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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 Sunday Starlinks

July 13th, 2014

Short list for today — got a lot to do with the workshop commencing! Let’s get started…

First, a taste of science in my subfield: NASA’s WISE findings poke hole in black hole doughnut theory. As with most contradictory ideas, false dichotomy is false and we probably just need a more nuanced understanding.

Common science myths most people believe. With Lucy coming out and the stupid “humans only use 10% of their brains” nonsense, this is timely.

BBC instructs staff to stop staging “debates” with the anti-science fringe. Sometimes there aren’t two equal sides that both deserve equal time. The balance point of a seesaw is not necessarily in the middle.

16 Weird Toys for Kids. Quite a few are SF/F/H themed, at least the way I see them. Certainly the zombie monster car is cool! Tooth monster is also awesome. (Slideshow, sorry.)

Stan Lee’s Legacy. A fair look at Marvel’s Stan Lee.

The problem isn’t America’s colleges, it’s America’s students. I tend to agree — read the article and the demographics issues before disagreeing.


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