Talking with the late Valentin Berezhkov, former personal
interpreter for Iosif Stalin, at a 1998 conference in Riverside, CA
(Zamira and Selim in background)
30 articles on world literature, science fiction and other topics, including:
"Ivan the Worker" (Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich), published in Modern Fiction Studies No. 1, Spring 1977, 4-30. One way to maintain dignity within a brutal system. (Supported by a summer grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1976.)
"News vs. Fiction: Reflections on Prognostication," published in Storm Warnings: Science Fiction Confronts the Future, ed. by George Slusser, Colin Greenland & Eric Rabkin (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987), 211-231, 261-264. About how we can't predict the future.
"The Triumph of Teen-Prop: Terminator II and the End of History," published in Nursery Realms: Children in the Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999), 48-69. A dissection of the teen-propaganda film.
"How Uncle Joe Bugged FDR," published in Studies in Intelligence, vol. 47, No. 1, 2003, 19-31. About President Roosevelt's insecure visits to Teheran (Nov. 1943) and Yalta (Feb. 1945), with inside info from Stalin's interpreter, Valentin Berezhkov.
"Bjørneboe's Great Failure: The History of Bestiality," published in Genre At the Crossroads: The Challenge of Fantasy, edited by George Slusser and Jean-Pierre Barricelli (Riverside: Xenos Books, 2003), 198-222. A survey and commentary on the Norwegian novelist's trilogy decrying man's inhumanity to man.
"Ivan Yefremov and the Strugatsky Brothers: Models and Anti-Models of Russian Science Fiction," written for a collection of articles on the Strugatsky brothers yet to be published. Contrasts the monistic and pluralistic visions of the authors in question.
"Kill or Capture, Torture or Deceive," published December 2011 in Washington Decoded. A response to Bush administration claims that its Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (torture) helped in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, with special reference to non-coercive interrogation techniques practiced by Matthew Alexander in the hunt for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
"The Zero Dark Thirty Phenomenon: Heroism, Torture and Propaganda," published February 2013 in The Montréal Review. A review of the controversial film Zero Dark Thirty with a survey of the social, political and intelligence issues involved.