Kim Pederson

Kim Pederson has been a freelance writer and editor since 1996. Prior to that, he was Senior Editor with Charles River Associates, an international economics consulting firm. Kim earned a B.A. in English (Honors) from the University of Montana and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop. His plays have won awards and been produced in Seattle and other locations; his screenplays have won awards and been optioned, and he has done work-for-hire scripts for film production companies. Kim lives in Key West with his wife Kalo and two Maine coon cats, VeuDeu and Pazuzu.

Feb 242018
Full Stop

by Kim Pederson……. “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” This quote opens Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. In the initial paragraph of Chapter 1, he starts out rather biblically with this scielation [scientific revelation]: In the beginning, nearly fourteen billion years ago, all the space and all the matter and all the energy in the known universe was contained in a volume less than one trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence. Our minuscule [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #257, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Feb 182018
What’s the Body Count, Kenneth?

by Kim Pederson……. In Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film Kill Bill Volume 1, 95 people lose their lives in one way or another, most of them (76) cut down by Uma Thurman’s katana-wielding character The Bride. In Robert Rodriguez’ 2007 film Grindhouse: Planet Terror, 281 humans die, most of them gruesomely. No, I didn’t watch these movies with a counter in my hand clicking off each death. These numbers are easily available, believe it or not, at While not blockbusters, both films were box office successes. In [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #256, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Feb 112018
So Why Aren’t I Rich Yet?

by Kim Pederson……. There must be someone or something I can blame for my failure to reach the 1% (or the 5% or the 10%, etc., etc.). It can’t be me. I want to be wealthy as much as the next person (feel free to insert your own definition of “wealthy”—I have mine). As evidence for this, President Trump has kindly informed us that all Americans are dreamers, as in we all want the American Dream to come true. Just to ensure we are on [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #255, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jan 272018
The Monster Under the Bed

by Kim Pederson……. In the opening moments of “Listen,” the fourth episode of Season 8 of the revived Doctor Who series, the Doctor, alone and killing time, asks himself and answers this question: “Why do we talk out loud even when we know we’re alone? Conjecture – because we know we’re not.” The Doctor further conjectures that there are entities with the perfect ability to hide, except when they don’t want to hide, and that those creatures might be the ones we envision living under our beds, [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #253, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Dec 292017
For Those Who Need More Holidays

by Kim Pederson……. The other night at Full Metal Trivia at Mary Ellen’s, several of the questions were about Festivus, including on what date does Festivus occur? We didn’t know the date, or any of the other answers for that matter. As it turns out, Festivus is today, December 23. The holiday, or perhaps anti-holiday is a better term, is a secular one created by the father of a Seinfeld writer as “an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season.” If you celebrate [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #249, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Dec 222017
Down for the Count

by Kim Pederson……. Last night, as I was shaking out fiber capsules from a plastic bottle, about to take them as part of my seemingly endless pursuit of regularity, I looked at my palm and saw five caps resting there preingestate. Yes, I thought, five capsules is the amount I want. But then I thought, how do I know there are five and how do I even know what five is? The obvious answer is that someone taught me how to count and to recognize [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #248, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Dec 152017
Getting a Head of Ourselves

by Kim Pederson……. In his story “Second Person, Present Tense” (published in the November Clarkesworld), Daryl Gregory starts with two quotations. One of these is from standup comic Emo Phillips: “I used to think the brain was the most important organ in the body, until I realized who was telling me that.” Its presence there becomes clear as you read on in the text. Briefly, narrator Terry was a girl named Therese who overdosed on Zen, a drug described as “a kind of arty, designer escape [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #247, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Dec 082017
A M**D Case of Brain Splatter

by Kim Pederson……. Punctuation marks. What’s their story? In the endless search (mine anyway) for the strange and wonderful, they certainly qualify. Sure, we know the period, the comma, the question mark, and the exclamation mark. But what about the guillemet, the solidus, the octothorpe, and the obelus? Each one has its own specific role in our language and its own history. Today, for no discernible reason, I’ve focused my less-than-laser-like attention on the asterisk, or, as it is better known, the *. The asterisk, [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am issue #246, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Dec 012017
An Unheard Voice from Beyond

by Kim Pederson……. As with any calendar day chronicled on Wikipedia, November 26 sports a long list of distinctive events that happened on this date, beginning with the imprisonment of Asturian queen Adosinda in 783 and ending with the launch of the Mars rover Curiosity in 2011. Out of all these moments in time, the one that caught my eye was this from 1977: “An unidentified hijacker named Vrillon, claiming to be a representative of the ‘Ashtar Galactic Command,’ takes over Britain’s Southern Television for six minutes, [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #245 No Responses »
Nov 242017
As If Things Aren’t Bad Enough

by Kim Pederson……. I read recently that the Totten Glacier (TG) in Antarctica may not be long for this world. Described in a Verge article by Alessandra Potenza as “a sort of canary in the coal mine,” the TG, located in East Antarctica, “contains so much ice it could raise sea levels by at least 11 feet if it all melted—and research now shows the ice is retreating because of warmer-than-usual waters brought by strong winds.” (If you need a climate-change chill, these animated maps from The New York Times demonstrate [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #244, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Nov 172017
Are You Alive?

by Kim Pederson……. Last week on Late Night, Stephen Colbert did a rather lame segment on sex with robots. He took the opportunity to tell the world that a company is manufacturing sexbots and selling them for as much as $15,000. Today, these are just glorified sex dolls with voice recordings, what Kate Devlin describes as looking like “bad 1980s store mannequins” in her TED Talk “Sex Robots.” But the company producing them claims that eventually they will have artificial intelligence and become increasingly more humanlike in [continue reading…]

 November 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #243, Kim Pederson 1 Response »