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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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Sunday Starlinks

December 30th, 2012

I prefer astronomy to biology, but I’m willing to share Eric Idle’s talents, revamping the Galaxy Song for biology.

25 Most anticipated movies of 2013 include a lot of science fiction: Pacific Rim, Man of Steel, Ender’s Game, Star Trek Into Darkness, etc…

Sci-Fi quotes of the year.  Here’s one:  “Seeing Yoda advertise Vodafone is like seeing a picture of my grandmother in a phone box, advertising cut price blow jobs.” Simon Pegg

Greatest Science Fiction Porn Movies of All Time (ok, just 1961-1991 at the link).  Same author, the always interesting Charlie Jane Anders, also offers the weirdest and sexiest costumes from Star Trek.

First “Alien Earth” will be found in 2013, experts say, says Fox News.  Well, odds are good, but I’m betting it’ll be decades before we can say more than it’s the right size at the right distance from the right kind of star.  I mean, if we found Venus around another main sequence G star, we’d be touting “Earth 2″ but Venus is NOT Earth-like, is it?

What kind of dinosaur meat would taste best?  A great, science-based article a science fiction writer can sink his teeth into.

Space tourism lacks medical standards.  Yeah…haven’t really needed them yet.

New Orleans making some moves to keep Creationism OUT of schools.  I could use more stories like these out there!

Science, the public, and the history of science.  A minor kerfuffle involving scientists and science historians/philosophers and public policy.  I’m biased, and tend to side with the scientists.  The social side has a bad history when it comes to understanding science, but that’s no reason to discount all sides of the discussion on the present issue.

How animals see.  This is a must read for anyone thinking about aliens and how they may see.

From Cracked.com: Six insane superstitions still with us, and Four Dangerous Dimwits.

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