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I’m pleased to present to you Jon Foster’s cover illustration for the second Legion novella, Legion: Skin Deep, coming later this year from Subterranean Press. http://subterraneanpress.com/store/product_detail/legion_skin_deep I think Mr. Foster did a fantastic job with this illustration, and I like it even better than his cover for Subterranean Press’s edition of the original Legion.

If you haven’t read the original and aren’t familiar with the concept, I describe Legion as a fast-paced, witty, and supremely fun thriller with a psychological bent. Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It’s his hallucinations who are mad. A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people—Stephen calls them aspects—to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes, he is joined by a team of imaginary experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation. He uses them to solve problems . . . for a price. His brain is getting a little crowded, however, and the aspects have a tendency of taking on lives of their own.

A good way to check out the first Legion is in the Cosmic SciFi StoryBundle that’s available for only the next 9 hours as of this posting. http://storybundle.com/scifi And there’s an excerpt here: http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/08/legion-excerpt

Ever since I wrote the original Legion novella, readers have been asking when we’ll see more of Stephen Leeds’s adventures. And the answer is in just a few months. Stephen and his aspects are some of my favorite characters to write, so it was a joy to get back to them. And this time the adventure lasts twice as long—while the first novella was 18,000 words, this one is 36,000, longer than The Emperor’s Soul. It explores Stephen’s world in interesting new ways, and if you liked his first story at all you’re going to love this one. You can read a preview here: http://brandonsanderson.com/legion-skin-deep/

This book will also be released as an ebook and an audiobook, but the only version up for preorder at this time is Subterranean’s gorgeous limited edition. A special bonus for the limited edition readers is that you will also get the ebook version before anyone else.

Description from Subterranean Press:

Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive) and his stellar continuation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In Legion, a short, distinctly contemporary novella filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson revealed a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent. In the stunning sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, that talent is on full display.

Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there’s a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous . . .

What follows is a visionary thriller about the potential uses of technology, the mysteries of the human personality, and the ancient human need to believe that death is not the end. Legion: Skin Deep is speculative fiction at it most highly developed. It reaffirms Sanderson’s place as one of contemporary fiction’s most intelligent—and unpredictable—voices.

Legion: Skin Deep will feature a full-color dust jacket, and two full-page, full-color interior illustrations by Jon Foster.

In addition, upon publication, everyone who has preordered Legion: Skin Deep direct from SubPress will receive a free copy of the ebook.

Limited: 2500 numbered copies, bound in leather, signed by the author.
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Waking up a 30+ year old earth moon satellite by private funding NASA had shut down 15 years ago. Also see their page at http://www.rockethub.com/42228
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On researchers joining forces to buy helium (new blog post)

Whenever I meet researchers working in low-temperature physics, the worry are helium prices. When I did my PhD a long time ago, I was able to buy 100 litre dewars of liquid helium without thinking too much about its price. Since then, times have changed a…
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The total area of solar panels it would take to power the world, Europe, and Germany. http://boingboing.net/2014/06/12/the-total-area-of-solar-panels.html
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Just for funsies, I just calculated the approximate cost of such a project, bare minimum.  (Are you sitting down?  You should be.)  This would cost in the neighborhood of $132 Trillion dollars, without considering the cost of installation or maintenance.  (That's about 1.5 times the Gross World Product.)
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Yikes - Hackerspace taken by armed militants: http://boingboing.net/2014/06/11/armed-masked-russian-separati.html
The Izolyatsia makerspace in Donetsk, Ukraine, has been seized by armed, masked Russian separatists from the Donetsk People's Republic, who denounced it as "decadent" and accused it of being "an American-funded anti-Rus...
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I'm a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.  My PhD thesis is focused on the study of a single grain-boundary in Copper Indium Diselenide (CIS, CIGS).  It is my opinion that the study of grain-boundaries in this difficult to understand material will be critical to improving device properties in the coming years.  For some reason, grainboundaries in CI(G)S are unimportant to device properties.  By understanding why this is, we may be able to tailor boundaries to exploit this strange occurance, ultimately increasing solar cell efficiency.

I tinker, I wrench, and I am an inventor at heart.  The world is too interesting not to explore it.  I love bringing together concepts to solve complex problems.
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I survived a 92° wedding! In my research, I developed a fancy interfacial polymerization method to produce nanopowder thermosets and built an iPVD system for nanostructured solar cell films. As a kid, I won a national NASA/NSTA competition- it's so long ago, I feel bad putting that on anything other than my G+ profile.
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Fair warning. We purchased some La Brea bread today from Schnuck's in Urbana, and the bread was clearly re-labelled two days later. It's clearly old bread and moving towards stale bread. We are shocked by this practice. It's very clear that the bread was re-marked with a future date, and we've contacted corporate Schnucks about this.
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Jon's truly is a world-class pipe-shop. Every place I travel to, I try to visit the local tobacconists. They're all dying out, or turning into almost pure cigar shops. [That is if you find a real pipe shop, and not a head-shop that sells portable scales and incense.] Jon's is amazing. They have an insane selection of pipes. There's a reason one of the world's best pipe-makers (The Danish Former) visits Jon's first thing upon coming to the U.S. If you can't find a nice new pipe you like, dip into the estate pipe drawers. There's always a pipe you'll love from $25 all the way up to $200+ in the estates. They're one of the few shops I've ever found that have most major well known pipe tobacco blenders on hand to sample and sell by the oz. (from bulk). They even have the St. Germain's in bulk! Almost unheard of. Couple oz's of Penzance, no problem. So, for pipes, you can't go wrong. But, it doesn't end there... they have walls of cigars kept in their humidor, from the $1 to the $25+, and are very knowledgeable with these as well. Heck, they even sell Hookah tobacco and nasal snuff if that's more your style. Don't let the single aisle put you off, it's not airy because they have so much stock on hand, I much prefer to have to elbow my way through amazing tobaccos and pipes than sit in a swanky chair at a place without this selection. So far they're tops in my books, and everyone coming into town is sure to stop in when they visit, there's a reason why! But, don't trust me, go see for yourself.
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