A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun’s surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research using NASA data shows. The work highlights the role of the Sun’s magnetic landscape, or topology, in the development of solar eruptions that can trigger space weather events around Earth. The scientists, led by Tahar Amari, an […]Read more "Sun’s Magnetic Cage Stopped Solar Eruption"
The Super Hugos by Isaac Asimov My rating: 5 of 5 stars This collection was an outstanding tour of some of the very best science fiction of all time. If you can lay your hands on this book, if you’re a science fiction fan, you really must read it. I have reviewed most of the […]Read more "Book Review: The Super Hugos, Presented by Isaac Asimov"
When it comes to crossing the vast gulfs between the solar system and other stellar systems, SF writers turn to two main solutions: small and fast1 or big and slow. Perhaps the best known example of “big and slow” is the generation ship, large enough to qualify as a large town or even a small nation, […]Read more "Generation Ships"
The Big Front Yard by Clifford D. Simak My rating: 4 of 5 stars Read for the 12 in 12 Challenge and the Big Fun in a Little Package Novella Challenge. This story won the 1959 Hugo Award for Best Novelette. This story is a fun speculation about what happens when ordinary folks in a […]Read more "Book Review: The Big Front Yard by Clifford D. Simak"
The Star by Arthur C. Clarke My rating: 4 of 5 stars Read for the 12 in 12 Challenge. This story won the 1956 Hugo for Best Short Story. This, along with A Case of Conscience by James Blish, is a story from a similar period in which the author confronts the apparent opposition of […]Read more "Story Review: The Star by Arthur C. Clarke"
Enemy Mine by Barry B. Longyear My rating: 5 of 5 stars Read for the 12 in 12 Challenge and the Big Fun in a Little Package Novella Challenge. This book won the 1979 Nebula and 1980 Hugo and Locus Awards for Best Novella. I saw the movie many years ago. In the days of […]Read more "Book Review: Enemy Mine by Barry B. Longyear"