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    "Seldom does a storytelling talent come along as potent and fully mature as Mike Brotherton. His complex characters take you on a voyage that is both fiercely credible and astonishingly imaginative. This is Science Fiction."
    -- David Brin

    "Star Dragon is terrific fare, offering readers a fusion of hard science and grand adventure."
    -- Locus Magazine

    "Star Dragon is steeped in cosmology, the physics of interstellar travel, exobiology, artificial intelligence, bioscience. Brotherton, author of many scientific articles in refereed journals, has written a dramatic, provocative, utterly convincing hard science sf novel that includes an ironic twist that fans will love."
    -- Booklist starred review

    "Readers hungry for the thought-provoking extrapolation and rigorous technical detail of old-fashioned hard SF are sure to enjoy astronomer Brotherton's first novel."
    -- Publishers Weekly

    "Mike Brotherton, himself a trained astrophysicist, combines the technical acuity and ingenuity of Robert Forward with the ironic, postmodern stance and style of M. John Harrison. In this, his debut novel, those twin talents unite to produce a work that is involving on any number of levels. It's just about all you could ask for in a hardcore SF adventure."
    -- Paul di Fillippo, SCI-FI.COM

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The Importance of Science in our Lives

June 6th, 2008

Brian Green has an op-ed in the New York Times speaking about the personal importance of science in our lives.   It is a good article, and meaningful, in my opinion.   Science has enabled you to read this post, but it has also done so much more.   Reflect on that.

Sometimes I feel like I’m a lucky bastard who gets paid to play full time.    But that’s not true.   The value of science isn’t in the dollars or the results.   It’s in the quest, and the understanding.

I’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of government money making incremental advances in understanding quasars.   To what end?   To every end.   This is the quest, to understand the universe, for the world.   Some one should be figuring this stuff out, and it costs what it costs.   It’s about more than making a living or the American Dream.   It’s about understanding who we are and our place in the universe.

I care about this.   It is important.   It does matter.   And it costs what it costs.   We need to know in a meaningful way, true things, and this is the way.   Let’s all enjoy it.


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