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Catherine Mintz
... writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and poetry.
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"New Zealand has created new rocket legislation and set up a space agency in anticipation of becoming a low-cost space hub." Fortune. Link at upper right. Fot a first launch that was, indeed, a success.
Triboelectrification? Lightning?
Thank you. It is, among other things, an exploration of grief.
Toggle Commented May 20, 2017 on Works in Progress: May at SF and F Roundtable
That's a big chunk of change. I am uneasy about how powerful Amazon has become, but one can hardly say that other publishers are any kinder to authors. Writers are content providers and they will pay as little as they can for it.
Toggle Commented May 20, 2017 on Self Publishing and Amazon at SF and F Roundtable
And the SpaceX video of the launch: https://youtu.be/ynMYE64IEKs
Indeed worth reading. A bit slow, because of all the detail, but a fine anedote to the "and then magic and we'll get there" way of thinking.
And now it works, even though I don't see any difference between posting one and posting two. Enjoy.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2017 on The Way the Future Looked at SF and F Roundtable
No, it isn't, yet when you cut and paste it, it goes right to the article, and is exactly what appears in the header, and also for Twitter and Facebook: http://www.ibtimes.com/10-stunning-images-nasa-concept-art-imagine-our-universe-2534903
Toggle Commented May 11, 2017 on The Way the Future Looked at SF and F Roundtable
Nationalism also seems to unleash bursts of development.
"I think Apollo and Energiya died from internal politics, much more than cost." I agree. The return on investment of the space program more than jutified its funding. Not just material benefits, but an extension, without the racial politics, of the frontier spirit.
Poor Buran, which always looked like a rip-off of the not as successful as hoped Space Shuttle. But it does look like we're heading toward a bus service to low orbit.
The Gila Queen is still around, sort of, but static: http://gilaqueen.us
Toggle Commented May 4, 2017 on Works in Progress: April at SF and F Roundtable
Story went out; story came back. I went to look at the market list at Ralan's, http://ralan.com/m.pro.htm. The short story market, outside of anthologies, is perilously close to being nonexistent. You could certainly invite all the editors over for a sit-down brunch.
Toggle Commented May 3, 2017 on Works in Progress: April at SF and F Roundtable
"That satellite is the size of a double-decker bus..." Huge by any standard, although for a long time it was the Russians who specialized in heaving big things into orbit.
Success, and a nice shot of separation: http://www.space.com/36666-spacex-launches-first-spy-satellite-nails-landing.html
One opinion on the current copyright bill, with links to assorted others: http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2017/04/exploit-work-of-others-and-dont-pay-them.html
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2017 on Copyright Bill at SF and F Roundtable
Thirty-two seconds from liftoff: delayed. Retry tomorrow: https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/04/29/nrol-76-mission-status-center/
SpaceX is promoting the live stream of the launch: https://youtu.be/Xvs4tJ3qegM
It's a good story. How could one not know Nature Futures is fiction? For one thing, there's dialogue. And yet, yes, the evidence is clear.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2017 on Works in Progress: April at SF and F Roundtable
Story in progress on this topic; not William's idea. He's going to have to write that one himself.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2017 on Going to Mars at SF and F Roundtable
"I see myself skulking through the night, kidnapping millennials to drain them of fresh, young blood." No need, no need. It's an entrepreneurial opportunity for them. You give them money; they give you youth. There's an opera in that, somewhere.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2017 on Going to Mars at SF and F Roundtable
"Unfortunately, it also means that I spend more time justifying my efforts at writing." Not to yourself, I assume. It takes time. The first million words are the hardest.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2017 on Works in Progress: April at SF and F Roundtable
They have found the blood of younger mice rejuveates older ones. No word on whether the trick works in reverse or what the mice thought about it all. It is possible some of us will be here to pioneer other worlds. I guess potatoes will be going with us for sure. Duct tape, of course. Lots and lots of plastic sheeting—
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2017 on Going to Mars at SF and F Roundtable
Asimov's current circulation is around 20,000, which may be a tenth of what it once was, and, given the millions that watch SF on TV and in the movies, is near trivial. I've no idea how many people a story in Nature produces but it's a lot more than that. Meanwhile, in Hollywood, the WGA proposes to strike. Link at the upper right.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2017 on Works in Progress: April at SF and F Roundtable
"I'm not writing any more short fiction because there are no more markets. Why waste my time?" There are markets, of a sort, but few of them pay enough to make the effort worthwhile as such. I view stories as a form of advertisement for the longer works. One upon a time, it is said, you could actually make a decent living writing short stories.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2017 on Works in Progress: April at SF and F Roundtable