Why did they train Luke up and not Princess Leia who was cooler, and had more to fight for, and was less screwed up? Patriarchy! — John Green in his newest Crash Course video (via kinuimani)
This image shows a cutting-edge solar-electric propulsion thruster in development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., that uses xenon ions for propulsion. An earlier version of this solar-electric propulsion engine has been flying on NASA’s Dawn mission to the asteroid belt.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Today is four months until the official publication of Inheritance on Sept. 24th, which means it’s time for another teaser! Click the image or go here to read it.
5 Thoughts about Star Trek Into Darkness vs. Iron Man 3 | Malinda Lo -
Summer movie blockbuster season has begun, and I admit it: I like a good summer blockbuster. Last weekend I saw both Star Trek Into Darkness and Iron Man 3. Basically, I heard that both movies featured potentially problematic villains, and I couldn’t resist comparing them. I’ve been thinking about the movies and reading a lot of online commentary about them all week. Here are my thoughts.
How UFO believers make our government more transparent -
Whether or not you fall into the camp of the 36 percent of Americans who believe that UFOs are zooming around Earth, you’ve got to hand it to the persistence of the believers — the CIA and the National Security Agency are actually dumping UFO-related cables on their public websites. “What other advocacy group can say that they’re getting the government to proactively disclose everything there is to know about a subject?” says McClanahan.
As John Greenewald Jr. puts it: “I would say all of my requests have been successful, in a way. Even a negative response tells a story and offers evidence…. In regards to UFOs, there is always something to look for.”
Cover reveal for Ascension. It’s gorgeous and I couldn’t be happier with it. I hope you love it too!
Art by Scott Grimando, cover design by Sherin Nicole.
#QUEER #POC #POLYAMORY
I had to reblog and add the cover copy, because OMG:
Alana Quick is the best damned sky surgeon in Heliodor City, but repairing starship engines barely pays the bills. When the desperate crew of a cargo vessel stops by her shipyard looking for her spiritually-advanced sister Nova, Alana stows away. Maybe her boldness will land her a long-term gig on the crew. But the Tangled Axon proves to be more than star-watching and plasma coils. The chief engineer thinks he’s a wolf. The pilot fades in and out of existence. The captain is all blond hair, boots, and ego… and Alana can’t keep her eyes off her. But there’s little time for romance: Nova’s in danger and someone will do anything - even destroying planets - to get their hands on her!
My prayers have been answered: Space opera with queer women of color!!
Amazon tries to monetize fan fiction; I freak out | Malinda Lo -
Fan fiction is based on (let’s face it) doing what the original author(s) would probably not do: slash pairings, crossover stories (who doesn’t love a crossover?!), hot steamy sex, etc. Some of it is really incredibly well written; some of it is crap. Will Amazon actually succeed in getting anything good out of this? I don’t know. I know that when I’ve read fan fiction, I’ve read it for all the things Amazon is not going to allow.