Sunday, January 30, 2011

Are We Alone for 01/31/11 - Skeptic Check: ESP or Think Again

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: ESP or Think Again

You’re right: it’s a show about ESP. And, correct again: we’re excited about the publication of a paper that claims precognition exists. You’ve already divined what our paranormal investigator says about the paper, whether the statistics that it cites are significant, and what the editor-in-chief of a major scientific journal has to say on the tricky matter of publishing such a result at all.

You’re not surprised that Brains on Vacation takes on the matter of Armageddon-by-exploding-star, because, you knew that. You also knew that it will be an excellent show. But, tune in anyway – consider it a repeat.

Guests:

Permalink:  http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Skeptic_Check_ESP_or_Think_Again

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

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Are We Alone for 01/24/11 - Gone Missing!

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Are We Alone - Gone Missing!

We all hear about research discoveries, but what about what scientists don’t find? Tune in for a round-up of eureka moments that have yet to come, such as the hunt for the dark energy of the universe and the search for the elusive elementary particle responsible for the mass of objects.

Also, we miss the woolly mammoth so much, scientists plan to clone the hairy beast and bring the extinct animal back.

Plus, why the missing link is no longer missing, what extrasolar planets have now been found, and – NASA money for science: where’d it go?

Guests:

Permalink:  http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Gone_Missing_

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

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Are We Alone for 01/17/11 - You've Got Sol!

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Are We Alone - You've Got Sol!

It’s the star of our solar system, but much about the Sun is still mysterious. Find out what a new NASA mission to our favorite fireball might discover about its super-hot outer regions.

Also, why the most common stars in the galaxy don’t shine thanks to nuclear energy as our Sun does. And, recreating Sol’s energy source on Earth at the National Ignition Facility.

Plus, an ex-Star Wars animator and photographer on how to film an atomic blast.

Guests:
  • Peter Kuran – An animator on Star Wars, now a filmmaker, documentarian of “”http://www.atomcentral.com/trinity.html">Trinity and Beyond,” and author of How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb
  • Davy Kirkpatrick – Astronomer, California Institute of Technology, and scientist for NASA’s WISE mission
  • Stuart Bale – Physicist at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory
  • Mike Dunne – Physicist, and Program Director for Fusion Energy at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

Permalink:  http://radio.seti.org/episodes/You_ve_Got_Sol_

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

Monday, January 10, 2011

Released: An Agreement with Hell by Dru Pagliassotti

Posted on behalf of Jason Sizemore - Apex Book Company:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Apex Book Company Announces the Release of An Agreement with Hell by Dru Pagliassotti

January 11, 2011 -- Apex Book Company, a small press publisher specializing in the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres, announced today that it has officially released the novel AN AGREEMENT WITH HELL, a paranormal-horror novel by noted genre author Dru Pagliassotti (CLOCKWORK ANGELS).

In the divine struggle between good and evil, humans are hardly noticeable to the mal’akhim, but when an ancient seal is broken on the grounds of a California college campus, beings from dimensions beyond the balance of holy and unholy erupt from the earth. A retired priest and an ailing magickian must trust the mysterious Walker Between the Worlds and his skin-eating demon familiar as they step through Heisenbergian passages of probability and battle forces that are so far beyond demon they cannot be fully seen in earthly dimensions. Amidst the earthquakes and interdimensional intruders, the students and staff of California Hills University step across the boundaries of their knowledge and faith, revealing their true natures as the night erupts in earth and blood.

Jason Sizemore, owner of Apex Book Company, commented that: "In order for Apex Magazine to retain and attract talented authors like Seanan McGuire and Ekaterina Sedia, we will focus on ensuring our paid subscribers understand how valuable they are to the success of our digital magazine."

Dru Pagliassotti is the author of the award-winning steampunk novel Clockwork Heart and her short stories have been published in a variety of zines and anthologies. She is currently co-editing Day Terrors, a horror anthology from The Harrow Press. A professor of communication at California Lutheran University, Dru also recently co-edited the scholarly volume Boy’s Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre.

The book is available as a trade paperback or in common eBook formats.

For more information about AN AGREEMENT WITH HELL, visit: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/an-agreement-with-hell/
About Apex Book Company: Based out of Lexington, Kentucky, Apex Book Company is owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore and has been operating since 2005. In addition to Apex Magazine, the company publishes such books as NYT bestselling author Alethea Kontis’s Beauty and Dynamite, Nebula Award nominee Jennifer Pelland’s Unwelcome Bodies, and John W. Campbell Award winner Michael A. Burstein’s I Remember the Future collection.

Questions? Contact Jason B. Sizemore at: jason@apexbookcompany.com


Apex Book Company - Dark SF, Fantasy, and Horror
http://www.apexbookcompany.com

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Are We Alone for 01/10/11 - That's So Random!

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Are We Alone - That's So Random!
Random is as random does… makes sense doesn’t even that anyway in tune hear to randomness how lives rules.

Brain chaos the drives, restoration role of help insight ecology may into randomness the, numbers sense of make statistics can’t why we or, ants not seem of erratic behavior why the may but is.

Guests:


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

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Contributors and news items wanted.

Like the subject says "Contributors and news items wanted", so if you are a fen living in the Cascadia region (WA, OR, ID, BC) and there abouts and you want to contribute to this blog, or you just have some news that is of interest to other fen then feel free to drop me a line at: NWSFSNEWS AT gmail.com

Cheers ~ Jim Cox / NWSFS News.

Jeff Calrson - Sneak peek of the new book!

Check out the lastest news from Jeff Carlson at: http://www.jverse.com/blog/

New Sci Fi Release - The Spanish Gatekeeper

Posted on behalf of Kaladar Books:

Jules Verne & HG Wells meet Rider Haggard? The Spanish Gatekeeper Book I – a new Sci Fi Fantasy adventure by Bernard Dukas. Now on NOOKbook from BN.com. Learn more - visit our website: www.kaladarbooks.com 


I received the  notice above from Kaladar Books a while back and I am just not getting round to posting it.  I haven't checked the site out, nor do I know anything about them, but it does sound interesting.  Feel free to email me or comment if you know something about this publisher ~ Jim Cox - NWSFS News.

Dark Faith announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Apex Book Company Announces Sale on Horror Anthology Dark Faith, their Best-Selling Title of 2010

 

January 4, 2011 -- Apex Book Company, a small press publisher specializing in the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres, announced today that Dark Faith, a horror anthology edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, is their best-selling title of 2010.
 
Published in May 2010, Dark Faith is a themed anthology designed by Maurice Broaddus that explores the concept of what faith means. Over two dozen authors in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres penned stories for this anthology including: Jay Lake, Lavie Tidhar, Matt Cardin, Nick Mamatas, Jennifer Pelland, Richard Dansky, Mary Robinette Kowal, Chesya Burke, Lucien Soulban, Gary A. Braunbeck and others.
 
Maurice Broaddus, the co-editor for this unique anthology, said that: "My goal was to do something different with a themed horror anthology. I'm glad (and relieved!) to know that Dark Faith has found an audience."

 

To celebrate the success of Dark Faith, Apex Book Company is offering the e-book on sale at DriveThruHorror.com for $1.99, which is over fifty percent off the cover price.  Visit http://www.drivethruhorror.com for more details.

About Apex Book Company: Based out of Lexington, Kentucky, Apex Book Company is owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore and has been operating since 2005. In addition to Apex Magazine, the company publishes such books as NYT bestselling author Alethea Kontis’s Beauty and Dynamite, Nebula Award nominee Jennifer Pelland’s Unwelcome Bodies, and John W. Campbell Award winner Michael A. Burstein’s I Remember the Future
On the Web: http://www.apexbookcompany.com
collection.
 
Questions? Contact Jason B. Sizemore at: jason@apexbookcompany.com

Apex Magazine subscription drive

Apex Book Company Announces Renewed Focus on Subscribers and First-Ever Magazine Subscription Drive
 

January 4, 2011 -- Apex Book Company, a small press publisher specializing in the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres, announced today that it has made a significant change to their monthly edition of Apex Magazine. Subscribers and single-issue purchasers will now get an exclusive first look at the stories and poems before anyone else.
 
Prior to January 2011, Apex Magazine was offered to both subscribers and non-subscribers alike. As of January 1st, the magazine, which is edited by Cat Valente, will no longer be offered for free on the publisher's website until the next issue debuts.
 
Jason Sizemore, owner of Apex Book Company, commented that: "In order for Apex Magazine to retain and attract talented authors like Seanan McGuire and Ekaterina Sedia, we will focus on ensuring our paid subscribers understand how valuable they are to the success of our digital magazine."

 

Annual subscriptions to Apex Magazine are available for one dollar per issue, $12 US. The twentieth issue of Apex Magazine features stories and poems by Douglas F. Warrick, Seanan McGuire and Mary Robinette Kowal, Mike Allen and Preston Grassman.

 

Individual issues of Apex Magazine are available digitally for most e-readers through several online retailers including: Amazon.com, DriveThruSciFi.com, Smashwords.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

 

To subscribe to Apex Magazine, visit: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-store/subscriptions/

About Apex Book Company: Based out of Lexington, Kentucky, Apex Book Company is owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore and has been operating since 2005. In addition to Apex Magazine, the company publishes such books as NYT bestselling author Alethea Kontis’s Beauty and Dynamite, Nebula Award nominee Jennifer Pelland’s Unwelcome Bodies, and John W. Campbell Award winner Michael A. Burstein’s I Remember the Future
On the Web: http://www.apexbookcompany.com
collection.
 
Questions? Contact Jason B. Sizemore at: jason@apexbookcompany.com

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Are We Alone for 01/03/11 - Do Computers Byte?

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Are We Alone - Do Computers Byte?

ENCORE: The march of computer technology continues. But as silicon chips and search engines become faster and more productive – can the same be said for us?

The creator of Wolfram Alpha describes how his new “computational knowledge engine” is changing – and improving – how we process information. Meanwhile, suffering from data and distraction burnout? Find out what extremes some folks take to stop their search engines.

Also, the Singularity sensation of humans merging with machines… and, why for the ancient Greeks all of this is “been there, done that.” A deep sea dive turns up a 2,000 year old computer!

Guests:

Permalink:  http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Do_Computers_Byte_

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