Friday, February 24, 2017

Redcaps are real?

Well, the Brazilian version anyway, which is not nearly as creepy as the bloodthirsty European gnomes who dye their caps in the blood of their enemies. This one only uses its cap to disappear.

They're called saci and they're now "real" - because some scientist has named a small, rather elusive opossom with a red head after them.

Check out the cute.


And read more here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Seven earths?

(As opposed to Neal Stephenson's Seveneves which, sorry Neal, I didn't like that much). The Trappist system is now up to seven "earth-like" planets - by which we mean rockballs about the same size as Earth, not necessarily habitable. Although several are in the habitable zone.

One has to wonder how different the development of a species would be if there were other habitable planets in the same system. Or better yet, inhabited...

How would we react to Mars if the canals had been real?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Upcoming Release

"Letting Go" will be released in audio form by Centropic Oracle on March 3 - they said they're very pleased with the recording. I can't wait to hear it!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Farpoint Roundup

Awesome convention! (Except for the hot water issues, which the hotel was scrambling to fix, so I can forgive. Oh, and the fire alarm. What is it with me and fire alarms at conventions? At least it wasn't single digits when I had to go outside in a not-particularly-warm costume).

Highlights, let's see.

Kathleen David was in a rather, shall we say, difficult situation on the Doctor Who panel - I'd like to give her a shout out for being a good sport about it.

I only made it to one science panel, but it was a good one about microscopy and astrobiology.

Enver Gjokaj, you are absolutely hilarious and awesome.

Thanks to everyone who swung by my signing table and said hi, even if you didn't buy anything (At one point I was buried behind Keith DeCandido's bears...).

Oh, and some truly awesome costumes too.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Off To Farpoint

Leaving a bit later today - if anyone's there a day early, you'll probably be able to find me in the bar (where else) this evening.

I'll be back some time on Monday.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Does God...

...play dice with the universe? You decide. Some people think this asteroid looks like a D20. I'm not so sure...

http://www.themarshalltown.com/nasa-captures-images-of-asteroid-that-resembles-dungeons-and-dragons-dice/21438

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Citizen Science Alert

The Carnegie Institute just released a database of 61,000 doppler measurements of 1,600 nearby stars. And there's an app to let you take a look at them - and possibly find your very own exoplanet.

If that sounds like fun go here to check it out.