Essays at Troynovant:
mining the prismatic
veins of Knowledge;
listed by Title, S-Z

These essays range in length from squibs to fairly substantial treatments; and in substance from humorous to polemical, from expository to analytical. The title or first paragraph should tell you what you're looking at, if not necessarily what you're in for.

Some essays are essentially reviews of books or films, perhaps more scholarly, but at any rate delving more extensively into detail or applying particular theoretical criteria. These are more likely to include significant plot spoilers than our regular reviews. If so, we assume you've read the books or seen the films discussed therein, but we do try to indicate that up front.

<=  Essays by Title, M-R

Sarah Churchill and The Rules for Dating RW Franson
Say's Law
  or the Law of Markets
WH Stoddard
Schmitz's ComWeb
  Early SF Desktop Computers & Internet
RW Franson
Schooling by Rubber Hose
  Joetown, West Virginia, circa 1912
PL Monroe
Seeking Chivalry and Finding Serenity S Farrell
Self-Published Authors
  in the Printed-Paper Era
RW Franson
Shadow Cabinet, A Constitutionalists'
  Focusing & Rallying Pro-Constitution Forces
RW Franson
  Mortality and Memory in Middle-Earth
WH Stoddard
Sing, Earthly Muse
  Music in Ayn Rand's Aesthetics
WH Stoddard
Sons of the Pioneers
  Music on Your Desktop
RW Franson
Stearns-Knight Automobiles
WR Franson
Statistics and Environmentalists
  The Case of Bjorn Lomborg
RW Franson
Stolyarov's Wager
  An Atheist's Response to Pascal's Wager
G. Stolyarov II
Strategies from the Past: Boycott
  Non-Political Persuasion in Society
W McElroy
Streamlining WR Franson
Structural Aspects of Atlas Shrugged LH Hunt
Sudetenland and Anti-Nazi Options
  Points on Central Europe, 1936-1938
RW Franson
Switchboard Girls with Gas Masks
  Calm and Secret Heroism
RW Franson

Telzey Amberdon series
  James H. Schmitz
RW Franson
Temeraire series
  Naomi Novik
WH Stoddard
Thanksgiving Rolled Under
  Black Friday and Forwarding the Day
RW Franson
There Ought Not to Be a Law W McElroy
Thus Spoke Howard Roark
  The Transformation of Nietzschean Ideas
  in The Fountainhead
LH Hunt
Titles for the Common Words
  Shakespearean Riches in a Little Room
RW Franson
Tolkien and Chivalry S Farrell
Tribute to Franson's Motor News, A RW Franson

Watching Off-Center
  Joss Whedon's Firefly and Serenity
RW Franson
Weapon Shop series
  A. E. van Vogt
RW Franson
Were It Not for America
  1940-1945 / 2011
J Myrdal
Western and the West, The K Spell
What Is America? WH Stoddard
What's With These Apologies?
  Teaching Firearms as Useful Tools
KA Graham
When is a Fish also a Sport? S Farrell
Where is Tom Swift, Now that We Need Him? R Grube
Why I Am Not a Utilitarian
  Values and the Ethical Life
WH Stoddard
Why Superheroes Wear Capes WH Stoddard
Why Teenage Girls Love Vampires
  Hayashi's Theory
SK Hayashi
Why the Mailman Cuts Across Your Lawn
  and Other Programmers' Shortcuts
RW Franson
Win At All Costs S Farrell

Zarathustra as Blues Singer
  If Ever You Wanted One Thing Twice
RW Franson
Zenith and Decline
  The Hanseatic League and the Teutonic Order
  in the Late 14th and Early 15th Centuries
JM Franson

Essays by Title, A-B  =>

Alas, 'tis true, I have gone here and there
And made myself a motley to the view,
Gored mine own thoughts, sold cheap what is most dear,
Made old offences of affections new.

Most true it is that I have look'd on truth
Askance and strangely. But, by all above,
These blenches gave my heart another youth,
And worse essays proved thee my best of love.

William Shakespeare
Sonnets, 110


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