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Communicating with Aliens

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

It’s the time of the year when I start thinking about the schedule of activities for the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers.   Most of the things we’ve done have been very popular and successful, but there was one controversial thing last year that I probably won’t repeat, at least not in the same form. […]

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Astronomy in Science Fiction: “Lobsters” by Charlie Stross

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

First, I’m not picking on Charlie Stross particularly.   It’s just that I’d been meaning to read his work for many years now, and finally got the chance with the purchase of a Kindle.   In addition to a couple of his novels, I downloaded his award-nominated story “Lobsters” that I recall hearing many great things about. […]

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Free Launch Pad Inspired Story Online: Pointing at the Moon by Vlylar Kaftan

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Vylar Kaftan is a talented writer who attended Launch Pad in its first year, 2007.   She published a story in the Australian magazine Cosmos, which was in part inspired by the experience.   “Pointing at the Moon” is now available for free online.   Enjoy! Share/Bookmark

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Online Astronomy Resources for Writers

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

I throw a lot of links at the writers attending the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers. I usually do it on the fly before a lecture, or embedded within lecture slides. It made sense to pull them out and to put them in one place with a little organization. The idea is that these […]

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