06 Oct

Check out the Blue Origins test of their capsule escape system

This is pretty amazing. Not only can SpaceX get a booster to restart its engines and land, but Blue Origins can as well. Here they are showing their ability to launch a booster, land it again after restarting the engines, and also test the escape system that shoots the capsule away in an emergency.

I know Blue Origins hasn’t gone orbital, but this puts us close to having two very amazing launch systems available going forward.

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04 Oct

Capsule Review: Yoon Ha Lee’s Ninefox Gambit

A capsule review of Yoon Ha Lee’s Ninefox Gambit that I wrote on twitter:


I’m thinking I need to do more capsule reviews as I read things, plus maybe a books received post as they come in. I’ve been so bunkered down I haven’t been very good about sharing bookish goodness!

After reading the above book I now want to sign all my emails with “Yours in calendrical heresy.”

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21 Sep

Anthology Halo Fractures is available, contains my Halo story ‘Oasis’


Halo Fractures, which includes stories by me, Troy Denning, Matt Forbeck, Kelly Gay, Christie Golden, Kevin Grace, Morgan Lockhart, John Jackson Miller, Frank O’Connor, Brian Reed, James Swallow, and Joseph Staten, launched yesterday for sale.

Launch once more into galaxy-spanning conflict and legendary heroism…shards of an ever-expanding journey where human and alien alike find their finest hours in facing their greatest challenges. These scattered stories span untold millennia, from the age of the ancient custodial race known as the Forerunners…to the aftermath of the Covenant’s bloody war against humanity…and even the shocking events surrounding the resurrection of the mysterious Guardians. Halo: Fractures explores mythic tales of bravery and sacrifice that blaze brightly at the very heart of the Halo universe.

You can buy from all the usual locations. Like Indiebound, here’s an Amazon, or BN.

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17 Sep

Halo Waypoint Blog announces that Halo: Envoy is a thing

So a project I’ve been working off and on for over the past year has been mentioned over at Halo Waypoint:

But wait – that’s not all! We’re also excited to announce two more upcoming stories coming to the Halo universe…

Halo: Smoke and Shadow by Kelly Gay

Halo: Envoy by Tobias Buckell

These stories actually directly connect to Kelly and Tobias’ respective tales in Halo: Fractures, so if their stories get you excited after you read them in the anthology, be aware that even more is on the way! Stay tuned for more details coming soon…

So if you want a taste of what Halo: Envoy is about, you can read Oasis in Halo: Fractures on September 20th.

That’s all I have for you, repeating what the Halo Waypoint blog has mentioned. But more details will come.

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08 Sep

I’ll be a guest of the Reader Riot Book Festival in Florence, Alabama this April

I have a new event I’ve agreed to travel to:

I can’t wait to meet my readers in Alabama, as well as to talk about science fiction, futurism, and my work.

Florence-Lauderdale Public Library is excited to announce the first book festival in the Shoals, coming in Spring 2017!

The Reader Riot is a community-led book festival that will feature readings, signings, interactive events, screenings, and a few surprises. It will be a festival for all types of readers, whether your books of choice are mysteries, long-loved classics, science fiction, children’s and young adult literature, or graphic novels.

(Via Florence-Lauderdale Public Library.)

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30 Aug

First relaunch of a used SpaceX 1st stage will happen yet this year

This will be another epic step for the revolution in launch technology that SpaceX has shepherded in:

SES — an international satellite operator based in Luxembourg — will be the first company to launch cargo to space on a reused SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket will carry the company’s SES-10 satellite, meant to provide telecommunications coverage to Latin America, into a very high orbit above Earth. That launch is scheduled for sometime in the fourth quarter of 2016 and will mark the first time SpaceX flies one of the rockets it has landed this past year.

(Via Satellite operator SES will be the first to launch cargo on a used SpaceX rocket | The Verge.)

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20 Aug

I’ll be a Guest of Honor at the North American Science Fiction Convention 2017!

I am utterly honored and super psyched to share that I will be a Guest of Honor at the North American Science Fiction Convention in 2017. Also known as Nasfic this is the convention that is held across from a Worldcon when a Worldcon is held outside of the US (and a Worldcon is a large science fiction convention that moves from city to city throughout the world each year).

Next year, in 2017, Nasfic will be in Puerto Rico in the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico from July 6-9, 2017.

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More details at their website.

Thank you to the people behind San Juan 2017 who thought of me. I will do my best to make this an awesome NASFIC. Thank you to everyone who voted for Puerto Rico. It’s exciting to see an event like this in the Caribbean.

Of note, Nalo Hopkinson will be the Guest of Honor at World 75 in Helsinki, Finland. So, as far as Caribbean Guests for 2017, we have you all covered!

I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

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11 Aug

On having returned home…

Last Friday we packed the kids up and drove up to join my stepdad’s family up at Cedar Point. Two cousins on his side of the family that I rarely see were out here in Ohio to see family. I worked in the car and carried my backpack all around Cedar Point, did about 20,000 steps and ate All The Bad Things:

Elephant Ears
Dipping Dots (the ice cream of THE FUTURE)
Fries with bacon and cheese
Fried cheese
and more…

With my heart defect I’m prohibited from enjoying the fast rides, but I did sneak onto the relatively sedate Mine Ride. My daughter Thalia rode the Iron Dragon and declared that was enough roller coastering for a 7 year old. Calli absolutely refused to do any coasters. They had a blast on all the other kid-oriented stuff, though. We all got soaked on one of the river rides, which Thalia insisted on doing a second time.

It was good old fashioned summer fun. And since a chunk of my early summer was eaten up with projects I think I wasn’t the best fun summer dad ever.

After spending a couple days with family, we drove out to Virginia where my parents currently live. I got my stepdad to watch a few episodes of Stranger Things, splashed in the pool, investigated the gym near their house, and then Emily and I drove back home without the kids. They’ll be enjoying a couple weeks with Nana at Nana-camp 2016.

The house is oddly quiet without two seven year olds ricocheting around inside.

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11 Aug

Superblocks: Barcelono’s traffic reclamation proposal, is somewhat fascinating


Take nine square blocks of city. (It doesn’t have to be nine, but that’s the ideal.) Rather than all traffic being permitted on all the streets between and among those blocks, cordon off a perimeter and keep through traffic, freight, and city buses on that.

In the interior, allow only local vehicles, traveling at very low speeds, under 10 mph. And make all the interior streets one-way loops (see the arrows on the green streets below), so none of them serve through streets.

(Via Superblocks: how Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars – Vox.)

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08 Aug

Suicide Squad’s big opening night might be because of women viewers

I noticed this interesting quote in a news story about Suicide Squad:

The biggest surprise in terms of audience makeup was the strong turnout among females, who made up 46 percent of Friday’s audience, according to exit poling service CinemaScore. That’s unusual for a superhero film.

(Via Box Office: ‘Suicide Squad’ Opens to Big $135M But Drops Sharply Saturday | Hollywood Reporter.)

I haven’t see it yet, I’m watching DC movies on iTunes rental because they’ve been somewhat lacking for me. I’ve seen a lot of horrible reviews of Suicide Squad, but I saw a ton of excitement about it from a very wide demographic based on the trailer.

Hey, a movie with a strong female POV implied by previews got women to the theater, and that may have given the movie a 25% boost in earnings, possibly saving it due to an amazing opening night (though it’s had a horrible drop off in earnings because it turns out the trailer and the movie don’t match up?).

And the success of gender flipped Ghostbusters?

The success of Fast and Furious with multicultural varied leads? And women as well?

Maybe there’s something there… despite Squad’s critical fail, maybe women are hungry for movies that seem to not exclude them but include them?

Just a thought.

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