Fire in the Sky – Twice

Well, hey — nothing can make you feel like you’re living in an alternative reality faster than a meteor blasting through the atmosphere, rattling your windows, and injuring over 500 people. As you’ve probably heard already, this happened in Siberia today. The New York Times has a report with some good video HERE.

The meteor is not related to the large asteroid passing earth later today, by the way. To watch the asteroid D14’s flyby live this afternoon (2:25 EST), see Science Friday’s NASA Stream HERE, or Clay Center Observatory’s webcast HERE.

Wordcount Podcast #27 – “Mistaken Identity at the Pub”

If you take your stories aurally, this week’s Wordcount Podcast is a good one–five stories based on the theme “Mistaken identity at the pub.” The Wordcount Podcast always features a variety of strange, sexy, weird, and arresting tales.

Host: R. B. Wood

Guests this week include Bill Kirton, Angelica Dawson, M. A. Fink, M. Holder and the always erotic Eden Baylee.

Check out the podcast HERE

Notes: http://www.rbwood.com

Word Count Podcast #26

Correction: Previously I posted on the latest Word Count Podcast — but I got the number of the podcast wrong! M.A. Fink is in Word Count Podcast #26:

R.B. Wood sponsors the Wordcount podcast. The Word Count Podcast #26 is up now. M.A. Fink (author of the soon-to-be-published Found Diary of Avery Alexander Myer), has a story on the Podcast: Singular. Listen, also, to works by Eden Baylee, Alex Kimmell, Kimberley Gould, C. Thomas Smith, with a song by Julia Mae Staely. The prompt for this podcast was: “Those last few steps seemed the most difficult I had ever made in my life.”

More information about the podcast and photos HERE.

Wordcount Podcast #25

R.B. Wood sponsors the Wordcount podcast. Number 25 is up now. M.A. Fink (author of the soon-to-be-published Found Diary of Avery Alexander Myer), has a story on the Podcast: Singular. Listen, also, to works by Eden Baylee, Alex Kimmell, Kimberley Gould, C. Thomas Smith, with a song by Julia Mae Staely. The prompt for this podcast was: “Those last few steps seemed the most difficult I had ever made in my life.”

More information about the podcast and photos HERE.

“How George Takei Conquered Facebook”


Portrait of George Takei by Jessica Randklev, News Tribune, 3/30/2012

George Takei is one helluva popular guy. If you follow him on Twitter, you know that he’s witty and has a great sense of humor. Then of course, there’s all that Star Trek Stuff. Alex Knapp has written an interesting article and interview with Takei for Forbes: “How George Takei Conquered Facebook.” Takei also gives us his lowdown on the pros and cons of using Facebook.

Excerpt:

I think the serenity at the heart of the Buddhist philosophy has allowed me to combat injustice and inequality with a certain level of patient perspective. It’s so necessary to engage those who would seek to oppress you, and to extend to them a hand in our common humanity. That’s the philosophy I try to maintain on the Facebook page–with a few adorable and irresistible cat pictures, of course.

See also:
* “George Takei finds new success in activism, social media,” Craig Sailor, News Tribune
* “Facebook Addiction?” (Psychology Today)
* Facebook addiction test (the Bergen scale)

How to Traverse Terra Incognita

A new eBook of speculative fiction by Dean Francis Alfar: How to Traverse Terra Incognita

How to Traverse Terra Incognita is Dean Francis Alfar’s second collection of short fiction. An advocate of the literature of the imagination, he publishes the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction anthologies.


“Dean Francis Alfar’s stories contain fantastic worldbuilding, crisp prose, and contemplative, poignant storytelling. Several of these stories made me cry. If you aren’t reading Alfar yet, you should be.”
– Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas, Editor-in-Chief, Apex Magazine

“Dean Francis Alfar is one of the most inventive writers of speculative fiction today. It’s criminal that his often playful, sometimes serious, gloriously literate tales aren’t better known around the world. Although he’s a very different writer, his lyrical style seems to me to make him a Ray Bradbury for the 21st century.”

– John Grant, Joint Editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, and author of Warm Words and Otherwise: A Blizzard of Book Reviews and many others