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    Spider Star

    The human colony on the planet Argo has long explored and exploited the technology left behind by an extinct alien race. But then an archaeology team accidentally activates a terrible weapon...
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  • Praise for Star Dragon

    Spider Star

    "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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Aerobic Starlinks

August 14th, 2008


Runners live longer, healthier lives. Cool. Just did my first hour-long run in quite a while, and seem fully recovered from that Achilles tendon injury back in May.

Science is a good friend. And all the good and bad that that implies.

Phil Plait looks at why why don’t just point our telescopes at the lunar landers to shut up the idiots.

Home science under attack. I mean, what the fark is farking wrong with our undereducated government officials? I hope there is a lawsuit here and someone loses their job.

Mad scientists going too far.   Warning: gruesome.

Solar systems like ours rare? This is in keeping with ideas about giant planet migration. I think the conclusion is still premature, but keep watching this topic.

Americans not science-savvy enough to make rational decisions. Duh, unfortunately. I’ll keep doing my bit. And, moreover, the results of this survey are telling and I’m going to study them.

Science Fiction

Neal Stephenson on the name of his new novel.

Giant mechanical spider.

Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Dispossessed is one of my all-time favorites. Discussed on tor.com.


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