September 2nd, 2010

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Market for Canadian SF

Canadian writers may find this worth pursuing.  Julie Czerneda is a very talented writer and editor; I've been impressed with her work, so seeing her involved with this project is a definite perk. I would particularly like to encourage my Canadian readers to help with the signal boost for this submission call; I know I've got a handful here but you'll probably reach a lot more Canadians than I will.


For  Immediate Release
(Calgary, Alberta) EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is delighted  to
announce that "Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales", is now
open for submissions.

Submissions open September 1, 2010 thru November 30, 2010.
This edition of the award winning series of original Canadian Speculative
Fiction comes with a twist and touch of whimsy.
"We've decided to do something different with Tesseracts Fifteen." said Brian 
Hades, owner of the EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing imprint.
"This  volume will focus on Young Adult Speculative Fiction - which can include
science fiction, fantasy, and horror. However submissions must appeal to the YA
audience and be PG-14 in content. As usual, Tesseracts Fifteen is open to both
short  fiction and poetry submissions."
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On the Market

I've been working on submissions this week.  These include...

* A story and supporting nonfiction for Torn World's musical instrument contest
* Batches of poetry to Asimov's SF, Microcosms, Greatest Uncommon Denominator, Abyss & Apex, and Dreams & Nightmares.
* Short story "Arfrus Beeblebottom, Wizard" to Apex
* Short story "June Dreams" to Atomic Chipmunk

I often use the online market guide Duotrope's Digest to find places to send my stuff.  They have very sophisticated search parameters for both fiction and poetry.  Current need status is Yellow/Medium for both the monthly and yearly goals; please consider making a donation to support this useful service.
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Science and Religion on Creation

The point of science is not to prove or disprove religious principles.  It is to examine how the world works.

Now, I personally consider science and spirituality to be harmonious.  They don't have to conflict, although if you mess with them you can make that happen.  I understand that considering them to be opponents is a popular idea.  But I don't think it's very good for either science or religion.  There's nothing that says the Divine cannot use science to set up a universe.  The fact that the wind can make snowballs doesn't mean I can't do it myself.

And this?  This would have happened whether evolution or God(s) created the life forms for a planet, because both would design ones that fit the given environment.
Hawking says the first blow to Newton's belief that the universe could not have arisen from chaos was the observation in 1992 of a planet orbiting a star other than our Sun. "That makes the coincidences of our planetary conditions – the single sun, the lucky combination of Earth-sun distance and solar mass – far less remarkable, and far less compelling as evidence that the Earth was carefully designed just to please us human beings," he writes.

Anyhow, the science behind this article about the creation of the universe is interesting, but the implications are ... poorly handled, in my opinion.  Even smart people say dumb things sometimes.  This is just ... WTF.
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An Appropriate Use of Tracking Technology

Sometimes being findable is a very good thing. Here's an article about using GPS beacons in wilderness rescues. While I wouldn't approve of making it mandatory for people to carry locators, it is extremely prudent to do so if you are going on a long trip, into risky terrain, places that are hard to reach, avalanche zones, etc. When considering how to apply technology responsibly, balance the potential for abuse against the potential for benefit. We lose a fair number of people to wilderness accidents -- and some of those are among our boldest and brightest. I'd rather offer them better safeguards than clip their wings.

This lifesaving device is brought to you courtesy of NASA. Your tax dollars at work, doing something that actually does not suck.