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    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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Superheroic Science!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

I took the weekend off the big proposal deadline Friday. I’ll do a starlinks post soon, but in the meantime, the video of my recent talk in Gillette, WY, on the science of superheroes is now available. Enjoy! Comments welcome. Share/Bookmark

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Awesome Dinosaur Prank!

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I’ve embedded a couple of videos in the recent past from a Brazilian TV show featuring some elaborate and awesome pranks.  Well, the style is not so subtle, but this entry from Japan is totally amazing.  Check it out here or below! A fun and more substantial post coming soon.   Share/Bookmark

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What it looks like leaving Earth in a spacecraft for real

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Thank you NASA’s Messenger Mission!   Share/Bookmark

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Science Music Videos Two Ways

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The first is a NASA parody of Gangnam style: The second, without the millions of hits of the former, is from an innovative education program: I still miss Hubble Gotchu though…is that still available somewhere? It’s been pulled from the places I can find.   Share/Bookmark

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More Videos from Starship Century

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

As Rogerio Penna noted in the last post, I neglected day 2 videos that were posted.  Here they are.  Enjoy and consider purchasing the anthology. Below are the videos from May 22nd in scheduled order. Videos from May 21st. Adam Crowl – Starship Concepts James Benford – Sailships John Cramer – Exotic Paths to the […]

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Ironman 3 Today!

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Here’s the trailer: My wonderful wife, knowing nothing about the villain of the movie, insists that we eat Chinese tonight out at the Mandarin. Seriously! It amuses me…   Share/Bookmark

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Dark Dungeon!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

OK, this is funny and awful at the some time, but it makes me think: what a wonderful world! Writer J.R. Ralls is running a kickstarter to make a low-budget film based on the Chick Tract “Dark Dungeon” about the dangers of playing D&D from a fundamentalist Christian perspective.  It’s been compared to this generation’s […]

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The Storytelling of Science (Bill Nye Video)

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Enjoy!  I did. Here’s the link to watch on youtube. Apparently there’s a bunch of these from a meeting, both with individual speakers (Lawrence Krauss, Brian Greene, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Tracy Day, and Neal Stephenson) and more general debate. This is the one I’ve gotten to watch so far, but I bet […]

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Zack Kopplin, Fake Economist Stephen Moore, and Science Education

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

I like to watch Bill Maher’s HBO show Real Time, and in the past I liked to watch his show Politically Incorrect.  Now, despite usually enjoying the show, I have to admit he exploits a formula I don’t care for in most cases: putting up extreme ideologues and sparking conflict.  The results are predictable yelling […]

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Night of the Evil Dead

Friday, April 5th, 2013

My wife and I have already purchased tickets for the 7pm show and I’m really looking forward to this. Looks like positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Also check out 11 Things You Must Know about the new Evil Dead.  I did not know these things and I am glad I saw the article today.  I […]

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Sequester on Science Explained (Video)

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Hank Green of Scishow: I have grant proposals in, less likely to be funded now. One source of past Launchpad funding totally gone now, another much harder to get. Instead of oil subsidies, how about science and education investments?   Share/Bookmark

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Luke’s Change: An Inside Job

Monday, March 18th, 2013

I love this!  It’s super dorky science fiction, and makes fun of ridiculous conspiracy theorists at the same time.  Enjoy: On the other hand, I find this strangely convincing…   Share/Bookmark

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