Thomas Johnson Articles


Burning Bridge

When Turkey cleansed its lands of Christians.
Dec 21, 2015

Though the release of The Great Fire was probably timed to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide, this scholarly yet engaging account is concerned with the September 1922 burning of Smyrna, following its occupation by the Turkish nationalist army, and the mass slaughter of between 10,000 and 100,000 Christian Greeks and Armenians.

Lou Ureneck, who teaches journalism at Boston University, laments that "the story of Smyrna .  .  .

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In the Comfort Zone

Beating the heat with the help of technology
Nov 17, 2014

Air conditioning is a hot topic in the nation’s capital.

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Obsessive Compulsive

Stories of the macabre, the unnatural, and the deeply eccentric.
Jul 16, 2012

Our author, professor of creative writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is apparently a huge nerd, and the title of his first short story collection allows the science fiction-savvy reader to discern this fact upfront. Omicron Ceti III is the name of the planet featured in the Star Trek episode entitled “This Side of Paradise,” and separate quotations from the episode act as epigraphs to the three sections that make up this collection of nine stories. 

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