NOTICE: Posting schedule is irregular. I hope to get back to a regular schedule as the day-job allows.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Brief Explanation [Full link to blog for email clients.]

Sorry folks, I really haven't meant fo rthis blog to languish, but there's been a small development that has afected the content I had planned this fall.

I am currently contracted to two different projects that will involve writing content quite similar to what I normally post here.  One project is under Nondisclosure until after Jan. 1, after which I will do my part to assist in the promotion.  The other project involves the "Interfacing the Brain" topic that I had planned to post within the past couple of months.  That project was put on hold due to the similarity to a a couple of articles for Baen Books.  The first of these should appear in February, and I'll post here with links when it is up.

Sorry to be such a slacker, but I promise that I really am working on some good content, and trying to figure out a direction for this blog in 2013.

If there's any topic in particular that you'd like to see covered here - even if it's been blogged before and you want a different perspective, please let me know.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah. Joyous Solstice, Blessed New Year and everything in between -

- from Speaker and the Lab Rats.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Review - Darkship Renegades [Full link to blog for email clients.]

Sarah A. Hoyt's newest book is out: Darkship Renegades

Earth had been ruled by tyrants, madmen, murderers and cut-throats.  It had never been ruled by a saint. Heaven help us all if a saint ever did.

Jarl Ingemar was neither Devil nor Angel, but the gene tamperers of old had designed him to rule Earth. He did not seek out power, but it was his DUTY.  Athena Hera Sinistra knew just how far the power-hungry would go to rule Earth or even her adopted home, Eden, but when an accidental chain of events ends up given her husband the memories and personality of his 'ancestor' Jarl Ingemar, Athena knew he had to be stopped.

Earth and Eden depended on Thena stopping the transformation.

And she wanted her husband back.

Dark Ship Renegades is Sarah A. Hoyt’s rollicking sequel to the Prometheus Award-winning Darkship Thieves.  DSR is Space Opera at its finest - a canvas the size of Earth and Eden; a revolution in the making; the love of Athena Sinistra’s life in danger; and the combined populace of two words standing in her way. 

'Thena is a hero for fans of strong female characters. She knows what she wants [her husband back] even if she has to wreak havoc wearing nothing but her birthday suit and various improvised hammers and knives.

It is not necessary to read Dark Ship Thieves to make sense of DSR, but it wouldn’t hurt.  Sarah Hoyt has created a future world with problems not unlike our own – power-hungry bureaucrats, rebellion against corrupt rulers, and an unusual case of mistaken identity.

Watch the interview: 

Read Sarah's Christmas Story featuring Jarl:

...and my science tie-in article: