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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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    "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."
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Sunday Starlinks

June 29th, 2014

Astrology is bad for you, mmm’kay?

Do we have the speed of light wrong? I doubt it, and I’m very skeptical of the argument put forward in the link. Basically we expect neutrinos to get out of exploding supernovas faster than the light. Neutrinos fly through matter. Light is scattered. It takes time for the light to emerge. It is expected to lag the neutrinos so it becomes an issue of how much, not that it happens. What’s more likely — we have an uncertain lag time or have a very huge fundamental mistake concerning something that’s been closely considered.

Astronomers making progress on dark matter by studying galaxy clusters in the X-ray.

Physicists simulate time travel. Science fiction writers have been doing that for a while already. Another take, focusing on the grandfather paradox.

SpaceX to remain focused on Mars.

Scientist offers $10,000 to any denier who can offer scientific proof that human-induced climate change is not happening. Don’t expect anyone to collect any time soon…or ever. In any event, this satellite should help get a clearer picture about CO2. And if you want to make a difference, go vegetarian.

The category of science news that seems most prone to problems is health science. Here’s an article about how to interpret health science news.

The military now has X-ray guns. Move along, citizen…

And Facebook scientists experiment on you already.

Secrets of the Creative Brain. Not all the secrets are good. Starts with the case of Kurt Vonnegut, FYI. Also has this choice quote: “Doing good science is … like having good sex. It excites you all over and makes you feel as if you are all-powerful and complete.”

America’s culture of ignorance compared to Asia’s culture of intelligence, not favorably. Isaac Asimov cited in the opening of the article. Neil deGrasse Tyson has some advice about this issue.

First exoskeleton wearers might be the wheelchair bound. Maybe they’ll be the first superheroes, too. I’m thinking of a story involving a military vet…

The bad science of World War Z. Some of these thoughts came to mind when I watched the movie, too. Still, overall I enjoyed a big budget look at fast zombies, even if it doesn’t bear closer scrutiny (and it doesn’t).

Gollum spotted! For reals!

Dr. Who tops list of 250 science fiction moments. Like most polls, we get recent entries that haven’t stood the test of time yet, but some that do. Here’s the top ten:

1. DOCTOR WHO The Doctor and Rose say farewell at Bad Wolf Bay in “Doomsday”
2. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE “Puny god!” The Hulk owns Loki
3. ALIEN The chestburster
4. FIREFLY Mal Reynolds kicks a bad guy into Serenity’s engine intake (“The Train Job”)
5. STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Luke learns that Darth Vader is his father
6. BLADE RUNNER Roy Batty’s “Tears in rain” speech
7. GAME OF THRONES The Red Wedding: “The Lannisters send their regards”
8. THE MATRIX Neo dodges bullets in the bullet-time scene
9. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE Dumbledore’s death
10. BACK TO THE FUTURE “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads”

The Marvel Comics map of the world.

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