Sunday, June 26, 2011

A changing world

The first gray whale in the Atlantic since that species was hunted to extinction there. One more sign of changes to come as the Arctic begins to spend its summers almost entirely free of ice.

Whale's odyssey sheds light on climate change - World news - World environment -

Friday, June 24, 2011

A house of living rooms

Fellows Writers of the Future 26er Laurie Tom has put her Grand Prize-winning novelette Living Rooms up on Amazon as a $0.99 ebook. It's a story of magicians and rooms with a life of their own, in which a woman fights to make a house a home on an emotional and metaphysical level while fending off her father's murderous rival. Buy it and see why a panel of famous science fiction authors including Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Mike Resnick made this their unanimous pick for the Golden Quill.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Back from the country...

That and working hard on completing the post-apocalyptic Yellowstone techno thriller novella. I'm planning on doing a series of interesting supporting articles that will discuss topics like the whys and hows of supervolcanoes, as well as biotechnology and specific neurobiological aspects of augmenting human intelligence once I've released the ebook versions of "Lisa with Child" later this summer in.

In the meanwhile, recent photos of the Gorge:

Also in the meanwhile, the Mountain Goats will be playing a small club a few blocks down the street from where I live. I need to figure out how to get some cash to see that show :)

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Snapshots I Brought Back from the Black Hole by K.C. Ball | Lightspeed Magazine

Fellow Writers of the of the Future 26 alumni KC Ball has a really cool story about love and the physics of black holes up at Lightspeed Magazine. Moving and illuminating

Snapshots I Brought Back from the Black Hole by K.C. Ball | Lightspeed Magazine

Check it out. It's free.

Amazing volcanic photos and footage from Chile

Chile volcano causes ash cloud and lightning tears the sky apart | Mail Online

These photographs--beautiful and at the same time almost apocalyptic--are going to make for some good aesthetic motivation when it comes time to revise my Post-Yellowstone techno thriller novella. At the moment I'm having it critiqued and getting some very useful feedback.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Human flight

Human beings as gliders, flitting across and skimming by the stony cliff faces of glacier-carved valleys that are thousands of feet deep. The mind numbingly awesome footage starts at about one minute in.