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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."
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    "Star Dragon is terrific fare, offering readers a fusion of hard science and grand adventure."
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    "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."
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Sunday Starlinks

April 11th, 2010

Another big pile of starlinks here for Sunday.

From Popular Mechanics, the best in armchair astronomy.   Includes commercial and academic sites.

Spike gives us the Top Seven Hottest Female Movie Geeks.   Pretty good list.

15 Techie Wristwatches Worth Wearing.   A slideshow, but some watches worth checking out, I think.

Church of the Sub-Genius awaits the end of the world, again, on July 5: X-day.

Boy, am I behind on this one, at least in internet time.   First impressions of the (unfortunately named) iPad.   I have a couple of friends who have gotten them, and have heard positive things from them, although I haven’t checked one out myself just yet.

The story about the Battlefield Earth script.   Interesting.   Apparently a terrible movie, and I have avoided it like the space plague.

Another story about conservatives lying (about healthcare reform in this instance).

A science guy who has been disappointed with his two latest science fiction reads: The Quiet War by Paul McAuly and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemsin (which is fantasy and not science fiction, I believe).   I’m reading The Quiet War myself, and while I find a lot of interesting things about it, it’s been a major slog, with the style being too slow and distant for my taste.   Lots of summarizing, not enough cultural detail in some respects.

The power of math can defeat traffic tickets! Cool story.   It’s actually more akin to science than math…maybe applied math.

James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia hypothesis, not so optimistic about the state of Earth.

Tiny Cube to Tackle Space Junk.   I’d call it Quark.   (Obscure?)

io9 gives us the biggest tear-jerkers in the science fiction pantheon.   Some good choices.

The worst science journalism ever? (Doubt it, but a good candidate!)

And finally, creativity and fundamentalism may be as incompatible as science and religion.


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