Rethinking Our North Korea Strategy

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The greatest strength of the US—and of western capitalism in general—is shared economic prosperity. Yet when faced with real or imagined enemies, our first response always seems to be to remove that strength from the playing field by imposing economic sanctions. We need new thinking if we ever hope to shake up the status quo. … Continue reading Rethinking Our North Korea Strategy

Generations

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The generations pass the torch Unknowing and unwilling, Awakening one morning to find The light gone from their hands, The path before them dark and lonely, As the world passes by without them. And those who claim the torch do so Unknowing and unwilling, Awakening one morning to find The future trembling on their doorstep, … Continue reading Generations

A Universal Health Care Proposal for U.S. Citizens

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Why is it so difficult to come up with a health care plan that provides reasonable universal coverage along with the benefits of private enterprise and freedom of choice? I’m certainly no expert in this area, but I think all we need is something along the following lines. Insurance companies can offer any health insurance … Continue reading A Universal Health Care Proposal for U.S. Citizens

Sciencethrillers.com Guest Post and Book Giveaway

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I was recently invited to present a guest post about my book, Phoenix Afterlife, at ScienceThrillers, a blog run by Amy Rogers. ScienceThrillers highlights and occasionally reviews thriller novels centered around hard science. If you like real science in your reading, this is a great place to find your next favorite book. Here’s the direct link to my guest post: www.sciencethrillers.com/2017/guest-post-phoenix-afterlife-james-leth/ … Continue reading Sciencethrillers.com Guest Post and Book Giveaway

A Mantra for Surviving American Politics

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Repeat something from this list aloud at least once a day: No matter how intelligent and informed I am, some of my beliefs and opinions are wrong. Listening to others doesn’t mean I agree with them. Hearing only what I already believe does not help me understand the world. I only learn new perspectives from … Continue reading A Mantra for Surviving American Politics

My Halloween Story: The Mystery of Henry Orson

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This past Halloween, I wrote a story in the style of the great H.P. Lovecraft: The Mystery of Henry Orson. Even if you’ve never read any Lovecraft, you’ve probably encountered some of his signature memes. Many of them have found their way into other popular fiction, movies, and television shows, including: The Necronomicon (book of the … Continue reading My Halloween Story: The Mystery of Henry Orson

New Reviews for Phoenix Afterlife

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My novel, Phoenix Afterlife, was given a five-star review at By Rite of Word Reviews. Here’s the short synopsis: Phoenix Afterlife is a fast-paced, thought-provoking sci-fi thriller with a chilling twist — guaranteed to keep you thinking, and looking over your shoulder, long after you close the book. Read the full review

New Book Cover

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My novel, Phoenix Afterlife, now has a new cover courtesy of Cover Quill. Rena Hoberman, the cover designer, did a great job capturing elements from my story in a beautiful and provocative image. I recommend Cover Quill to any writer looking for a well-made and inexpensive book cover.

Deleted Scenes From My Novel – 1

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I originally planned my novel, Phoenix Afterlife, to open with a prologue instead of the scene with Matthius waking alone. The prologue would show the perspective of a character never seen again in the book: one of the unnamed alpha test subjects later mentioned by Matthius. The planned prologue went through several revisions before I dropped it from the book. … Continue reading Deleted Scenes From My Novel – 1