Tag Archives: space

Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2009

a01_00000001The online version of The Boston Globe, boston.com, is offering the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2009, with a new celestial picture taken from the newly refurbished Hubble Telescope, every day until Christmas. This is a page you’ll want to go back to every day. The pictures are stunning, with vibrant colours and great clarity.

Whether one is a believer or not, it’s impossible not to be awed by the grandeur of the cosmos and feel how small and insignificant we really are. The pictures remind us that time and space are nearly infinite and that our own time on the third rock from the sun is short. We must make the best of it.

Did you like this? Share it:

Another NaNoWriMo Triumph!

This just in from M. D.: she’s completed the NaNoWriMo challenge for another year! I’m very proud of her. She tells me that her work-in-progress, tentatively entitled Noth’Nor, can be loosely called a space western, simply because the story happens on a ranch on another planet. After some doubts about whether she would continue playing with it after November, she told me that she probably will for the simple reason that she hates leaving stuff lying around, half alive…

However, when she started telling me about the story, I decided I had my doubts about whether this is an appropriate branching of her writing.

Well, first of all, it’s not really a space western. Sure, it happens on a ranch, but you’re talking sabotage and attempted murder rather than an oater, and there’s a sprinkling of romance thrown it (oh, pulease …). Not really her style, she says, and I agree. I think she should stick to my case files, at least that stuff really happened, hard as is it to believe. Bad enough she got wrapped up in those cloning stories. That first one, Synergy, maybe could happen; it’s a hundred years in the future. But that other one, the one coming out next year? Clone farms. Huh.

M. D. looks pretty determined to try to finish Noth’Nor, so I’ve decided to keep my trap shut for a while. It’s bad enough Christmas is coming. I don’t want to fight about writing genres on top of it. Too depressing. I’ll just shake her hand and say well done on that NaNo thing and jump her after the new year.

Did you like this? Share it: