Archive for the ‘Carnival of Space’ category

Carnival of Space #115

August 10, 2009

Hey, check it out! Another Carnival of Space! Head over to New Frontier News for all your spacey needs.


Carnival of Space #112: Apollo’s 40th Anniversary!

July 20, 2009

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! I will have more to say about this later, but for now, let me direct you to this week’s Carnival of Space over at ‘Out of the Cradle’. There are also some great sites celebrating this anniversary, including: NASA (duh), “We Choose the Moon“, a very cool site that shows the events of the mission and lots of other info in realtime, with sci-fi authors giving their thoughts, and of course twitter is all a-tweet about it.

Carnival of Space #111

July 13, 2009

Another week, another awesome Carnival of Space! This week is hosted by 21st Century Waves, and has lots of great entries. Go check it out!

Also stay tuned here: I have two sci-fi reviews coming up this week!

Carnival of Space #108 : Solstice Edition!

June 22, 2009

Another week, another carnival of space! This one is special though because yesterday was the northern summer solstice! Go check out the Carnival over at Starts With a Bang, and enjoy the long hours of daylight (if you live in the North) or go have a snowball fight (if you live in the south).

Carnival of Space #107

June 15, 2009

After three flights and a nice nighttime drive during which I got to watch a  thunderstorm raging off on the horizon, lighting up the clouds like paper lanterns, I am in Los Alamos! I am here all week doing lab work: I finally get to shoot rocks with lasers! I’ll post some more info about why we are attacking rocks with sci-fi weapons at some point this week, but for now, go check out the 107th carnival of space over at Innumerable Worlds!

Carnival of Space #106

June 8, 2009

Hello folks, apologies for the lack of posts lately. I have been keeping busy trying to write up a draft of a paper on the Gale crater landing site for MSL, which is taking a very long time and becoming very large. I don’t anticipate having lots of time to post here this month. Even as I work on the draft, I will be traveling out to Los Alamos National Lab next week to begin analyzing some rock samples by vaporizing them with a laser, and then I’ll be rushing back to Ithaca to try to cobble together a coherent outline for my PhD thesis. I then get to defend that outline in front of my committee in early July. Assuming I survive that, they pat me on the back, hand me a master’s degree, and say “now go do all that stuff you listed in your outline”.

And of course, as if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy, I’m involved in a month-long novel outlining project over at the writing forum Liberty Hall. My novel is going to be character-focused realistic science fiction involving space pirates (sorry, no peg legs or eye patches here), colonizing and mining the planets of 55 Cancri, and lots of moral dilemmas. In other words, I’ve got my work cut out for me…

All of which is to say that posts here will be less frequent (unless you want to hear about planning a sci-fi novel or the mundane aspects of making figures for a paper). In the meantime though, other space-bloggers are writing some great stuff, and as always you can get a good sampling at the Carnival of Space. This week it is hosted by Next Big Future. Go take a look!

100th Carnival of Space!

April 28, 2009

Back in the early naive days of space carnivals, we looked to the future and were certain that the 100th carnival of space would actually be a carnival, and that it would actually be held in space. Sadly, protests from the carnival spin-and-barf ride-cleaner’s union quashed that dream before it could become a reality.

Luckily, we found a new equally awesome place to have the 100th carnival: One Minute Astronomy! That’s right, following that link is almost as fun as going to an actual carnival in space!

So… why are you still here?