butchers was an Ulster loyalist gang—many of whom were members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)—that was active between 1975 and 1982 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was based in the Shankill area and was responsible for the deaths of at least 23 people, most of whom were killed in sectarian attacks. The gang was notorious for kidnapping and murdering random Catholic and suspected Catholic civilians; each was beaten ferociously and had his throat hacked with a butcher's knife. Some were also tortured and attacked with a hatchet. The gang also killed six Ulster Protestants over personal disputes, and two other Protestants mistaken for Catholics.

Most of the gang were eventually caught and, in February 1979, received the longest combined prison sentences in United Kingdom legal history. However, gang leader Lenny Murphy and his two chief "lieutenants" escaped prosecution. Murphy was murdered in November 1982 by the Provisional IRA, likely acting with loyalist paramilitaries who perceived him as a threat. The Butchers brought a new level of paramilitary violence to a country already hardened by death and destruction. The judge who oversaw the 1979 trial described their crimes as "a lasting monument to blind sectarian bigotry".

Tom Carnaby

Thomas Easton Carnaby (25 December 1913 – 1971) was an English professional footballer who played as a half back for Southampton in the final season before the Second World War.

US-China Education Trust

The US-China Education Trust (USCET, Chinese: 中美教育基金; pinyin: Zhōng-Měi Jiàoyù Jījīn ) is a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. Founded in 1998 by Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, the first Chinese-American U.S. Ambassador, USCET seeks to promote China–United States relations through a series of education and exchange programs. The organization sponsors a variety of fellowships, conferences, workshops and exchanges, focused primarily on strengthening Chinese academic institutions related to the fields of American Studies, Media and Journalism, American Governance, and International Relations.

The organization's expressed mission is "to promote US-China relations through education and exchange for next-generation leaders."

Weapons in science fiction

Strange and exotic weapons are a recurring feature or theme in science fiction. In some cases, weapons first introduced in science fiction have now been made a reality.[1] Other science fiction weapons remain purely fictional, and are often beyond the realms of known physical possibility.

At its most prosaic, science fiction features an endless variety of sidearms, mostly variations on real weapons such as guns and swords. Among the best-known of these are the phaser used in the Star Trek television series, films and novels and the lightsaber and blaster featured in the Star Wars movies, comics, novels and TV series.

In addition to adding action and entertainment value, weaponry in science fiction sometimes become themes when they touch on deeper concerns, often motivated by contemporary issues. One example is science fiction that deals with weapons of mass destruction.

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