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One more blow to the long-crumbling edifice that stands between "science fiction writers" and "real writers" -- and I'm glad if this is an imaginary distinction only old people care about anymore.
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Yes, social media's culture wars can get overheated and silly — because "real" politics is totally broken
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The NSA advice columnist is either oblivious to irony or a master of it.  Also, there is an NSA advice columnist.
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Here's a really awesome map of our Solar System, with the scale set at our Moon being 1 pixel across. 

I think +Pamela L. Gay said it best that communicating science well requires a good mix of science AND creativity. This interactive map has plenty of both!

The scaling is accurate, and I love the little "comments" between destinations in the solar system. For those with a short attention span, there are icons on the top you can click to view the major destinations. 

I'd urge you all to actually take the time to scroll through the entire map. Remember, sometimes the journey is more enjoyable than the destination. ;) 

#solarsystem   #scienceeveryday   #science  
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I teleported straight to Pluto. Only planet worth visiting, if you ask me. The others have all become too touristy.

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A very good blog post on why old school published writers should embrace self-publishing.  It's important to bear in mind that publishers today can't do as much for a writer as they once did...and even then it was never as much as non-writers might think.
Via PassiveGuy, who was linking to an article from ScienceFiction.com about a convention speech by bestselling sci-fi author Tracy Hickman to a room full of writers. Quote Tracy: “I have to do more now,” he said finally. A hu...
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Sony Pictures and Marvel Comics expect to bring in a quarter of a million dollars with Amazing Spider-Man 2.  The writer of the comic on which the film is based has not even been invited to the opening.  A ticket or two would literally cost them nothing, but Marvel and Sony expect Gerry Conway to buy his own ticket to see a movie based on a story he wrote.
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+Jürgen Erhard, if we didn't, we found out when Jim Starlin wasn't invited to see a film in which Thanos appears, and Chris Claremont got snubbed for a Wolverine film.

(To be fair, Joe Simon was invited to see Captain America.  Simon was also invited to visit the set during filming, but he wasn't fit enough to make it to England.  I don't know who was responsible for the invite, but at least someone involved showed some class.)

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Look at this guy's background.  In real life, racist loons do not fit neatly into the lazy "ignorant Southern redneck" stereotype.
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“Kyle was the epitome of clean-cut All-American guy."  This is the kind of sentence you usually only find in an article about a serial killer.

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Most of what everyone thinks they know about the murder of Kitty Genovese is wrong.
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I have to admit, it always annoyed me that Alan Moore perpetuated the false version of events in Watchmen purely for the sake of a hero's origin story.  
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