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Mr. Higgs, I presume?

If you haven’t heard already, scientists at CERN have confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson. This is one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in the last 100 years.  In the video Peter Higgs, 83, is the one taking off his glasses to wipe his eyes.

Trailer for Doctor Who season 7. The guy with the really funny line is Ben Browder, aka John Crichton from Farscape.

This is a cool story: An author who started self-publishing who is now in talks with Ridley Scott about the movie rights to one of his books.

The Weekend Writer

Sometime last month, I’d downloaded a sample of the popular Sci-Fi short story “WOOL” by Hugh Howey to my Kindle. It had been on my radar for a while, but I hadn’t gotten around to checking it out. The sample popped up on my Kindle in seconds, and I propped myself up in bed and thumbed the screen.

In just a few minutes, I was disappointed when the sample ended abruptly, just when things were getting good in the story. But it was a good kind of disappointment. I wanted MORE!

I purchased the WOOL omnibus that evening and am currently reading through the first 5 installments. It is rare that a sample hits me in that way, but exciting all the same. Author Hugh Howey’s method of storytelling is engaging, and draws the reader in early on (be on the lookout for more on this in a future post).

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Hey, maybe I jumped on this bandwagon just in time…

Open Geography

Latest New Yorker is a special issue on science fiction. Pieces by Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem, Anthony Burgess, Ursula LeGuin, and others.

And Part 3 of Simon Critchley’s series on Philip K. Dick is now available.

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Thanks to Josh Burns for the notion of an energy shortage as a plot point in my book. Josh is a graphic artist and writer. Here’s one of his; an ode to old school space opera that is right up my alley.

Flammable Things

After seeing a number of the great works that Ralph McQuarrie did in his career as a concept artist I thought of doing a little science fiction homage to the man.

In true human fashion, mankind continues to fight each other, even in the far reaches of space. With hundreds of other alien species to start trouble with, most of the time it’s still with each other.

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Here’s a great site if you like haunting, surreal photography. Cool!

e MORFES

Swedish photographer Helena Blomqvist creates dream-like imagery that transports us into the subconscious. She accomplishes this by constructing alternate worlds in her studio. Blomqvist builds models and props, which provide the backdrop for her narratives. Once completed, the models are then photographed, the images digitally edited, and finally the resulting prints complete the illusion of a separate reality.

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