Jun 10, 2016

Random Articles - RAW 160610



Is Science Fiction Past Its Sell-By Date? I would answer immediately with a definitive no. See what Ken MacLeod, author of the Engines of Light series has to say in the article below.  Also an article I found quite interesting about how others are 'stealing' existing works and re-selling them as their own. One quote I found staggering was that self published authors need to churn out in up to of 18 books per year in order to survive.

Anyway sit back with your favourite beverage and enjoy a good read this weekend.




Is Science Fiction Past Its Sell-By Date? By Ken MacLeod


Science fiction’s place in mainstream literature is undisputed. Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, Audrey Niffeneger, Kauo Ishiguro, David Mitchell, Cormac McCarthy and many others have written novels that clearly meet the criteria of a scientifically possible departure from present or historic reality. Their popularity is as broad as their respect is high. Ideas far from the everyday — aliens, human clones, time travel, genetic engineering, disasters and dystopias — are no barrier to popular reception and critical success. But most of the readers and some of the writers of these books will hotly deny that they’re science fiction. Read more...


Stealing Books in the Age of Self-Publishing


Many authors who sell their work directly on platforms like Amazon are having their stories plagiarized, which can take an emotional and financial toll. Read more...


Four Ways for Fathers to Engage at Home


(Number 4 is appropriate: Read to them. - Wolf)The impact that engaged fathers have on significantly reducing at-risk-behavior in their children has been well documented. Additionally, fathers who are physically and emotionally engaged lead to increased cognitive development, emotional health, and positive peer-relationships in their children’s lives. This pattern points to God’s design for families to function with men as active participants, not passive observers. Read more...


Create. Don’t Compete


You must get rid of the thought of competition. You are to create, not to compete for what is already created. — Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich
We live in a world in which there are more sources than ever to fuel our envy for our so-called competition as well as our temptation for comparison. I’ve said before that we should compare less and create more.  Read more...


Ancient Irish Musical History Found In Modern India


An archaeologist studying musical horns from iron-age Ireland has found musical traditions, thought to be long dead, are alive and well in south India.The realization that modern Indian horns are almost identical to many iron-age European artifacts reveals a rich cultural link between the two regions 2,000 years ago. Read more...


Secrets Revealed from Pluto’s ‘Twilight Zone’


NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image was obtained at a high phase angle –that is, with the sun on the other side of Pluto, as viewed by New Horizons. Seen here, sunlight filters through and illuminates Pluto’s complex atmospheric haze layers. The southern portions of the nitrogen ice plains informally named Sputnik Planum, as well as mountains of the informally named Norgay Montes, can also be seen across Pluto’s crescent at the top of the image.  Read more...


Fleet Forces: The Significance of Rebel Ships in the Original Trilogy


The evolution of the Rebel fleet signified changed in its ongoing conflict with the empire. Read more...



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