Next stop: the Valles Marineris. Mind the gap.
Too hot. Too cold. Or juuuuust right? Young planets aren’t so comfy for young life forms. But hey, there’s the Earth. So, score one for biology…. Turns out young planets go through all kinds of spasms and hiccups on their way to stability. So, even if say bacterial level life manages to get itself established, things can go seriously sideways at any point after that. On Earth, bacteria ruled as sole monarchs of the place for two billion years, and only then managed to gear up into complex cells and then animal-caliber creatures. So, while we may find delightful slimey bio-film-inhabited planets aplenty, it may be hard to locate anyone able to play chess with, etc. More from the pessimists here.
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 quite yet. Cold-shower arty here.
The ESO announces today what they’ve found orbiting Proxima Centauri. A new Earth right next door? Maybe could be…
Rumors say: the new guy is rocky, in the Goldilocks zone, & a mere 39.9 trillion miles away. So, yeah, basically in our back yard. Exo-deets to come….
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 it would be a really bad thing for humanity’s future if we find so much as a non-Earthly bacteria buried under Martian sands or in Europa’s under-ice oceans. And much worse if we find intelligent life somewhere. Nick Bostrom is one of those very smart people who say we better be pretty freakin’ careful what we wish for. And this has zero to do w/ aggressive aliens wielding superweapons and a lust for Earth’s resources, etc. Nope. Has to do with a concept known as the Great Filter; i.e, something that occurs in our long-term past or is likely to occur up ahead of us that’s capable of weeding us, or any evolving species, right out of the universe. Click thru to see where Nick makes his case: http://www.nickbostrom.com/extraterrestrial.pdf
And it’s a damn good case, but I still want to find off-world life. Humanity’s future will just have to take care of itself…. because: dolphins! In walksuits!
Just in time for the solstice holidays: here’s a quick vid of the six horses that IERAL recently rescued enjoying their new home in our south pasture. Thanks to Karla S. for capturing their excitement at having room to run and grass to munch. Gift idea prompt: all of these beauts (thoroughbreds & paints) will up be for adoption to qualified humans once ownership is officially transferred, which should be soon.
UPDATE: 1/13/17 – four of these six horses have now been adopted out to horse-savvy new owners. What an excellent kick off to the new year!
This is really fun (for an author) to read: a review of “Under Nameless Stars” … Google-translated from a French review site.
Here’s the original on the French blog…
…which Google translates as “The Chronic Random Blog” – which I hope the Google lingua-gnomes nailed, ’cause it’s a majorly fabulous name.
Zenn Scarlett (t2) : Under Nameless Stars
UNDER NAMELESS STARS by Christian Schoon
The exovet of novitiate year Zenn Scarlett has not been easy and nothing went as planned …
Having barely survived the destruction of his school and home, things could they get worse? Yes, definitely! Zenn’s father goes missing, the young woman herself was kidnapped and ends up cheating to board the Helen of Troy to rescue his father. With the help of Liam Tucker, she will face many dangers and dismantle again a conspiracy.
Reviewed by Ash:
While the first volume of the saga led us in a universe filled with amazing creatures, aliens, Under Nameless Stars makes us travel and dream. Together Zenn we discover new races, new plots, new animals. From the first pages we find ourselves in action and not once the pace down, not once you get bored.
The story picks up right where it left off previously, that is to say, aboard the Space Helen of Troy vessels. Zenn is found once again embroiled in a plot the aim. We like to follow things from his point of view so sharp and innocent at the same time his youth gives a refreshing naivety touch his choice. Yet it is stubborn, confident and choices, especially sassy!
Liam is not much here now, but I still enjoy. He is a young man in love, anything to the woman he loves, desperate to make amends. Zenn’s new friend is the Jules dolphin that lives, thinks and acts like a human. It’s an original character, we immediately love. It’s the same for the groom Indra Treth which adds action and severity too. All these characters together form an excellent group of attack and make things more interesting.
The plot obviously revolves around the disappearance of the father of Zenn and his own removal. All this hides many things that encompass many more characters than the exovet think. She will arrive to make allies and enemies to advance are not always the ones we think. We understand still fast enough that it is its ability to interact with the animals is at the heart of everything.
Under Nameless Stars is a good digest of science fiction that I remember more than once Stargate-SG1. This is an excellent book that I greatly enjoyed reading, which I enjoyed and that really made me dream. The end is still a bit unsettling, I can not see if it is an end or there will be a sequel. Personally I would love this to be the case and I would jump on the book in question.
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