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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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I Love My Job

October 5th, 2012

I’ve had another busy week that has dragged in places, and there were some issues with the website for a couple of days, but I wanted to remind myself today that I love my job and shouldn’t take it for granted.

That’s probably true of a lot of people reading this as well.

The coolest job in the world often starts to feel like just “work” as we get accustomed to it as normal.  Even if it’s not a bad job we actively loathe (and I’ve worked in fast food), we can sleep walk through a good job sometimes.

I have a lot of annoying things I have to do, dealing with small problems, advising students who don’t seem to care as much as they should, grading, faculty meetings, writing grant reports, etc.  Still, when I’m teaching, I get to teach about alien planets, stars, black holes, and lots of really cool stuff.  How many people get to do that on a daily basis?  My research is self-motivated and driven by my own curiosity.  No one tells me what to work on.  Heck, no one even tells me what hours I have to keep.  I’ve got it really good.  I mean, really, really good.

I know it, but don’t always think of it when I’m bogged down with a tedious week involving less of the cool stuff and more of the bureaucratic stuff.  This afternoon, for instance, I get to go to a seminar about better weighing black holes in the centers of active galaxies….given by my own graduate student about our work.  I’ll give my own version of that talk in a few weeks at a meeting in a resort town in the mountains of southern Brazil.  Life is good, and I have every reason to be excited and enthusiastic about what I’m doing.  Sometimes you hear astronomers say things like, “I have to go to Hawaii again…” and mean it, when they should always be saying, “I get to go to Hawaii again and do some exciting science!”

I wish everyone got to do something that they’re passionate and excited about.  If you’re one of the lucky ones like me, don’t take it for granted.  Take a minute today to appreciate it.



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