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Linkblogging For 29/11/12

Posted in linkblogging by Andrew Hickey on November 30, 2012

Now that my big project at work is nearly complete, and everything’s winding down for Christmas, I’m planning to get a lot more written (as has hopefully been obvious over the last few days). My aim over the next few weeks is to try to get at least 2000 words per day written, every day, until I get my novel finished (probably in late January). At least 1000 words of that will have to be novel, but that will leave me with plenty of writing for here and Mindless Ones, mostly for the Doctor Who and Beach Boys posts. Once the novel’s finished, I’ll be announcing (and resuming) some other writing projects).

Next proper post should be Saturday, but for now here’s links.

The full Mindless Ones con report on Thought Bubble

Liberty’s statement on the Levenson report seems the most sensible thing I’ve seen about it.

A playlist of songs by Cosmo Topper (whose album should be reissued next year with new bonus tracks)

Planet Zog Blog is also doing a look at one story for each of Doctor Who’s fifty years. Here’s the entry for The Aztecs.

NASA are actually doing practical research into the possibility of a faster-than-light drive.

Every single sentence in the Time magazine bit about the Higgs boson is factually incorrect.

If your credit card expires, you can no longer access your ebook downloads from Barnes & Noble.

Lawrence Burton on The Mary-Sue Extrusion and The Sparrow.

Leonard Pierce tells the story of Blade Runner in words of three letters or less.

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  1. Tony Harms said, on November 30, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Why does the phrase “Approved by the Comics Code” come to mind?

    • Andrew Hickey said, on November 30, 2012 at 8:38 am

      You know, that particular comparison hadn’t occurred to me, It probably should have…

  2. TAD said, on November 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    As far as I know, nothing has ever been discovered to disprove (or cast doubt upon) Einstein’s theory that it is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light.

    • Andrew Hickey said, on December 1, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Ah, but a warp drive doesn’t involve matter travelling faster than light, but making the *space* around the matter travel faster than light — which is perfectly possible (the universe has inflated at faster than light, for example).

      • TAD said, on December 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        Sounds like sci-fi to me. I like to keep an open mind about these things, but I also like to see evidence. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, as the old saying goes.

        • Andrew Hickey said, on December 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

          Oh, the evidence that it’s possible is actually the same evidence as for relativity — it falls neatly out of Einstein’s equations. The problems with it are practical engineering ones, not problems of basic science. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcubierre_drive

        • plok said, on December 3, 2012 at 4:00 am

          Oh my, “practical enginnering problems” rather undersells it a bit, don’t you think?!

          It’d be a neat device for an SF story — imagine if you could shorten the distance to some distant star so you could get there mighty quick, but that if you wanted to go back again you’d have to travel through the real space twice, with no tricks! It’d make an interesting problem of limits, in a future spacefaring scenario.

          Hmm…okay, don’t steal that idea yet

          • plok said, on December 3, 2012 at 4:00 am

            Damn it…”ENGINEERING problems”, obviously…


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