Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tentative Balticon Schedule

Still trying to straighten out a couple of double books, but here is my schedule:

Saturday 9am - The Future Of Government (Ugh, a 9am, but a great topic).
Saturday 2am - Signing

Sunday 1pm - Breaking Into Writing For RPG Gaming
Sunday 6pm - Reading
Sunday 8pm - Science Fiction: The Next 50 Years
Sunday 9pm - Loveable Rogues in Media Fiction
Sunday 10pm - Authorian Jargon: A Readers' Handbook

So, yes, I'm practically doing everything on Sunday, but I don't really care ;). This may be subject to some change/tweaking.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

All These Worlds Are Yours...

...except Europa. Attempt no landing there.

Arthur C. Clarke predicted that life could evolve on Europa's moon if Jupiter was suddenly turned into a small sun. While that part is a little ridiculous (IMO), Europa remains one of the most likely candidates for a life harboring world in this system other than the one we're standing on. The latest study indicates that Europa may have the same ratio of hydrogen and oxygen as Earth.

And here's the thing?

Earth didn't have an oxygen atmosphere until after certain forms of life evolved. So...free oxygen may be a major signifier of our kind of life.

Which makes me wary of the idea of landing there.


Monday, May 23, 2016

A Florida brewery...

...has invented edible six pack rings. The point is that they'll feed wildlife instead of being a pollutant, but...how many frat boys are going to sample them?


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Meet Victor Prince...

The male lead of Falling Dusk is ready to answer all of your questions if you go to thedeskofvictorprince.tumblr.com (I'll be keeping it up as long as it seems people are amused by it ;)).

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Not Quite There For Dragon

Although the latest Dragon landing was successful, the booster is apparently not in a usable state to be re-flown. The damage was apparently done during re-entry.

Instead, it will be used in testing to help make the next booster more able to take high speed and heat. We're still making progress.

And don't forget - Falling Dusk hits the electronic shelves this Friday! (The print version is still in the works, but I had an issue with a lost proof that's set me back slightly).

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

RIP Andre Brahic

French astronomer Andre Brahic died on Sunday. He was William Hubbard's partner - the two discovered Neptune's rings. He worked on NASA Voyager and the US-Europe Cassini missions.

Brahic was also a teacher and writer, a professor at the University of Paris. His last book - Worlds Elsewhere; Are We Alone - was published only last year. He came from a coal-mining village, Petit-Brahic, in southern France. (The similarity between the last name and the place name, for the curious, probably indicates that his family had been there a very long time).

He did good work.