This Week in Misogyny

There was a ton of great writing about Bill Cosby this week, and because there needs to be balance in the universe or some shit, a corresponding amount of truly heinous commentary. Let’s dive on in. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny

Women of Science Fiction: Lois McMaster Bujold’s Falling Free

I had been meaning to check out Lois McMaster Bujold’s sci-fi novels for a couple of years (because I really enjoyed her Sharing Knife fantasy series), but my local libraries and bookstores never had the straight-run of her popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. As a slightly off-topic aside: nothing puts me off a writer or a series quicker than a library not holding one/several of the books in a series for no apparent reason (yeah yeah, stolen or lost… but you can replace it eventually, you cheapskates). My current library system is fantastic, however, and I can generally request and receive an interlibrary loan of any book (except for the newest and shiniest of the new releases). Falling Free is the first novel in the internal chronology of the Vorkosigan Saga, and I’m pleased I took the time to track down a copy. Read More Women of Science Fiction: Lois McMaster Bujold’s Falling Free

EXCLUSIVE: I Was at the SpaceX Dragon Launch (and it was amazing)

This weekend, I got to have a once in a lifetime experience: I was one of 50 people chosen to participate in a two-day NASA Social surrounding the scheduled launch of the SpaceX Dragon, the first commercial vehicle going to the International Space Station. I got to meet some amazing people, hear some of the brightest minds speak, and see inside places that many NASA employees have never seen. How did this all happen? What was it like? Did we eventually get to see the rocket take off? Read on to find out.

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Science News Roundup: 4/3/12

Two weeks ago, we discussed several new species and a possible new human ancestor that have been recently discovered, and this week we’ve found trees thought to be extinct and what may be a new step (literally) in human evolution. Researchers may have also discovered the reason behind declining bee populations. And in space news, we may have a new method of finding our way through the stars, and a piece of NASA history has been rediscovered after more than 40 years. Read More Science News Roundup: 4/3/12