Category Archives: Exobiology

alien critters

So, do you expect ETs will be wierder than anything on Earth? This little guy begs to differ.

Meet the carnivorous sea slug that uses its huge, gelatinous head as a fishing net to catch its prey, identified as Melibe viridis. pic.twitter.com/Shdwy8aDRF — Sofía M. Villalpando (@sofiabiologista) March 28, 2017 Meet Melibe Viridis. Tiny but terrifying. Envelops its … Continue reading

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A big ‘scope gets a power-boost, turns mirror-gaze to Alpha/Proxima Centauri system

The big-ass Very Large Telescope down in Chile gets a new pair of exo-goggles. Then, as part of the $100 million Breakthrough initiative searching for off-world life, it’ll zoom in on the could-be rocky-earth-like planet we think is orbiting Proxima Centauri, our nearest stellar neighbor. Will this give … Continue reading

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Nearest exoplanet (possibly) ID’d. Yay! Do I pack my exo-bags pronto? Sci Am sez chill out ’cause: insufficient data; may not be life-friendly; red dwarf stars throw more hissy-fit tantrums than Donald Trump; and finally, P-b may not really like… exist.

Still, Proxima b COULD be all kinds of exciting, providing a comfy habitable-zone home for all your fave off-world evo-devo fantasies. But we won’t know for a goodly while, so no need to send off your order for celebratory Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters … Continue reading

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We ALL want to meet advanced, hyper-wise alien space-dolphins wearing walksuits, right? I do! But some people, not so much….

Hope we find extraterrestrial life? Are you SURE you wanna go there? Personally, I’ve always looked forward to the day that SETI announces the BIG SIGNAL or whatever sort of answer we get from Great Out-There. But some thinkers think … Continue reading

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Crystal Kite Award voting now open. So…read any good exovet fiction lately?

Voting for the Crystal Kite Award presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is now open. Winners announced in May.              Sooooo, if you happen to be a voting member, liked Zenn Scarlett and wanna vote for it,  … Continue reading

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So, this book you keep going on about…. is it actually any good?

    “An exciting and worthy follow-up to Zenn Scarlett, with an assortment of loveable new characters… Under Nameless Stars was a perfect blend of action and adventure, character development and humor. Schoon once again proves how inventive he is … Continue reading

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Zenn visits Books Bones & Buffy for a chat. Plus: animal pix!

The Under Nameless Stars Blog Tour bus pulls into the spacious campus parking lot of Tammy Sparks’s hangout for an interview and some photo-bits from the Schoon farm. Join us! Blog Tour & Giveaway: UNDER NAMELESS STARS – Interview & … Continue reading

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Hey, Earther! Read the first pages of Zenn’s new adventure: Under Nameless Stars. Clickety!

In Zenn Scarlett, our young heroine barely survived the plot to destroy the Ciscan Cloister exoveterinary clinic where she’d hoped to complete her novice year of training. Now, instead of her usual routine of caring for the Cloister’s menagerie of … Continue reading

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Zenn’s next adventure looms… How can you tell? Blog Tour Banner!

Book two of the Zenn Scarlett series launches into the star-sequined cosmos in April. And the banner above proves it. Details on the tour stops to follow. Excited. And very. So, can you pre-order this electrifying little package of off-world wonderment right this second … Continue reading

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Exo- Xeno- Astro- Redux-o…

 Since I decided early on in the writing process to tag my book’s heroine Zenn as an exoveterinarian (as opposed to a xenovet), I was musing about this topic long ago in another post, but didn’t see the entry below from … Continue reading

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