And hooo let me tell you all the blushing was going on once I got there. Bluestocking loved the story and spoke highly of what I was trying to do with it. She also compared me favorably to Ken Liu and therefore is now my favorite person. It may inspire you to grab a copy. Rosarium Publishing is celebrating 5 years of existence with a mega anthology called Sunspot Jungle. Two volumes, over stories, and authors from all over the world.
Later this year volume 1 will come out in eBook format 1 and volume 2 will follow in However, if you want a hardback version of the books you need to back the Kickstarter campaign going on right now. The campaign only has a few days to go and is so close to its goal! There are only four spots in this tiny class available and, as of right now, two are already spoken for.
Big bonus: you only have to be in the class with a max of 3 other people. Plus, you get two big books full of amazing fiction. Rading fiction by the authors in this table of contents is something Nisi and I recommend to our students, anyway. I read from three of my works set in AfroRetroFuturist Ancient Egypt — The Copper Scarab , the current novel in progress, and a short story in progress — all set in different times about years apart.
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At the end I also took questions from the most excellent audience, who braved the cold to see me. If you enjoy the reading, you can support ore of the same either by becoming my patron on Patreon or by contributing to my Trip To Egypt crowdfunding campaign. With both, you can read more of the work in progress depending on what level you donate as I go. Clockwork Cairo is officially out in the world! The sand beneath it was heated to a temperature of about 2, degrees Celsius and resulted in the formation of a huge amount of the yellow silica glass, which lies scattered over a 6,square kilometer area in the Sahara Desert.
In , this silica glass was one of the clues that led Professor Jan Kramers of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and colleagues to a remarkable discovery. This gave the clues needed to detect the cataclysmic event and the resulting composition of the desert. This pebble was found on the surface and so the diamonds formed were the result of a massive shock — an impact of some kind.
However, there was some debate as to the specifics of how this cataclysmic event created the glass. There were still questions as to whether the event was an actual comet strike or a near miss. The research team believes new evidence found in their research, published in the Geology journal, dismisses the airburst proposal completely. The study states that although both an airburst or a comet impact could melt the desert sand, they found the glass contained a rare mineral called reidite, and this they say could only be shocked into existence by the power of an impact, which is millions of times stronger than an airburst.
Dr Cavosie states :. Both meteorite impacts and airbursts can cause melting, however, only meteorite impacts create shock waves that form high-pressure minerals, so finding evidence of former reidite confirms it was created as the result of a meteorite impact. Comet material had never been found on Earth before except as microscopic sized dust particles in the upper atmosphere and in Antarctic ice. Space agencies have spent billions to secure the smallest amounts of pristine comet matter and bring it back to Earth, but Kramers and her team have a new approach for studying this material without having to go to space to get it.
Previous models suggested that Libyan desert glass represented a large, Mt class airburst, but our results show this is not the case. Meteorite impacts are catastrophic events, but they are not common. Airbursts happen more frequently, but we now know not to expect a Libyan desert glass-forming event in the near future, which is cause for some comfort.
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Source: Ripleys. For privacy reasons, she has previously written on Ancient Origins under the pen name April Holloway, but is now choosing to use her real name. Ancient Origins has been quoted by:. By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Bennet, you see, has the bad taste and rude vigor to return from the dead.
It's just And after Joss, in the manner of their people, has made sacrifices of his and Bennet's favorite artwork, the perfect and glorious antiquities Joss archaeologist by training offered up to the gods for Bennet ancient historian by academic training to use in the Field of Reeds, back comes Bennet hale and hearty and not in the Field of Reeds at all! And that "hale and hearty" is solely a valid description when matched against "dead and rotting on an alien-held planet.
His body will heal slowly, his psyche and emotions might or might not heal at all ever, and he might well never get to use his new bionic knee back in his deeply loved Shield role. A soldier who's too broken to soldier is by definition A Very Unhappy Man. Add to this soldier's woes the emotional mismatch between himself and his partner. The immense, irresistible force of falling in love with the right one.
The awful reality of wartime military service meaning unavoidable separation from your lover.
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I was sad for him as he was hollowed out by loss and the hideous, regret-charged acid bath that is grief. All the times one falls short, one is unkind impatient unwilling to understand or empathize Yes, Joss, I know that one. Author Butler was cruel to you. Goodness knows you deserved it, but And the ending of this story is fascinating. It is unusual within the genre of gay-male-centered fiction. I will read the next installment of Taking Shield , called Makepeace , as soon as I've caught my breath and begun to accept the changes wrought on my feelings already. Which, if I need to say it, is the hallmark of a really good read.
View 2 comments. Great science fiction, shaky at best romance. To be fair, I did not read the first story in this series.
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- Scarab : A Novel of Eternal Love.
- Fairy Plaint.
I suspect that if I had my allegiances would have been different coming into the story, but I'm not sure I would have been satisfied as a reader in terms of the romance. Bennet is a military man.
The rebellious son who paves his own way ignoring his father's wishes. He's stubborn, determined, and duty-bound, the epitome of noblesse oblige. Joss, twice Bennet's age and the dilettante academic Great science fiction, shaky at best romance. Joss, twice Bennet's age and the dilettante academic who loves him. They've been together since Bennet was eighteen and pursuing him. He's sophisticated and torn while Bennet is way on missions.
He wants Bennet to give up the military and stay home--he's already been egregiously injured once. Joss was right. This mission takes Bennet's life as far as his loved one know. Planetside he meets a scrabble of people not evacuated before the Maess invasion. True to Bennet form, they are important characters in his life until he moves on and then they're discarded. The beginning is heavily militaristic, but when the botched mission turns more domestic as Bennet navigates his injuries, and subsisting with the other refugees while plotting an escape plan.
And leave they do, but not without consequences. During the formal grieving observances Flynn reenters the storyline. Flynn, the talented pilot who once saved Bennet and stole his heart.