Cool Things Happening on the Space Front

Recently, I learned of exciting things happening in the world of space exploration – and thought you might enjoy them too. But first, to get you properly in the mindset, I present two images from space. Aren’t these gorgeous!

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Cosplay Isn’t Just Dress-Up

Like all aspects of the geek universe, cosplay is gaining popularity. I first heard about it from Thing1 who absolutely wants to be a part of it. For that reason, I looked into it and, personally, find cosplay fascinating.

Female Klingon Warrior Cosplayer and I at 2012 ConCarolinas

Female Klingon Cosplayer and I at 2012 ConCarolinas

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My Favorite SF/F Female Warrior Characters

Thursday’s announcement that the Pentagon has opened combat roles to women inspired me to list my favorite female warrior characters in scifi and fantasy books, tv, and film. These are the women, in no particular order, I’d want on my side in a battle.

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Of cabbages–and kings–and space

I know it’s a little late, but I hope all the mothers out there had a lovely Mother’s Day.  Mine was quiet, for the most part, which was what I needed.  For a while now my allergies and asthma have kicked up a notch with all the flowering trees and bushes and, well, flowers, bursting out.  So for Mother’s Day, my family made a beautiful breakfast, then, my husband took our oldest with him to run errands, so the youngest stayed home with me and we read quietly, snuggled into bed.  Later, we ordered  Avatar, which I think everyone except us has seen already.  Considering my previous post, the movie definitely started the ‘ol grey matter workin’ it’s way out of an antihistimine fog…  Continue reading

Space Is Still the Ultimate Destination

I know this blog has been mainly about the fantasy genre, as that is what I’m interested in writing.  However, science fiction holds a huge place in my heart and, as a result, has sparked a life-long interest in the stars and the thrill of humans exploring and living in space.  

I remember watching the original Star Trek series in syndication and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos with my dad when I was a kid.  Which led me to read science fiction, with Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein as my favorite authors.  Over the years, I’ve been a fan of just about every tv series or film of Star Wars, Star Trek, Farscape, Stargate, Dr. Who (newer incarnation), and many others.                  

When the space shuttle program started in the 80s, I was ecstatic.  I was glued to the tv when they showed the first landing and I’ve watched shuttle launches and missions on the web.  I remember poring over my grandmother’s National Geographic with the first Hubble telescope images.  I was fascinated and reluctant to give it back.  A couple years ago, I bought one of those coffeetable books at a garage sale with big, beautiful, full-color pictures of the earth, planets, sun, nebulae and galaxies.  I sat mesmerized for hours looking through it.          

Now, this may not be the most popular opinion right now, but, dammit, humans belong out in space.    

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