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Is my new site eligible for any Hugo category or does it fall between the keys?
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Suppose Zealandia and by extension New Zealand provides an unlikely refuge for a lineage of mammaliamorphs descended from something very much like Sinoconodons. What does the developing science of biology make of them?
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For techniques guaranteed to cure diabetes (which I do not have). I wonder the body count for that particular scam is? I doubt it is zero.
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The SF3 Board extends heartfelt apologies to those who have been harassed at WisCon, to those who feel unsafe at WisCon, to the ConCom, and to our wider community, for letting you down. We regret allowing Rose Lemberg’s report to languish.
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Since the military is not set up to contain Dreadnaughts, the German prisoners are tied up securely and dragged off to Magister Angle's tower where they can rot in his magical prison. Only though a bizarre sequence of events could anything go horribly wrong.

Interesting bit of trivia: the Dreadnaught who got away has luck powers.

Read more... )
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Days put to no good use: 1, 4, 6, 13, 20, 22 and 23. Even granting a day off a week, that's three days wasted. Although actually there was at least one SFBC book in there. And 2 for RT. Let's add those...



          T       F    M     Mu     
JDN      23      11   12
SFBC      1            1
RT        2       2 
Total    26      13    13  


(does a little jig)
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In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.

Too retro?

Sep. 30th, 2014 07:19 pm
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Idly considering Thirteen Days of Atomigeddon for October 14-28.
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If it wasn't too late for "preemptive":

The U.S sends 3000 people to help Ebola and now its here..this is all a plan..there will Martial law and curfews within a year in major cities..there will be home invasion by authorities and FEMA camps...there will be civil disobedience and unrest..and of course DEATH !!
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My review of Jane Dentinger's 1983 theatrical murder mystery Murder on Cue may be found here.

Face-palm

Sep. 30th, 2014 11:08 am
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Have I really never used the title the Women Gardner Dozois Doesn't See?

BSF32
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Lovers of sci-fi and fantasy at UW don’t need to go beyond their own backyards to find skilled authors in both genres, as the KW Science Fiction and Fantasy convention held last Saturday in Kitchener proved. In fact, James Nicoll, the MC of the event, stated that KW is home for quite a number of them.
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My review of Sewer, Gas & Electric: The Public Works Trilogy by Matt Ruff, which I am sad to say I didn't like as much this time around as I did the first time.
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Most stars are red dwarfs. Currently it seems like red dwarfs may host a fair number of potentially life-bearing worlds.

Imagine a technological civilization like ours on an earthlike world around a star like Groombridge 34A: the planet orbits at about 0.08 AU and it takes about 13 days to orbit once around its star, which means the planet is moving at something like 70 km/s. That's very roughly twice Earth's and that's because of how luminosity and stellar mass are related.

If the orbital velocities are higher, doesn't that mean the transfer orbits will demand higher delta vees? We have a hard enough time giving probes the delta vee to get them from world to world using chemical rockets. Would the problem be intractable for entities whose home-worlds orbited dim stars?
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I have no intention of leaving Livejournal (or Dreamwidth). My review site is in addition to More Words, Deeper Hole, not in place of.

I thought I made that clear.
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Houston, we have a problem! Dr. Mary Kendricks (Krysten Ritter, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23") is a tough but brilliant aerospace engineer, leading a team of NASA scientists at the cutting edge of space exploration. The only problem is, this is the 1960s and she's a woman. Navigating the ridiculous boys' club of astronauts and engineering nerds is no easy task, but she's up to the challenge... until her boss brings on Tom (Tommy Dewey, "The Mindy Project") - a former hotshot test pilot and overall man's man - to co-manage her team. It doesn't help that he initially mistakes her for a secretary. Between him, her astronaut boyfriend Cash and her offbeat all-guy team, Mary certainly has her hands full... but at the end of the day, they all want the same thing: to get a man on the moon. It might just take a woman to get him there.

From Executive Producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay ("Anchorman," "Step Brothers," "Talladega Nights") comes a workplace comedy, in the tone of "Anchorman," about the golden age of American ingenuity and space travel... if they can just get their ship together.

Half-hour comedy (single-camera)

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