Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Scientist features science fiction: enter flash fiction competition by Oct. 15

New Scientist magazine highlights science fiction in its September issue, Science fiction: The stories of now, edited by Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars trilogy). Read flash fiction by Ken McLeod, Nicola Griffith, Ian McDonald, Geoff Ryman, Stephen Baxter, Paul McAuley, Ian Watson, and Justina Robson and book reviews of Wireless by Charles Stross, Chalot Crescent by Fay Weldon, The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, and Oceanic by Greg Egan.

Then, submit your own flash fiction (350 words or less) set 100 years into the future to the magazine's competition by Oct. 15.
Stephen Baxter (Ark, 2009) leads the judging. One story will be chosen for publication in a (near?) future issue of New Scientist. A selection of stories will be published at NewScientist.com.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New steampunk Web site: CoalCitySteam

Emilie P. Bush, author of the forthcoming steampunk novel, Chenda and the Airship Brofman, has a new Web site devoted to all things steampunk at CoalCitySteam.com. Read the first chapter of Chenda and the Airship Brofman.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

PhysOrg.com: Transparent aluminium is 'new state of matter'

PhysOrg.com is reporting that transparent aluminium is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Below is a snippet from the PhysOrg.com article:

"Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. 'Transparent aluminium' previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion."

You can read the rest of the article here: http://www.physorg.com/news167925273.html

(Actually this article should be posted on the Science News Page, but I thought I would spread things out a bit and post it here. ~ Jim)

Sunday, September 13, 2009