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Catherine Mintz
... writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and poetry.
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Interesting quote from the Washington Post article linked at the upper right: "The issue is particularly pressing for the East Coast of the United States between Washington and Maine, not only because of the extensive electric infrastructure in this region. The very ground beneath our feet makes us vulnerable, Murtagh said. The 300 million-year-old igneous rock on which the Eastern Seaboard is perched does not conduct electricity well."
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Next Up: August 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Including Space Force logos, none of them very inspired: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-s-proposed-space-force-could-have-trouble-getting-ground-n899466
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Next Up: August 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Next crop of astronauts: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/08/03/nasa-unveil-astronauts-who-will-relaunch-human-flights-us-soil/?utm_term=.8da49c55fac3.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2018 on Next Up: August 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/ancient-life-moon-earth-180954282/ suggests that splash might have sent fossils from Earth to the Moon. "In meteorite collections here on Earth, pieces of the Moon and Mars have been identified. Additionally, several rare and unusual meteorite groups may eventually be determined to have come from a planet (Mercury is the leading contender of origin for some stones)." It's a 2015 article but still interesting.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2018 on Next Up: July 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Geologists seem to call water-filled cavities lakes elsewhere, like Antarctica. "To tell the truth, while the discovery of life on Mars would have been a Godsend for human spaceflight 50 years ago, today it would be an utter disaster." WB Why? Fear of contamination, both ways? We could be Martian, perhaps.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2018 on Next Up: July 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
A little more research. It's hard to find his books because "James White" is a lot of people. But his Sector General works are available: https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Operations-General-Hospital-Operation-ebook/dp/B004ULPL86/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1531061992&sr=8-14
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2018 on Next Up: July 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"To my mind, the best giant alien spacecraft visitor novel is All Judgment Fled, by James White, all but forgotten." WB It's a long time since I read that, but it would make a great movie. I don't see any of White's works as ebooks. I wonder who controls his estate?
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2018 on Next Up: July 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"I like to say that deadlines clarify the mind marvelously." JH They do indeed However, one recent study in the UK found that income for writers was sinking, irregardless of their working habits, and that it is harder for those in the middle ranks to earn a living than it once was. Looking at the market lists, you can see how this might be true. Old standards are gone, or slipped down to semi-pro pay rates; many new publications don't yet pay professional rates. Advances for novels have not advanced in many years. Nonfiction is better but then it always has been.
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2018 on Next Up: June 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"If I'd gotten my hands on the world's financial systems, I'd probably still be in prison." WB But whose prison: one of the slave pens in high Earth orbit? Future history is still fluid.
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"I hesitate to imagine what I would have done if I'd gotten my hands on the world financial system." WB That's an intriguing thought—
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"—On the other hand, a non-friable 6 meter nickel-iron "meteor" would take out Manhattan on an unlucky day." WB We need a new unit: the distructon. Something to measure the potential damge from an Earth strike.
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Postponded to tomorrow: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/watch-live-spacex-to-launch-bangabandhu-1-satellite-atop-block-5-the-most-powerful-falcon-9-rocket-to-date
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"A small one could handle a light camera, or vital small parts or papers, but big and bulky gets tricky." JH In cities, for heavy loads, they're hoping to use autonomous vehicles, but in Europe, particularly, where old streets are often narrow and winding, they'd like to take to the air. Big cities already have an almost constant background noise of planes and helicopters: people might not be surprised. They also might be happy, but convenience often wins out.
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"The UPS guy is getting sick of bringing me furniture. Wait til the new deck planter shows up..." WB Life in the 21th century. Wait until drones take over his job.
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I have a new computer and new software: busy, frustrated.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2018 on Next Up: April 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Soyuz 8: http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/missions/iss/international-space-station-crew-size-doubles-soyuz-ms-08-docking/
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Snow, snow, snow. Tomorrow, flood, flood, flood.
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"Norton is currently blocking spaceflightinsider.com as a"fraudlent website." No idea why." WB It works for me. Norton was doing some sort of bug fix back on the 6th.
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Officially, we are not going to have that much snow. Unofficially, they're moving planes out of the airport, sending them to warmer, dryer places to wait for the sun to return. I pay attention to the Plane Index, because airplanes spent a lot of money on forecasting. Money is behind more history than outsiders can guess. A number of inventions would have been rolling or flying much earlier than they did if their improvished inventors had had more funds.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
We're currently undergoing a series of daylong water stoppages as they replace infrastructure in the streets. Good thing writing only requires pen and paper. For a day or three storing drinking water is not such a problem, but water to clean hands and flush toilets is more challenging. Cooking is impossible. Out in the country maybe a reserve pond would be feasible?
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
I assume SpaceX is trying to build a reputation for getting the job done as scheduled. We still have people without power and another storm with wind and wet, heavy snow is incoming. I've been through Cat 4s, but I wasn't foolish enough to be outside for the exciting parts.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2018 on Next Up: March 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
I went outside and the wind knocked me to my knees. It was fully as fierce a storm as a hurricane.
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Atlas V 541 with GOES-S, very pretty: https://youtu.be/CkZ4xBecBig
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I guess we're still not up to the departure-arrival schedule of a moderately bad airport.
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The LA Times reports the failure of the middle set of engines was due to =lack of ignition fluid=. I guess they put a bigger tank in there next time. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-spacex-falcon-heavy-core-20180212-story.html Is there a better source for this?
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2018 on Next Up: February 2018 at SF and F Roundtable