There are countless tales that involve space colony missions moving at sub-light speed, covering the vast distance between stars over the course of hundreds, or even thousands, of years. There are two main options for these extraordinarily long voyages–sleeper ships … Continue reading
This giveaway has been well received by Amazon readers. Muphy’s Traverse was within the top 20 30-minute free reads all day Saturday, and Bingham’s Deep Woods Fairies reached a similar position in the Teen and Young Adult category, with a … Continue reading
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Two of my short stories will be available free for Kindle this weekend, March 11-12, 2017, to mark the release of my new novel, Towers of Earth. One story is Bingham’s Deep Woods Fairies, a fantasy tale about Carolyn, a young … Continue reading
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The print edition of Towers of Earth is now available on Amazon. It is 294 pages, and the list price is presently $17.99. Towers of Earth is also available as an e-book at Amazon, Kobo and Apple. It is anticipated … Continue reading
Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award winning novel Ancillary Justice. For a discussion of the book in audio format, which I had the pleasure of experiencing, see the post An Audio-Book Treat–Ann Leckie’s … Continue reading
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On the topic if extinction level events, the one that comes most often to mind is the risk of an asteroid or comet hitting Earth. There is plenty of evidence that collisions occur. The Moon’s surface is full of impact … Continue reading
A toroid is a figure shaped like a torus. Common examples abound, such as rings, hoops and doughnuts. It’s an attractive shape for large space vessels, and it appears in numerous science-fiction settings as well as on the drawing boards … Continue reading
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Taking a closer look at large cylindrical vessels, several types and examples appear in space agency research projects as well as books, movies, TV and video games. (For the introductory overview of this topic, see Large Space Vessels.) The 1970s … Continue reading
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There is a plethora of potential events outside human control that can lead to mass extinction on Earth. It’s happened before. Fortunately, such events are few and far between. Nevertheless, it is worth paying attention to the potential for at … Continue reading
The two most basic design concepts for long-term, high-population space vessels (either orbiting space colonies or ships designed for a long-duration traverse) are the cylindrical model and the toroidal model. NASA and other space agencies have studied these design concepts … Continue reading