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I’m Featured at Eating Authors!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Lawrence Schoen’s regular feature “Eating Authors” features me this week. Check it out if you’re interested in learning what was my most interesting meal. Hint: pork related. Share/Bookmark

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Cover for Forthcoming Launch Pad Anthology

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Jody Lynn Nye and I have co-edited a collection of stories by Launch Pad alumni for a collection called “Launch Pad” that may become the first of a series. The stories are mostly new, with a few reprints, and generally involve astronomy, the exploration of space, and related themes. Some really good stories in here. […]

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Educational Videos for Science Fiction Writers and Critical Fans

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

What’s wrong with giant bugs?  Or human bodies exploding in the vacuum of space?  Or the answers to any of a bunch of other questions science fiction writers need to know to craft their story? I’ve written blog posts about some of these in the past, but started noticing videos with similar explanations and thought […]

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Table of Contents for A Kepler’s Dozen Anthology

Friday, March 29th, 2013

This is the short story collection that has stories with settings based on confirmed exoplanets discovered by NASA’s Kepler Mission. Table of Contents Middle Ground by Mike Brotherton Turtle Soup by Laura Givens The Gloom of Tartarus by Gene Mederos A Glint off the Glass by Rick Novy Omega Shadows by Carol Hightshoe Daniel and […]

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Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop News

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

I have been busy and stressed, and the blogging has taken a hit. One of the things I’ve been busy with and stressed about is Launch Pad. I have some news about the workshop, but first, in case you don’t know what it is… Launch Pad is a week-long workshop held every summer since 2007 […]

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Tau Ceti Planets

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

One of two relatively nearby solitary sun-like stars I like to use in my science fiction to host alien worlds is Tau Ceti (the other is Epsilon Eridani).  Recently we had news of Alpha Centauri B hosting a terrestrial world, and now on the heels of that news comes Tau Ceti: Astronomers estimate the Tau […]

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Dragoncon Aftermath

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Internet coverage was non-existent or stupid expensive at the con, and I was likely too busy to blog anyway…I’ll have some pictures and tell some stories about it this week. Let me say that the astronomy workshop was a success, although one day is sooooo short for such a big universe.  Two days would have […]

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More News about Dragoncon Astronomy Workshop

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

The website about the workshop isn’t quite updated just yet, but the plan is to drop the price to FREE for people attending Dragoncon and to make it only a single day event on Saturday, September 1.  We’ve still got a core set of instructors, slightly smaller than before, but still including Kevin Grazier, science […]

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Can You Figure Out What this Science Fiction Novel is Trying to Say?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

This is passed on from a friend of a friend, who is a Spanish teacher using a science fiction novel (I don’t know which one) in her class, and had this question:  I’m working on a sci fi novel to use in class and there is a reference to (translated):  the reflection point of the […]

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Three Crimes of Cliche Modern Superhero Movies Commit

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I have enjoyed the last decade of plentiful, quality superhero movies very much, and the few winners from earlier than that.  After watching The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man recently, both of which I enjoyed, I was reminded of some things I see too often in such movies that is starting to annoy me whenever […]

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Plans for the Science Fiction Workshop at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne Tuesday Night

Monday, June 25th, 2012

I mentioned it recently, but here’s a reminder about the details: I will be running a free two-hour workshop titled: Science Fiction + Science?  Writing Facts into Fiction with Mike Brotherton. Date & Time: Tuesday, June 26th, 2013, 6:30 to 8:30PM Location: Laramie County Library, Cottonwood Room, Cheyenne, WY I don’t know what kind of […]

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How a Bad Relationship with Encyclopedia Brown Screwed Up Prometheus

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Encyclopedia Brown is a fictional boy detective in a series of stories by Donald J. Sobol, and one of my heroes, who uses facts and logic to solve mysteries.  The stories about him always ended with him telling you the solution to the mystery, with a note to turn to the back of the book […]

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