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M. Alan Kazlev
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Currently working on the first in an upcoming series of epic Hard Science Fiction Imaginal Space Fantasy novels
Currently working on the first in an upcoming series of epic Hard Science Fiction Imaginal Space Fantasy novels

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Eloquent analysis on the coming US election by the philosopher Cornel West

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Seems like the end permian mass extinction wasn't as extreme as previously thought, tho still the biggest in the history of life. The major mass extinctions listed in the paper (follow published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences link, the paper is pretty technical), are Late Ordovician, late Devonian, mid/late Carboniferous, mid Permian, end Permian, and end Cretaceous. Not included are the end Edicarian and several Cambrian extinction events. The two late Triassic mass extinctions don't seem to have been such a big deal, tho they did wipe out a number of animal groups. Hence the popular term "Sixth Extinction" is misleading, it should be the Seventh Extinction (which gives it a more melodramatic feel, like The Seventh Seal and all that bible stuff)

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Very insightful analysis 

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A bit of historical background on the origin of monotheistic, patriarchal, religion.

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Latest iteration of the Alcione, and some worldbuilding comments on the philosophy and lifestyle of the freehaulers, for my science fiction space opera work in progress, Freehauler Alcione http://freehauleralcione.com/2016/01/12/alcione-re-envisaged-as-a-reactionless-drive-freighter/

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Lateral and dorsal-ventral view of the freehauler Alcione as a reactionless drive ship. Negative mass drive unit is at the rear. The disc structure at the front is a meteor shield. Drawing by M Alan Kazlev, copyright 2016.
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