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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."
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    "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."
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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."
    -- Paul di Fillippo, SCI-FI.COM

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Sunday Starlinks

April 8th, 2012

I’ve got a bunch of older stuff, ancient by internet standards, but pretty good if you missed it.

Another scale of the universe thingee, this one by high school students.  I didn’t do anything quite that cool in high school.

Is Game of Thrones too white?  I don’t think so.  I think SyFy’s Wizard of Earthsea was too white.  Let’s have some standards when we’re going to call a whitewash a whitewash!

Just when I was getting used to teaching the giant impact origin of the moon, some evidence comes along to suggest that might not have been the case.  Ah, science, fickle lover.

Returning military dad stuns son showing up as Captain America.  Pretty cool!  Super sweet and touching video.  I teared up.

Bat Vader!  Totally awesome!

SFSignal reviews The Physics of Superheroes.  I like my copy.

Acknowledging the reality of climate change doesn’t make you a liberal.  And in less good anti-science news, not getting your kids vaccinated is screwing things up for other people and their babies.

Lawrence Krauss is pondering a universe without a purpose, while I am pondering purposeful homeschool resources for those without a brain.  There’s some seriously scary anti-scientific bullshit at the second link.  Remember, the big bang never happened and Jesus made the dinosaurs.  Seriously.  And the government in Tennessee is helping bring the stupid to public schools as well.

25 female scientists to celebrate.  Astronomers on the list, including Hypatia who said, “To teach superstitions as truth is a most terrible thing.”

Scooby Doo and Secular Humanism.  This should be what’s taught in schools!  It’s not a ghost, it’s a guy in a mask who would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids.  I’d like to see the Mystery Machine hit some churches and pull off the masks of the fear-mongering preachers carrying on about Hell and damnation.

And apparently people listen to not only their religious leaders, but their political leaders on science issues.  Unfortunately.

I called for a Journal of Null Results last week.  This article about cancer studies suggests that we also need a Journal of Verified Results.  And in a related topic, You are bitching about the wrong things when you read a science article.

I’ve linked to a lot of pro-space, pro-NASA articles involving Neil DeGrasse Tyson recently.  Here’s one from Phil Plait about spinoff technology.

Soviet Space Propaganda posters.

A nice image showing how far our radio signals have gone into the galaxy.

You’ll believe a man can fly…but you shouldn’t.

On quantum optics and quantum gravity.  Quantum.

I don’t think this will ever fly, but a fun idea for a science fiction story: engineering humans to combat climate change.

Toward a new prime directive.

Dark energy as repulsive gravity.

What if there were another advanced species?


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