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Seth Gordon’s personal site



I am an SF writer, a computer programmer, a father, a husband, a Jew, and a general factotum.

I have less hair than this guy but more than this one.

Where else to find me

My short fiction

“Very Truly Yours”, in Polu Texni, January–February 2009
“Soft Currency”, in Escape Pod, December 2014
“Pretend Virtual Husband”, in The Cockroach Conservatory: Vol. 1, July 2018

My blog, yesh omrim

See the front page here.

Recent posts

29 Nov 2014Yellow and purple: a parable of sexism

A faraway planet is populated by a sentient species that comes in two genetic varieties, the Yellows and the Purples. These two varieties are more or less equal in their physical and intellectual abilities, with one glaring difference: the Yellows periodically have to go to the bathroom, and the Purples do not.

29 Dec 2011They do not speak in my name, nor I in theirs

As the Midrash says, there are seventy faces of Torah. I have chosen to follow a certain path within Orthodox Judaism, but I’m willing to admit that other paths are also valid. In particular, if other Jewish men and women find spiritual benefit from practicing a higher level of gender segregation than I favor, they should live and be well. To paraphrase a certain Chinese sage, I tolerate those who are tolerant; I also tolerate those who are intolerant.

29 Nov 2011Putting the financial system in the red

Yesterday, Fred Wilson, a prominent New York venture capitalist, had some kind words for Bitcoin, the crypto-currency that is “mined” by computers solving progressively harder math problems:

18 Nov 2011When Scalzi called it “Omelas State University” he was being generous

A columnist for The Nation quotes a Penn State student defending Joe Paterno, the football coach who allegedly shielded a child rapist from the law:

17 Nov 2011Two cheers for government debt

If the Occupy Wall Street movement has done nothing else, it has pushed the mainstream media to actually talk about income inequality. Of course, now that the encampments have been rousted in New York, Oakland, and elsewhere, the punditocracy is free to return to its previous obsession, Teh Deficit. Better still, the Congressional deficit-busting “supercommittee” is approaching its deadline, with no deal in sight, so we can expect to see lots of hand-wringing about Congress’s bipartisan failure to reduce Teh Deficit.1