• Spider Star

    Spider Star

    The human colony on the planet Argo has long explored and exploited the technology left behind by an extinct alien race. But then an archaeology team accidentally activates a terrible weapon...
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  • Praise for Star Dragon

    Spider Star

    "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

Sunday, 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 […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Ukrainian astronomers named a star, roughly translated, “Putin is a dickhead.” New class of stars are entirely metal? Note that “metal” means not hydrogen of helium to an astronomer. Note also that this is an expectation from theory, and not actually a known empirical reality. A previously announced exoplanet in its system’s “Goldilocks zone” debunked. […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, 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 […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Make science, not war! How will we decide which planets to terraform? Kirk Cameron continues to let his religion improperly lead his reason. Click through if you want to see his less than scientific thoughts on our sun. Coffee machines in spaaaaace! Scientists totally confirm Ouija Board’s spooky powers! Not exactly…but interesting. Stephen Hawking wary […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Been keeping busy here. Distracted by some things good and bad. Still, I want to maintain blogging and keeping track of links of interest to me and hopefully some others. The difference between normal people and scientists in an xkcd comic. The comic gets this one right. Chess, the once and future menace to society. […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

I’ve been busy and stressed with a telescope proposal deadline, a week of observing up at WIRO, generally keeping up with the new course I’m teaching, and another half dozen smaller things, so blogging has taken a back seat. Let me jump in the back seat to catch up on some things I’ve been watching […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Missed last week — busy for good and bad reasons, both. ¬†Nothing serious, just busy. Can quasars prove free will? I’m not sure, but read the article for yourself. Mars in true color. Detecting planetary atmospheres, including water. Ten ways Star Trek isn’t Star Trek anymore. I have to say just the style and philosophy […]

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Late Monday Starlinks

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Over at Amazing Stories I explain, contrary to poll results, that astrology is not scientific. Someone doesn’t agree with me. A possible dark matter detection signal. After looking more closely…wake me in another decade. Still, a nice example of real science and the real difficulties. Professors, we need you! I’m doing my part, but there […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

First, I wanted to let everyone know that Launch Pad is now accepting applications for the 2014 July 13-20th workshop until March 15. Please be encouraged to pass on the word to writers and other creators/editors who might want a crash course in modern astronomy with an emphasis on communicating scientific concepts. Launch Pad alumnus […]

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Monday Starlinks

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Took time off Sunday to watch the Superbowl. Living near Denver, I support the Broncos. They needed a lot more than my support. Let’s start with the highlight for me, a preview for COSMOS: And…a 1976 letter from Neil deGrasse Tyson to Carl Sagan. Overblown statements in press releases undermine science. Yeah, I understand the […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

I’m teaching a new class this semester (Physics 1 for Engineers) and it has been taking a lot of time to get up to speed here, keeping me from doing much more than the weekly link post. Hope that will change soon. I have various bits of news (e.g., new funding for Launch Pad and […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Busy week with classes resuming and a small chest cold. Still, some cool stuff happening at various places online: Standard cosmic rulers calibrated to 1%. No, it’s cooler than it sounds (I have a friend intimately involved), although no cosmic nuns. The Millennium Simulation Project and the Virgo Cluster. If you want to simulate an […]

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