Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Time to End

For every thing there is a season. And the season of The Security and Culture Intelligencer is at an end.

I’ve purposely not added any new posts since March, because I’ve known for some time that I’d be closing down SCI. There are a variety of reasons for doing so but no good reasons for listing them. So in the next few weeks this site will disappear. (Liberate Liberty and Foreign and Domestic Intelligencer will go away too.)

My plan is to continue contributing new material to Virtual Pulp and The Loftus Party. So please be sure to follow me at those two sites. And please bookmark my Amazon Author page. Please buy the books I’ve already published! (And stay tuned for the ones I’m working on completing!)

I currently plan to stay on Twitter and two other social media sites, so you can follow me there as well. And perhaps I will pop up elsewhere from time-to-time.

Thank you to all who have visited SCI. I appreciate it!

Paul, SCI: 2013-2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Coming of the Superhuman Warrior: How Will Christians Respond?

Editorial Note: I wrote this specifically for submission to a journal that focuses on foreign policy and Christianity. I received no response from it. So I am publishing this in-depth article (featuring exclusive, original commentary from interviews I conducted) here at The Security and Culture Intelligencer. It features in-line citations, and no hyperlinks, as per the guidelines of the magazine to which I submitted it.


Superheroes continue being all the rage in movies and pop culture. But whereas once they were thought of merely as a child’s fantasy (and perhaps still are), they are now approaching the realm of reality. Or, at least, superhuman abilities are. And as the advent of superhuman abilities occur, they will change the nature of humanity and warfare. How will Christians respond to this? What will the Christian view be on the ethicalness of human enhancement, the use of superhuman warriors, and how the altering of the human body changes the nature of mankind?

Superhumans: Fiction No More

A man in powered armor sprints across a battlefield and destroys enemies and their weapon systems with well-placed shots. Another man, with enhanced physical strength, takes on 10 men, easily overpowering and defeating them. Cyber and other implants enable a third man to think faster and react quicker to enemy attacks, and a rapidly changing battlefield environment. All these things sound fantastic. Many people probably think they sound far-fetched or completely unrealistic. But they aren’t.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Why ‘Presidential Pardon’ Is a Great Espionage Story

Artwork © Paul Hair
Via me at The Loftus Party:

Espionage stories usually veer far away from reality in order to make things exciting. Fine. But I wanted to buck that trend (sort of). So I wrote “Presidential Pardon.” It’s set in a universe where superhumans exist, but apart from that, it includes some very realistic plot points, including one about how espionage works in the modern world. I made some flaws in executing this short tale, but it remains a solid story and it’s definitely worth your time to read. Here’s a bit more about it. (Minor spoilers ahead.)

“Presidential Pardon” is one of the 13 quick reads in Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice (December 2017). The major theme of the story is that it’s possible to do the right thing even when it seems like every choice will lead you to doing the wrong thing. For a bit about its conflict, see what I wrote about it last year here at The Loftus Party.

The plot involves protagonist (and superhuman) Adam White trying to figure out what to do after the government orders him to bring in a man who killed a traitor. What makes Adam’s conflict even harder is that journalists and others had turned that traitor into a hero, which amplified the damage he had done with his initial treason. . . .

Read the entire post at The Loftus Party.

Monday, February 11, 2019

‘It Doesn’t Affect You’ and How You Have No Idea What’s Coming

Excerpt of Cover Art for Appalling Stories
“Science, religion, culture, and morality are all separate.” No they’re not. But many people want us to believe they are, even as it’s becoming increasingly clear that they are all intertwined. The connection of all these things is one of the secondary themes of my short story “It Doesn’t Affect You.” If you haven’t read it yet, you should. It’s more relevant than ever and shows that most people have no idea what’s coming in our future. Two recent pop culture news items help show this too.

Newsbusters published “‘Supergirl’: Gender Transitioning When Young Affirms Your ‘Authentic Self’” on Jan. 27. And Bounding into Comics published “Transgender Actor Zach Barack to Play Peter Parker’s Classmate in Spider-Man: Far From Home” on Jan. 28.

Both stories reveal the fanaticism driving transgender activists. Both reveal that transgender activists are using children and young adults as a primary way of advancing their agenda.

You should be able to figure out some of where all this nonsense is heading by reading those two articles. And if you want to understand the situation even better, buy Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice and read “It Doesn’t Affect You.”

Nothing really shocks or surprises me any longer. We’ve passed the point-of-no-return ages ago.

Regrettably, I don’t believe many other people realize this.

Comedian Michael Loftus Talks about ‘Appalling Stories 2’ on His Podcast!

Artwork © Paul Hair
Comedian Michael Loftus is touring on the successful The Deplorables comedy tour. I write for his website and yesterday he had me on his podcast to talk about Appalling Stories 2!

I talk a lot about “The Order that Changed the World,” the tale I contributed to the anthology, on the podcast. But I also talk about the other stories as well. Better yet, Michael and I discuss the first Appalling Stories along with the importance of creating culture.

We also get into talking about a host of other subjects, including the possibility of starting to publish some fiction through The Loftus Party.

Head on over to The Loftus Party and listen to the podcast. And be sure to check out the new post I published at The Loftus Party about “The Order that Changed the World” and how it addresses the question, “What Would Happen if America Banned Guns?”

Thank you to everyone who has purchased Appalling Stories 2. Don’t forget to leave reviews at Amazon and to tell others about it!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Get ‘Em on the Kill List

Artwork © Paul Hair, 2019
Via Liberate Liberty:

This flash fiction tale takes place in a separate universe—one where superhuman individuals exist.

You can read more such stories in Mortal Gods: Ignition and Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice (see “Presidential Pardon”).

For those interested in continuity, this story takes place before the events of “The First Transgender Superhuman” (which appears in Mortal Gods: Ignition).

Here now, in 1,000 words or fewer, is “Get ‘Em on the Kill List.”


The man breathed hard, peering around the corner of the brick building. He pulled his head back and crouched, shuddering and whimpering, and covering his head with his hands.

Victoria White descended from the sky behind him. Her boots touched the ground, the leather groaning ever so slightly. “Drop your weapon and—”

The man yelped and spun around, his camouflage abilities starting to kick in. The yellow hammer and sickle on the red shirt of his uniform faded. The weapon he lowered at her did not.

Metallic energy screamed from Victoria’s fist and cut him into two pieces. She walked over and destroyed the communist’s rifle. He was Indian or Pakistani. They weren’t the white, Christian terrorists that her superiors had assessed they might be. . . .

Read the entire flash fiction story at Liberate Liberty.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Author: Traditional Publishing ‘Too Slow, Incestuous’

Excerpt of Crossing Over Cover
Author Paul Clayton has been writing fiction for 50 years.

Two of his latest works are “Crossing Over” and “Van Ripplewink: You Can’t Go Home Again.” He answered some questions from HiT about how technological and cultural changes have radically transformed the book publishing industry.

Full disclosure: Clayton and interviewer Paul Hair are both members of the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance.

HiT: Why did you become a fiction writer?

Paul Clayton: I’ve always enjoyed good books, and I believe that the books I took out of the library when I was a preteen could have saved my life.

We’d moved to a different neighborhood and my friends were all gone. I read Booth Tarkington’s Save“Penrod” series and also Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.” Books injected joy into my tortured ten-year-old soul, and I went to and from the library for a whole summer to get my fix.

I believe that it was Vietnam that made me a writer. After I graduated from high school, I went to work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Some of my buddies went to college, getting that crucial draft deferment. [I didn’t.] I was drafted. I went; I survived; I did not have a good time.

Eventually I met the (first) love of my life and she inspired me to go to college and pursue my desire to learn how to write.

And, I must add, my experience as a ground pounder in ‘Nam was burning inside like a bad case of acid reflux. I had to get it out, and I especially wanted to inflict it on those who had sent me, and those who had finagled their way out of going. And so began my quest to write and publish what would eventually be titled, “Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam.”

HiT: “Crossing Over” is an apocalyptic tale warning about current events. Reviewers mention that Mike (the protagonist) is an everyman who doesn’t pay much attention to politics. Is that correct? Also, does this describe many Americans, and has such a lack of attention contributed to why the nation seems to be disintegrating?

Clayton: Yes, I would say that that is a good description of Mike. And yes, I would say that describes about a third of Americans. But, I would not say that people like Mike are why we are currently in a “cold” civil war, and in danger of flipping over into a hot one. . . .

Read the entire interview at Hollywood in Toto.