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We’re over the Hot Hump

We’re over the Hot Hump

Oh, yes, the worst of the heat has passed in Las Vegas. That means the Star Trek Convention next week will be pleasant. Those of us who have actual wool twill uniforms, field jackets as part of our costumes, or show up in prostheses such as Borg, Tellaxian, Vulcan, Andorian (my personal favorite), Orion (wait – they won’t overheat in their costumes), Ferrengi – you get the idea, will not swelter making our way from the parking lot of the Rio to the Convention Hall.

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Don’t worry, it’s a dry heat, they said.

Dressed as Janeway two years ago, I thought I was going to pass out several times from the heat. How did the actors stand it under the hot set lights hour after hour? 24th Century Trek uniforms gave me a new appreciation for the rigors needed to make our favorite shows! Cosplay takes on an entirely new meaning when it’s 105 F outside. I know you’d all love to see me in my Janeway persona here, but my image files were misplaced when I adopted a new laptop this year. I’ll find it eventually.

Science Fiction – one of my favorite subjects. Living in Las Vegas we are subject to temperature extremes. From the coolest night to the hottest day, it would not be unheard of to range more than 100 F (17 on a January night, 117 on a July day) but fortunately that hasn’t actually happened in the same 12 month period. I believe 90 F difference, however, is expected. To that point, it is easy to imagine environments that wouldn’t necessarily be hospitable to human life. This explains why virtually all aliens that come to Earth end up in Nevada, including those from the World of Roddenberry.

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Left to Right, Shatner, Bakula, Stewart, Mulgrew, and Brooks as Kirk, Archer, Picard, Janeway, and Sisko.

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I hope I may run into you at the Con this year – I’ll be around the last day, so if you’ll be there, send me a note and we’ll meet up for a cuppa Earl Grey or Coffee as you like!

See You Out There!                                                                             H S Rivney  

 

Migrating, Stand By

Migrating, Stand By

Followers, I’ll be migrating to a new platform in the next couple of weeks so please be patient for more fun science stuff, space adventures, incredible insight and a campaign for several bottles of extra strength aspirin.

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What was your first Sci Fi novel?

What was your first Sci Fi novel?

Or did you3944447 watch Star Trek, Star Wars, Battle Star Galactica, Space: 1999? What introduced you to the wonders of science, and fiction?

My first exposure was Robert Heinlein’s novel “Orphans of the Sky”. By high school the SBS stories had become to easy, and although I liked them, I needed more meat in a story if I was going to spend my time with it.

Investigating the stuff from my parents’ bookshelves, I decided murder mysteries were too macabre and science fiction was hopeful, or at least futuristic. And I took to it. Mutants, secret  and restricted zones, a generation ship on its way to Alpha Centauri,  a discovery worth risking your life for. It’s currently a 75 year old story and hasn’t lost any appeal over the years.

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A best friend also introduced me to her passion – Star Trek, which took a little longer to warm up to, but not long. And then Star Wars came along with a gaggle of other television shows and movies in the science fiction genre.

I remember where I was when the first space shuttle landed, STS-01. I, and many other readers, were in the public library, watching the event on a large television – probably a 32″  CRT mounted in the wall above the check out desk, where, we signed a small card, had the book rubber stamped with a date, and were expected to return it on time without an email reminder. Yeah, I’ve been around a while.

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Shuttle

I even worked in a library, and frankly, I enjoyed it. The quiet, the books at your fingertips, pushing the cart and refiling by the Dewey Decimal, which I think has followed the CRT into oblivion.  But I digress., waxing nostalgic over the “way it was” when now I use a computer on my coffee table that has as much power as all the computers of the space shuttle and mission control combined. I have a global library at my fingertips, in seconds, and my writing is part of that colossal container of information and entertainment.

So remember what sparked your curiosity, what did it for you? It’s a rhetorical question, for your mind only.  The Mercury 7? Apollo 11?  The Enterprise? Mir? Images from Hubble?  Skylab? Beating the USSR to our moon? Kennedy’s declaration for the 1960s? Darth Vader? So many of these cultural icons in our civilization must have a meaning, a statement about humans, that curiosity will drive us where humans have never gone, and we will never stop reaching for the stars.

 

A New Novel: Symbiosis

A New Novel: Symbiosis

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Saturn. Enceladus, embedded in the rings, is an ideal habitat, at least underground.

I’ve been busy. While Captain and Rianya Jackson were in voluntary exile on Enceladus, one of Saturn’s loyal moons, hiding Zalara from Earth’s medical community, I documented their next adventure in space.

Captain Thomas Jackson and his crew tackle a pandemic of Yersinia pestis, more commonly known as The Black Death, The Plague, or Bubonic Plague. Their new, faster ship must pick up the science team left on Beta Hydri IV, but on the way they have another mission to complete.

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Time travel is the crux of this adventure – not of our intrepid friends but someone from the future, who went to the past, and ended up on the wrong planet, in the wrong time, stuck in between where he’d come from and where he was trying to go. Mostly human, the secret they find in his pocket, and in his DNA, could ruin everything in the Jacksons’ lives.

 

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Antibiotic resistance is the lesson for the inhabitants of Eta Cassiopeia’s fifth planet, affectionately called Cinco by the crew. The hairy, matriarchal Kiians play an important role, as do our favorite aliens, the green pirates of the Orion Arm, the Pegasi, specifically, Jackson’s old thorn, Dukvita.

It should come as no surprise that what started as a routine mission takes a catastrophic turn putting not only the lives of the Cinconians suffering from The Plague, but the S. S. Maria Mitchell’s entire crew, in dire jeopardy.  Captain Jackson is desperate to find a way to work with three alien species, a deadly pandemic, and a puzzling time traveler to accomplish his missions but the odds are against his success when he is held hostage on the planet, the plague breaks out on the ship, and quantum date readings make no sense whatsoever.

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Eta Cassiopeia and her children

 

Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Giveaway

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5 Free Ways to Live Long and Prosper

5 Free Ways to Live Long and Prosper

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It’s the beginning of a new year, at least as far as the calendar is concerned. Actually, every day is the beginning of a new year if you stop to think about it, so I say don’t make another resolution you won’t keep. Just consider these five easy peasy things you can do to help yourself live a longer, healthier, wealthier life.

  1. Breathe. Take five minutes daily to breathe using your diaphragm instead of your ribs. By inmarianaheinzbreathehaling “through your belly button” you bring air into the depths of your lungs where it has a chance to enter your circulatory system. It also does something very important: it retrains your brain, over time, to function more efficiently with your nervous system. Do it. It’s free.
  2.  Screen Time. Turn off your phones, pads, computers, and televisions at least 30 minutes before retiring. brainwavesOur vid screens induce an Alpha Wave state of mind, somewhat like staring out into space. Brainwaves that you need for optimum sleep efficiency are Theta Waves. By turning off your video screens, your pineal gland will perceive the darkness, produce melatonin, change the Hz of the nervous system and you will benefit from a better night’s sleep. Do it. It’s free.
  3. Save Money. It’s easier than you think to save money. The benefits you reap from saving money include the peace of mind that you are not a victim, a passenger in piggybankcashyour future.
    You don’t need to save much to feel the endorphin kick when your bank statement arrives, either. Next time you want that high priced coffee drink, a box of candy, or a magazine, tell yourself “no” and set that money aside, at least in your mind, until the end of the week. Aim for $10, transfer that money from your operating account to a savings account. In a year you’ll have $500 staring back at you. Do it. It’s better than free.
  4.  Wear Seat Belts.  This is a no brainer. Besides this action being a law in most states, these things save lbuckleives. Airbags
    are good, but airbags are not good without seat belts first. In a collision you hit an airbag too hard and it can cause real damage. Don’t like wrinkled clothes? Blood is worse. Feel like it’s choking you? Adjust the frame attachment point lower, or use a belt cushion. Afraid you’ll be trapped by it? First responders will cut you out. If you’re unconscious, you won’t be able to let yourself out anyway.
    Do it. It’s free.
  5. Drink More Water. No matter how much water you think you’re drinking, it’s probably not enough. waterThe adult body is 60% water on average. Eight glasses a day is the old standard, but it doesn’t have to be pure water to count. A glass of milk counts as 7 ounces, and some juice is nearly 8 ounces. On the other hand, drinks with caffeine reduce your water intake despite their lack of nutrients. Caffeine is a natural diuretic that removes water from your body. A cup of tea may have 8 ounces of water, but you’re going to lose a couple, so it only counts as about 5-6 ounces. Do it. It’s practically free.

So five easy, guiltless, scientifically supported actions you can take every day, starting today, that will cost almost nothing and most likely save you money when you look at the reduced electricity costs and the health benefits. Of course, the old traditional “eat better, exercise, and stop smoking” are in there, but start out slow. If you can do those five things, you’ll be starting out 2017 five steps ahead, and on your way to a long life of prosperity.

What are you waiting for? GO!

Peace on Solstice

Peace on Solstice

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Astronomically speaking, we have reached the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. I for one hail the return of the light as we pass around the sun. It means the pineal glands inside my animals’ heads will detect more light through the optic nerve, letting them know that Spring is 90 days away. It’s time to prepare for babies and shed their winter coats. It helps lift depression in humans as well; I know it does for me.

And from this basic celebration hundreds, maybe thousands of different rituals and ceremonies have arisen, from Saturnalia to Santa Claus. It happens every 365.25 days, without fail, since the Earth cooled and settled into orbit. It happens if no one cares, if every life form alive went extinct, or if we find life on Mars. It is such a such a steady, never changing phenomenon that we have based our lives around it – this thing we call time. stonehengesolstice

I just want to remind you all that our lives are short, most less than a single century. Go out of your way this solstice, and say “what can I do to make things better for ______” and that can be anything from your cat to the environment.

Here’s a really cool link if you want more information on the winter solstice. In the meantime, Captain Jackson’s dear wife, Rianya, has been living in artificial lighting for years now, and if you’ve been paying attention, you might be able to guess what happens when she finds herself back on Beta Hydri IV.

Artist's impression of the trio of super-Earths discovered by an European team using the HARPS spectrograph on ESO's 3.6-m telescope at La Silla, Chile, after 5 years of monitoring. The three planets, having 4.2, 6.7, and 9.4 times the mass of the Earth, orbit the star HD 40307 with periods of 4.3, 9.6, and 20.4 days, respectively.

 

 

 

Darker Days Ahead

Darker Days Ahead

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Hang in there, the solstice is coming. You might not notice it at first, but around December 22 we have our shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, although not usually the coldest. Those come in January for most of us. And then the days mercifully begin to last a little longer and a little longer, lifting depression and signaling the coming of Spring.

If you’re a scientist like me, and I assume most of you are at least hobbyists, you want the truth, up front, bad news or good. You value that science and knowledge sets us apart from the ignorant, superstitious, unnatural world view for which we’ve lived with most of our evolutionary days, which, depending on when you decide to call our species ‘human’ is, somewhere between a million and a hundred thousand years ago.

We are forcing humans into unnatural selection these days. If you’d like to read about it in depth, I recommend a book by Juan Enriquez, “Evolving Ourselves”, available in the customary locations worldwide.

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We have pigeonholed ourselves away from even the smallest resemblances of our original existence. Babies are born by C-section, antibiotics kill every microbe we want to destroy, and the toxins of pollution are starting to express their effects in the newest generations, such as autism, allergies, and shorter life spans. Our immune systems are coddled, our drudgery’s solved, artificial daylight rules, and our food is wrapped in plastic.

I am still hopeful in this new age of corporate control that science will last, because it doesn’t change except to uncover a deeper truth. If it’s found incorrect, its duty and obligation is to correct itself. Facts remain despite any objections, propaganda, denial, or wishful thinking. When you make decisions in your life, inform yourself from reliable sources, be skeptical of wild claims and extraordinary declarations. Look for the facts, the proof, the evidence. In this way, you promote the brain over the brawn, the science over fiction, the future over the past.

Wishing you peace and warmth as the sunlight returns to generate life on Earth. (For those of you on the other side of the equator, read this again in June when it applies on your half of the planet.)

 

 

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