Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Balticon!

I'll be heading out pretty early tomorrow.

I'll mostly either be in panels or, well, the bar. They're using me a lot this year (and I love it).

I will have books for sale at my signing and hopefully at the New Media party (although I'm scheduled across the first hour) on Saturday night.

Hoping to see a bunch of you there.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Can we save the planet...

...by making more CO2.

This counterintuitive approach is the idea that we should pull methane out of the atmosphere in areas where it is concentrated (such as landfills and dairy farms) and turn it into CO2 and release it.

But wait, CO2 is bad.

Yes, it is, but it's not nearly as bad as methane. So, it's possibly a tool in the playbook.

Monday, May 20, 2019

So...

...the primary sign of habitability is an atmosphere and liquid water.

Pluto, it turns out, has both.

Yup, Pluto has a trace of an atmosphere and that is helping an underground ocean stay liquid. It also involves flammable ice, because things get strange in the outer reaches of the solar system.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Only in modern America...

...would the death of a cat be front page news.

Oh wait, it was front page news on the BBC too.

Grumpy Cat has died. The Grumpy Cat. And it's sad, because he was only seven (young for a kitty).

But it also says something about our society that an animal can reach the heights of celebrity as to get the same treatment as famous humans.

I mean, I'm literally seeing Grumpy Cat obits on Fox, the New York Times, CNN, People, NPR, the Verge.

Daily Mail, that rag, has it as live updating.

And of course I have to.


Okay.

I'm going to miss her too. I'm as bad as the rest of us.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

If you've...

...ever had to deal with bedbugs, you know they're hard to kill.

Scientists have now discovered the little critters were around before the extinction event that destroyed the dinosaurs.

No wonder they're a pest control nightmare...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Small Roundup

First of all, I got this review for Falling Dusk. It's at the top of the page. Always good to know somebody enjoyed my work!

Tales from the Old Black Ambulance will be released on Memorial Day, containing my story "Hearse."

Paradise City is in formatting, but has no formal release date. It contains my story "In the Company of Cats." All proceeds from this anthology will go towards Scott Pond's medical and other expenses - he's recovering from cancer.

I'll be reading from one of these stories at Balticon Short Bites. I haven't decided which one yet, leaning towards the Paradise City story as it has such a strong Balticon connection, but Hearse is a lot of fun too.

I've turned in galleys on my next Analog story, "The Waters of a New World." I think this one is better than "Temple of Children" by quite a bit.

And I signed a contract for Mad Scientist Journal to publish "The Voice" in what will sadly be their last anthology, I Didn't Break The Lamp.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The moon is shrinking...

...but don't be alarmed. It's not shrinking quickly. However, we thought it had stopped that stuff a long time ago.

The data that establishes that the moon is still shrinking came, believe it or not, from modern analysis of data gathered by seisometers...left by the Apollo missions.

(No, it was not all a publicity stunt).