April, 2012


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Apr 12

The Conversation All About Us Unheard

SETI was looking for evidence of extraterrestrials by scanning radio signals, trying to find the artificial against the backdrop of natural; no luck. Now they’re moving higher frequency: “Geoff Marcy is a prolific planet hunter, but now he’s turning his gaze to alien civilizations. He hopes they may be criss-crossing space with laser beams”. I don’t know as that’ll work. We’ll develop faster, more high frequency use of energy–neutrino transmission?–and as we do, we’ll start looking for the ETs on that level.

As we speed up, we catch up–and eventually we’ll catch up to them enough we’ll see or hear what is now invisible to us–signals that may be blaring through the galaxy, through media too refined for us to see or hear just yet.


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Apr 12

NEW SCIENCE-FICTION NOVELETTE…BY ME…ONLINE AT…

“ELDER CRUISER”, a new novelette, is online and available, FREE, at The FREEZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION.

All five parts are there.

Start here:

http://freezineoffantasyandsciencefiction.blogspot.com/2012/04/elder-cruiser-i.html


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Apr 12

A Surcharge for Not Being Poisoned

It is one of the primary absurdities, and “soft cruelties” (our society abounds in soft cruelties) of modern life, that we have to pay extra to not have our food poisoned. Organic food, so called (it used to be simply…food), costs more. You have to pay extra to have food that was never sprayed with nerve toxins. Non-processed meat? That’ll be extra, please.

“Sir–would you like that poisoned nonpoisoned?”

“Uhhh…not poisoned.”

“That’ll be twentyeight per cent extra. Sign here.”

(We’re also paying extra to not encourage the poisoning of our environment. a lot of the reason I buy organic is because of the damage that pesticide and herbicides do to the environment; to the water; to animal habitats…)

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/03/29/143587/pesticides-suspected-in-mass-die.html


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Apr 12

New Science Fiction Novelette by John Shirley serialized online, free, at…

The story, ELDER CRUISER, is being serialized (new chapter every day) here at the online magazine, the Freezine of Fantasy and Science Fiction:

http://freezineoffantasyandsciencefiction.blogspot.com/2012/04/elder-cruiser-i.html


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Apr 12

A SONG CALLED YOUTH is calling from BOINGBOING

Check out BoingBoing’s song of praise, here:

http://boingboing.net/2012/03/31/john-shirleys-seminal-song.html

Both the ebook version and the physical book now available at amazon…

http://www.amazon.com/Song-Called-Youth-John-Shirley/dp/1607013304/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333315592&sr=1-1