Author Archives: Zay Smith


Summer reads in the news.
While supplies last. . . .
QT’s comic nuclear terrorism thriller: 60606
“I can’t tell you how charmed I was by it. It’s kind of a detective story. There’s a hint of the end of the world. . . .”
–Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio’s “After Hours.”
“60606 is Joseph Heller funny.”
–R.B., Omaha, Neb.
You can now receive QT’s latest short story, “A Day in the Life of Woody and Tree,” with a purchase, setting your own price, of QT’s novel 60606.
You can order at:
The ebook will be sent to you in PDF and versions compatible with Kindle, Nook and iBook.

It’s a small world, after all

News Headline: “UN says world population will hit 9.8 billion by 2050.”
For those interested in the most important news stories week that no one is paying attention to.

QT loud guy at the end of the bar update

News Headline:  “Carrier moving Trump jobs to Mexico.”
News Headline:  “Trump proposes immigration law that already exists.”
Note to Donald Trump’s followers:
Are you tired of all the winning yet?

From the QT Archive of Knowledge

+ President Clinton sent two emails while in office.
+ A 10-gallon hat holds three quarts.

High crimes and misdemeanors in the news

News Headline: “Trump: ‘I did not make, and do not have’ Comey tapes.”
And when President Trump says it, you can take it to the bank.
As long as it’s a Russian bank.

The poor will always be with us, unless, of course, they get sick

News Headline: “Tax breaks for wealthy, Medicaid cuts for low-income in Senate health-care bill.”
News Headline: “Trump says Senate draft bill needs ‘negotiation.’ ”
Nobody knew killing off sick people to make rich people richer could be so complicated.

The shining locker-room upon a hill

News Headline: “Trump seeks sharp cuts to housing aid, except for program that brings him millions.”
The system works.

QT Summer Travel Advisory

Tourists visiting the square at Rustaveli Street in Moscow can now view a monument to Soviet-era processed cheese.

QT trickle-on economics update

News Headline: “This is how the Trump administration will privatize our infrastructure.”
When you see the word “privatize” in a headline, substitute the word “loot.”
It gives a better sense of the story.

QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update

An “energetic sequence” of seismic activities at Yellowstone has now reached more than 430 earthquakes since June 12.
But most of the earthquakes are smallish.
And scientists reassure us that the odds against a major eruption within a year are 730,000 to 1.
In other news, a farmer in Rusper, England, is celebrating the birth of quintuplet lambs, beating odds of a million to 1.
“It’s quite unusual,” he said.