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Source of Mystery Antimatter Found

There’s a large cloud of antimatter lurking out in space, and researchers have long wondered where it came from. An international team examining four years’ worth of data from the European Space Agency’s INTEGRAL satellite has identified the positrons as originating from stars being eaten by black holes and neutron stars.

Is it just me, or do black holes get blamed for everything? They’re the Rodney Dangerfield of astrophysics.


Posted in News, Science, Space January 17th, 2008 by Chip
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Is Heinlein Becoming Irrelevant?

Despite his influence on other SF writers, the Heinlein fanbase is greying. This article makes an interesting argument about RAH’s political and social views being so out of step with today’s views that he’s turning off younger readers.

“When an emerging science-fiction writer’s work earns him comparisons to Robert A. Heinlein,” Dave Itzkoff begins a 2006 New York Times review, “should he take them as a compliment?”

Link (via The Website at the End of the Universe)

Posted in Books & Authors January 16th, 2008 by Chip
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Ten Things to Hate About Star Trek

It’s very hard to argue with any of these choices.

2. The Holodeck.
I mean, it’s cool and all. But do you really believe that people would use it to re-create Sherlock Holmes mysteries and old-west saloons? Come on, we all know what the holodeck would be used for. And we also know what the worst job on the Enterprise would be: Having to squeegie the holodeck clean.


Link (via Miss Cellania)

Posted in Humor January 15th, 2008 by Chip
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“Geek Inside” Maternity Wear

Geek InsideWhere were these when I was pregnant? Where?!?!?

I got Shadow and Shadowboy matching v1.0 and v2.0 shirts a while back, but that’s no consolation for missing out on this maternity tee. Argh.

(It’s probably overkill to get pregnant again just to have one of these shirts, right?)


Posted in Ephemera January 14th, 2008 by Chip

2007 Preliminary Nebula Ballot


  • Vellum: The Book of All Hours – Duncan, Hal
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Rowling, J. K.
  • Odyssey – McDevitt, Jack
  • Mainspring – Lake, Jay
  • The Accidental Time Machine – Haldeman, Joe
  • Species Imperative #3: Regeneration – Czerneda, Julie E.
  • The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Chabon, Michael
  • The New Moon’s Arms – Hopkinson, Nalo
  • Blindsight – Watts, Peter
  • Rollback – Sawyer, Robert J.
  • The Outback Stars – McDonald, Sandra
  • Strange Robby – Rosen, Selina
  • Ragamuffin – Buckell, Tobias


  • Kiosk – Sterling, Bruce
  • Memorare – Wolfe, Gene
  • Stars Seen Through Stone – Shepard, Lucius
  • The Helper and His Hero – Hughes, Matt
  • Fountain of Age – Kress, Nancy


  • The Sun God at Dawn, Rising from a Lotus Blossom – Kail, Andrea (Writers of the Future Volume 23, Algis Budrys, Ed., Galaxy Press, Sep07)
  • A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange – Bernobich, Beth (Asimov’s, Jun06)
  • The Fiddler of Bayou Teche – Sherman, Delia (Coyote Road, Trickster Tales, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Ed., Viking Juvenile, Jul07)
  • Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter – Ryman, Geoff (F&SF, Nov06)
  • Sister of the Hedge – Hines, Jim C. (Realms of Fantasy, Jun06)
  • The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs Of North Park After the Change – Johnson, Kij (Coyote Road, Trickster Tales, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Ed., Viking Juvenile, Jul07)
  • Things That Aren’t – Burstein, Michael A.; and Greenberger, Robert (Analog, Apr07)
  • Alastair Baffle’s Emporium of Wonders – Resnick, Mike (Asimov’s, Jan08)
  • Safeguard – Kress, Nancy (Asimov’s, Jan07)
  • Tonino and the Incubus – Robinson, Peg (Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly, WS & LWE, Ed., Oct06 (Fall06 issue — #2))
  • The Children’s Crusade – Bailey, Robin Wayne (Heroes in Training, Martin H. Greenberg and Jim C. Hines, Ed., DAW, Sep07)
  • The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate – Chiang, Ted (F&SF, Sep07)
  • Not of this Fold – Shunn, William (An Alternate History of the 21st Century, Spilt Milk Press, Sep07)


  • Unique Chicken Goes In Reverse – Duncan, Andy (Eclipse 1: New Science Fiction And Fantasy, Jonathan Strahan, Ed., Night Shade Books, Oct07)
  • Titanium Mike Saves the Day – Levine, David D. (F&SF, Apr07)
  • Captive Girl – Pelland, Jennifer (Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly, WS & LWE, Ed., Oct06 (Fall06 issue — #2))
  • Always – Fowler, Karen Joy (Asimov’s, May07 (apr/may07 issue))
  • For Solo Cello, op. 12 – Kowal, Mary Robinette (Cosmos, Mar07 (Feb/Mar07))
  • The Padre, the Rabbi, and the Devil His Own Self – Fletcher, Melanie (Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly, WS & LWE, Ed., Oct06 (Fall06 issue — #2))
  • The Story of Love – Nazarian, Vera (Salt of the Air, Prime Books, Sep06)


  • Children of Men
  • The Prestige
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • The Discarded
  • V for Vendetta
  • World Enough and Time
  • Blink – Moffat, Steven


  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Rowling, J. K.
  • Into the Wild – Durst, Sarah Beth
  • Vintage: A Ghost Story – Berman, Steve
  • Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog – Wilce, Ysabeau S.
Posted in Books & Authors, Conventions & Fandom, Movies & TV January 13th, 2008 by Gandalara

Neat Steampunk “Time Travel” Gadget

Time Travel PropFlickr user absinthetic dressed up as a 19th-Century time traveler last Halloween, and built the “Chronotheric Fluxing Capacitron” to use as a prop. His photo set doesn’t give any detailed instructions, but there are enough different angles that it shouldn’t be too hard to put together something similar.

This would be a nice prop for “Pretend to be a Time Traveler” Day.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Posted in Ephemera January 11th, 2008 by Chip
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BSG Propaganda Posters

BSG PosterBattlestar Galactica seems to be spawning an awful lot of posters. In addition to the “How to Spot a Cylon” PSA poster, Quantum Mechanix has also come up with these cute posters done in the style of WWII propaganda ads.

Link (via Cynical-C)

Posted in Movies & TV January 10th, 2008 by Chip
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The Mood Dress

Mood DressIn the “Scientific Advances We Didn’t Know We Wanted” department comes the Bubelle Dress, designed by Philips Electronics. It contains an inner layer of biometric sensors that detect a person’s emotions and project them as various colors onto the outer textile layer. It was developed as part of the SKIN Probe Project, researching what lifestyles might be like in the year 2020.

Never again will men have to resort to asking their wives how they’re feeling, which ought to be a huge time-saver.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Posted in Ephemera January 9th, 2008 by Chip
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That’s for Darn Sure


(via Greeblemonkey)

Posted in Ephemera January 8th, 2008 by Chip
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Russia Joins Europa Mission

Russia has joined a planned mission to search for life on Europa. The LaPlace mission is supposed to launch some time between 2015 and 2025.


Posted in News, Space January 7th, 2008 by Chip
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