The Golden Age Book Review


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          I haven’t read a serious science fiction book since I re-read Ender’s Game in high school. This book gave me a renewed vision of what the genre was supposed to be.

          Ten thousand years into the future technology has created the possibility for life to exist on the other planets in the solar system and for humans to live indefinitely. Computers with conscious thought provide insight and knowledge beyond the grasp of normal men while leaders rely entirely on logic to maintain order and peace throughout the known worlds. But this Golden Age may not be as perfect as everyone has been made to believe.  One man, Phaethon, makes the uncomfortable discovery that many of his crucial memories have been removed. With his faith shaken in the system he believed to be honorable he must make the decision that will…

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Voyager spacecraft might not have reached interstellar space


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Originally posted on SelfAwarePatterns:

I have to say that I had no idea this was still being debated: Voyager spacecraft might not have reached interstellar space.

In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other manmade object.

But, in the nearly two years since that historic announcement, and despite subsequent observations backing it up, uncertainty about whether Voyager 1 really crossed the threshold continues. There are some scientists who say that the spacecraft is still within the heliosphere – the region of space dominated by the Sun and its wind of energetic particles – and has not yet reached the space between the stars.

Now, two Voyager team scientists have developed a test that they say could prove once and for all if Voyager 1 has crossed the boundary. The new test is outlined in a study accepted…

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Book 18: The Historian


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          Vampires in literature have gone through the wringer over the past several years as authors have done their best to squeeze every last bit of creativity from the these undead monsters. Several young adult authors have taken the romantic approach with these supernatural creatures and have had quite a bit of success. However, in her debut novel, Elizabeth Kostova brings a sophisticated new spin to dark fantasy as her protagonists hunt Dracula himself around the world in search of revenge and to satisfy personal curiosity.

          Legends tell how the infamous Vlad the Impaler conquered death and walks the earth centuries later. When a young girl finds a book in her fathers office, empty save for a dragon woodcut stamped on the middle pages, she finds herself drawn into the century old search for the Lord of the Undead. Stretching through…

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