Sunday, November 29, 2009

Are We Alone for 11/30/09 - Skeptic Check: Vaccines: Give 'Em Your Best Shot

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: Vaccines: Give 'Em Your Best Shot

As the anti-vax campaign rages, parents are just saying “no” to vaccines. But now the incidence of childhood diseases such as whooping cough are on the rise.

A number of studies have refuted the link between vaccines, autism and other chronic conditions, yet the anti-vaccine movement continues. Find out why. Also, how the media have irresponsibility framed the debate.

Plus, we panic over plague, sweat about swine flu, but don’t think twice about jumping in a car and roaring down a crowded highway at 70 mph. Discover why most of our health worries are overblown.

Also, Brains on Vacation and Hollywood Reality Check separate the facts from the phony.

It’s Skeptic Check… but don’t take our word for it!


You can listen to this and other episodes at, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving & The Apocalypse

Here's a press release from Jeff Carson:

It's here! It's here! The nanotech apocalypse is coming right in time for Thanksgiving! ;>

Plague Zone releases tomorrow, but, remember, I'm not exactly Harry Potter, so the chains probably won't be knifing open their boxes of books at 12:01am tonight.

I expect Zone will be widely shelved and available by Black Friday and this Thanksgiving weekend (at least, I certainly hope so), but it is a December book and sometimes stores take a little time to unload. Zone will definitely be available online at the stroke of midnight.

Exciting stuff.

Those of you in the Bay Area, a last reminder: I'll be at the giant Borders in Pleasant Hill at 2pm on Saturday 11/28 for our big release party and then at Book Lovers in Sacramento at 1pm on Saturday 12/5. I know this weekend especially is right in the middle of the holiday madness, but there will be free cookies as well as autographs. That's right. Free cookies. If you don't come, I'll eat 'em all myself.

Pleasant Hill Borders
120 Crescent Dr.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Book Lovers Book Store
5800 Madison Avenue, Ste. W
Sacramento, CA 95841

Thank you.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Are We Alone for 11/23/09 - Carbon Your Enthusiasm

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Are We Alone - Carbon Your Enthusiasm

Bond it to oxygen and it’s the scourge of climate change. But earthly life wouldn’t be possible without carbon, and maybe that’s true for alien life, too.

And carbon has other exciting forms: tiny diamonds may be evidence of a catastrophic comet impact 13,000 years ago. And, chalky carbonates may point to a once-habitable Mars.

So get cozy with carbon. Find out if you could swap it for silicon in DNA. Plus, the conundrum of calculating a carbon footprint.


You can listen to this and other episodes at, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Monday, November 9, 2009

New anthology: Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls

Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls, the first anthology from Book View Press, the e-book publishing arm of Book View Cafe, includes stories by Nancy Jane Moore, Vonda N. McIntrye, Sylvia Kelso, Amy Sterling Casil and Jennifer Stevenson.

Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls is available for the Kindle version and for other formats including pdf, mobi, prc, lit, lrf, epub.

Check out both this science fiction anthology and other Book View Cafe offerings at

The book description says the anthology "embraces both our pulp dream past and cutting edge future" and includes "rare reprints, hard-to-find favorites and new tales." Edited by Phyllis Irene Radford and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. Read it, yet? Reviews, anyone?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Special "International" issue of Apex Magazine now posted

This month we present a special “international” issue of our online magazine. Lavie Tidhar, editor of The Apex Book of World SF, guest edits this issue and brings us three excellent selections from around the globe. To round things out, Charles Tan interviews Malaysian author Tunku Halim and Lavie writes an editorial about the international genre scene.

  • Editorial: “A Celebration of World SF” by Lavie Tidhar
  • Interview: Tunku Halim by Charles Tan
  • Short Fiction: “After the Fire” by Aliette de Bodard
  • Short Fiction: “Benjamin Schneider’s Little Greys” by Nir Yaniv
  • Short Fiction: “An Evening in the City Coffeehouse, With Lydia on My Mind” by Alexsandar Ċ½iljak


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Deep Thoughts With Jeff Carlson

Jeff Carlson recently wrote a guest blog for sci fi site on the subject of post-apocalyptic fiction. You can find it here

This will make good reading while your listening to the latest Are We Alone podcast:

Are We Alone for 11/09/09 - Skeptic Check: Doomsday at the Movies