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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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Launch Pad 2012 Guest Instructor will be Geoffrey Landis

August 29th, 2011

Geoffrey Landis, multiple Hugo and Nebula award winning author and NASA scientist, will be the Launch Pad Guest Instructor for 2012.  Dates are not yet determined, but likely the 2nd or 3rd week of July as usual.  Applications will open March 1 as usual as well.

Personally, I’m thrilled.  Geoffrey Landis is the kind of skilled writer and knowledgeable space scientist who can bring a lot to the workshop.

Right now, 2012 is the last year I have funding for the workshop, although I hope to secure more in the next year.  We’ll see.

And as for 2011, I want to highlight a recent newpaper article by participant Jennifer Willis that emerged as a direct result of the workshop: With no light pollution, they’ve got stars in their eyes.  Jerry Oltion is quoted.


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