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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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Blue Straggler Starlinks…

February 5th, 2009

A blue straggler is a kind of a star in cluster that stays on the main sequence longer than it should, straggling in its evolution.   The truth is that such a star is probably a merged binary and evolving differently than more isolated stars.

I came across this nice introduction to black holes and quasars with a lot of follow-up FAQs answered.   Black holes and quasars are the focus of my research and this is a good place to start learning if you really don’t know where to go first.

Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy writes about a new exoplanet discovered with only twice the diameter of the Earth.   As cool as black holes and quasars are, there’s part of me that wishes I was working on exoplanets.   It’s the dawn of a very cool age of discovery, and for me that early phase in a near field is very exciting, and more fun than later stages where work tends to more details and less fundamentals.

Jay Lake writes an insightful post about the psychotic persistance necessary to be a professional writer.   It’s what being able to fly or having a way to deal with bullets is to superheroes.

I’ll likely have another post later today that isn’t just a set of links.   I just hate when I have a starlinks post and then immediately see several really interesting links to add.   I only like to do starlinks a few times a week.   Anyway, stop your straggling here and resume your evolutionary path already!

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