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Hapthorn Free

I'm a Canadian author of science fiction, fantasy, and crime fiction, with 23 novels sold to publishers large and small, and 90 short-fiction sales to pro markets. I've won or been shortlisted for several awards, and I've been inducted into the Canadian SF Hall of Fame. Web page: https://www.matthewhughes.org

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Recent Comments

  1. about 3 hours ago on Tom the Dancing Bug

    What an innocent time it was.

  2. 19 days ago on Jack Ohman

    The thing that worries me is not that Trump is ordering federal agents to violate the rights of citizens. It’s that those agents are carrying out the orders.

  3. 20 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    I’ve been a professional writer for nigh on fifty years. I don’t have a muse, but I do have a “guy in the back of my head” who seems to know what the story is and feeds it to me at about a thousand words a day. My first drafts are about 90 per cent of the final.

  4. 21 days ago on Tom the Dancing Bug

    The thing that worries me is not that Trump is ordering federal agents to arrest and detain citizens without probable cause; it’s that those agents are obeying the orders.

  5. 3 months ago on Jeff Danziger

    Next time he goes maskless to a factory, he should come up against a union picket line. No mask, no cross.

  6. 4 months ago on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

    “Zounds” is a contraction of “God’s wounds,” a popular oath in medieval times when proifanity was religion-based. “Gadzooks,” another popular oath, is a contraction of “God’s hooks,” referring to the nails of the Crucifixion. My Irish grandfather used to say, “Steeth” when angry, a contraction of “God’s teeth.” I’ll leave you to figure out what “Sblood” was.

  7. 5 months ago on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

    The thing that puzzled me as a child: why didn’t he warn them about the snake?

  8. 5 months ago on Gary Markstein

    To understand exponential growth: take a checkers board and a bag of rice. Put a grain of rice on the bottom left square. Then put two grains of rice on the square next to it. Then four grains of rice on the next square, and eight grains after that. Keep doubling the number of grains, one square after another.

    After about fifteen squares, your bag of rice will be empty. You’ll never reach the sixty-fourth square because there isn’t enough rice in the world for that.

    That’s exponential growth. Right now, the number of confirmed (not actual) Covid-9 cases in the US is doubling every three days. On April 1, the number will be about 180,000. On April 4, 360,000. On April 7, 720,000. April 10 will see 1.4 million. April 13, 2.9 million.

    And so on. Buckle up, America. Here it comes.

  9. 5 months ago on Nick Anderson

    “a prolonged drowning disease” Well, he did like the idea of bringing back waterboarding

  10. 5 months ago on Henry Payne

    A few weeks from now, if the hospitals are full of Trump-believers dying of virus-based pneumonia, this cartoon may be a little embarrassing for Mr. Payne. It’s this kind of propaganda that is inducing rightwingers to ignore the warnings and treat the pandemic as nothing special.