Saturday, April 30, 2011

Are We Alone for 05/02/11 - Skeptic Check: Mayhem and Octoberhem

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: Mayhem and Octoberhem

The end is nigh. Only, on which nigh should we rely? According to billboards, Judgment Day is in May and the end of the world follows months later. But other authorities claim 2012 as the apocalyptic year, as predicted by the ancient Mayans. It’s a busy time for doomsday prophecy.

Find out what’s driving these pessimistic predictions and whether it’s time to cash in your stock portfolio.

Meanwhile, a survey of the real threats to Earth, and indeed to the universe, from asteroids, exploding stars, or a big cosmic rip. And the lingering menace of atomic weapons… Is nuclear war inevitable or can intelligence and political will forestall atomic Armageddon?

Finally, why everything’s going to be alright! An optimist’s tour of the future.

It’s Skeptic Check, our monthly look at critical thinking on
Are We Alone.

Guests:

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Monday, April 25, 2011

News Release: Heroes in Hell series return

Heroes In Hell Returning; New Volume, Lawyers In Hell, Coming July 2011

The award-winning Heroes in Hell series, originally published in twelve mass-market volumes in the late `80s, is set to return this July. A thirteenth volume, Lawyers in Hell, will be released in limited-edition hardcover in July 2011, followed by e-books, trade paperbacks, and mass-market editions.

Janet Morris, CJ Cherryh, Chris Morris, Nancy Asire, and Michael A. Armstrong will be returning from the original series; there'll also be stories by Michael Z. Williamson, Scott Oden, Bruce Durham, Allan Gilbreath and others.

For more information, go to http://heroesinhell.wordpress.com or contact heroesinhell@gmail.com

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Are We Alone for 04/25/11 - Fuel's Paradise

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Are We Alone - Fuel's Paradise

You know the joke about the car and the snail. Look at that escargot? Well, snails may be the only thing not powering the automobiles of the future. Trees, grass, algae, even the garbage you toss on the sidewalk has potential for conversion into biofuel. What is America’s next top model fuel? Join us on a tour of the contenders.

Meet a man who’s mad about miscanthus … an astrobiologist’s attraction to algae… and the blueprint for building your own biofuel bugs.

Also, discover whether any of these next-generation fuel sources could take us to the stars. Put that in your rocket and burn it!

Guests:
  • Madhu Khanna – Professor of Agriculture and Environmental Economics at the University of Illinois and at the Energy Biosciences Institute
  • Stephen Long – Professor of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Michelle Chang – Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Bret Stroegn – Graduate student researcher, Energy Bioscience Institute, University of California at Berkeley
  • Jonathan Trent – Bioengineering Research Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center and founder of Global Research into Energy and the Enviornment (GREEN )
  • Richard Obousy – Physicist and co-founder and project leader for Project Icarus

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

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Apex Magazine Issue 23 released

http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online

Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror
magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field.

Our April issue begins the first of our new expanded editions. More
great content for one great price!

Eugie Foster returns to the pages of Apex with the Japanese-flavored
“Biba Jibun.” Michael J. Deluca marks his first appearance with the rather fantastical dark story “The Eater.” Relive the horrors of Mike Allen’s Nebula Award-nominated “The Button Bin.” Rose Lemberg’s poem “Thirteen Principles of Faith”, Jennifer Pelland’s Nebula Award-nominated story “Ghosts of New York,” (Dark Faith), and the history of the Nebula Awards by Michael A. Burstein round out a robust and hefty issue of Apex Magazine.

Apex Magazine is edited by award-winning author and editor Catherynne 
M. Valente.

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

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Are We Alone for 04/18/11 - Big, Really Big

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Are We Alone - Big, Really Big

The universe is big – really big.* Galaxies, for instance, are often large enough to hold a trillion stars. But how did these heavenly heavyweights come to be? Hear how still-mysterious dark matter is implicated in the birth of galaxies.

Also, gamma ray bursts – explosions more energetic than anything since the Big Bang – take place somewhere in the visible universe every day. What are they, and could they obliterate life on Earth?

And, the biggest cosmic mystery de jour: dark energy. Why new, super-size telescopes may finally reveal just what it is.

We’re living large on “Big, Really Big.”

*appreciative nod to Douglas Adams

Guests:

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Are We Alone for 04/11/11 - Skeptic Check: Swimming in Denial

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: Swimming in Denial

ENCORE: Public distrust of science is higher than at any time since the Enlightenment. New Yorker writer Michael Specter argues how our anti-science bias and our irrationalism about everything from genetically modified foods to climate change to childhood vaccines endangers our future.

And remember when… a look back at scientists who at first pooh-poohed plate tectonics… meteorites, and quantum physics. How the evidence turned them around.

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

Guests:

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

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, April 3, 2011

The Spanish Gatekeeper - Compton Crook Award Finalist

Kaladar Books is exceedingly pleased to announce The Spanish Gatekeeper - Empire of the Ulfair by Bernard Dukas is a 2011 Compton Crook Award Finalist.

Written in the best traditions of Wells, Verne and Rider Haggard, The Spanish Gatekeeper is an endearing adventure that plays on history and the fables of our past. This imaginative unearthing of Spain’s long forgotten links to another world is old-school speculative fiction crafted with all the advantages of 21st century perspective.

A family heirloom steeped in Galician folklore is the key to entwined tales of adventure, romance, ignominy and courage, flush with creatures both familiar and unfamiliar. Caught in a world where the rules they’ve come to trust no longer apply, Peter and his cousin, Bonifacia, must adapt or die.

Read it now! on eBook from
Amazon.com and BN.com

Meet the author at Balticon 45!
Saturday, May 28

Coming, from Kaladar Books!  Spring 2011 – Book II in the Spanish Gatekeeper series – Gwellem’s Hitch, and  Summer 2011 – Book III – Og’yre War by Bernard Dukas.

For more details or to order the trade paperback, visit our website:

Are We Alone for 04/04/11 - Sex and the SETI

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Are We Alone - Sex and the SETI

ENCORE: Birds do it. Bees do it. But no one sings about how they do it. And frankly, not even Cole Porter can make bedroom behavior that involves decapitating your mate sound romantic. And what rhymes with “cannibalism?” But the animal world abounds with bizarre sexual behavior… and it’s all perfectly normal.

Find out how female spiders lure males to their doom… why dolphins are the friskiest of mammals… whether E.T. would have sex… and why sexual reproduction evolved in the first place.

Also, why the marketing gurus have it all wrong: driving a Hummer or wearing Gucci won’t help you land a mate. Find out what will.

Guests:

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

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