Skill, Risk, Play, and the Daredevils of Niagara

Skill, Risk, Play, and the Daredevils of Niagara

To stand at the brink of Niagara Falls—sun shining through the transparent water, the mist rising, the roar underneath, a rainbow overhead—is to experience a beauty so humbling that philosophers and painters describe this dizzying, unsettling moment as “the sublime.” While viewing the Falls, not many can suppress the overpowering thought of how the rushing…

Ray Bradbury, 1920-∞: At Play in Space and Time

Ray Bradbury, 1920-∞: At Play in Space and Time

While in Seattle for a conference a couple of years ago, I ditched the scheduled luncheon and scooted over to the EMP Museum, a flashy, entertaining, interactive museum devoted to music, popular culture, and science fiction. When I went down to the basement annex, I found the Science Fiction Hall of Fame packed, wall-to-wall, with…