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Meanwhile, on the Mermaid Planet

The perils of space strip poker
By KARL STEVENS  |  August 24, 2012
Memes: Success

Meme forecast for 2012

When evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" in 1976 — meaning "a piece of thought copied from person to person" — he probably didn't realize that, in time, the word would come to be synonymous with cat macros, various advice anima
What pianos will the cats of the future play for us?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011

The future is boring

More dispatches from the year 2311.
By KARL STEVENS  |  August 26, 2011

Review: Ondine

Love in a Neil Jordan film is almost always impossible: a guy falls for another man’s wife, or for his own mother, or (unwittingly) for another guy, or for the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Mysterious mer-woman takes up with a fisherman
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010

Fractured fairy-tales

Somehow, somewhere, we seem to have forgotten the meaning of the fairy tale.
How George Saunders, Hans Christian Andersen, and a trip to Fairyland can keep you sane
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 23, 2008