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A Tourist MarsGram

August 3, 2011

Red Dragon passenger lander arriving on Mars-click for a larger version

A friend sent me a news clipping from his local Florida newspaper about a private-sector proposal for a one-way Marsbase scenario, and joked that he’d expect me to be one of them, sending a MarsGram back.  Then I saw a still from a SpaceX video in a Red Dragon Mars lander story.
So I sent him a MarsGram postcard.  🙂


Fifth “Fleet of Worlds” novel, ‘Fate of Worlds’ finished – almost!

June 27, 2011


Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner confirmed in a group chat on June 4th that they had handed in the manuscript of their fifth “Fleet of Worlds” novel, ‘Fate of Worlds.’  This newest Known Space novel is expected to be published “in summer 2012,” according to Edward.

(Update, Saturday July 2nd.  Larry clarifies: ‘ the Fate of Worlds is a draft, perhaps not final draft.  We’re awaiting proofs.’  He also mentioned that he and Greg Benford were ‘amplifying the manuscript’ of their collaborative novel, “Bowl of Worlds.”)

There are no current plans to write more Known Space novels.  (But that’s what Larry said after each Ringworld novel, so the rest of us weren’t too dismayed to hear that.  Smile.)

“Destroyer of Worlds” – 3rd Niven/Lerner book signed!

April 7, 2008

Niven/Lerner - Fleet of Worlds

SPNN (book news/interview)

An interview with Ed Lerner, by Paradox Olbers as SolBelter and David Sooby as Lensman.

*Ed Lerner, co-author of Fleet of Worlds and Juggler of Worlds with Larry Niven, announced during a Saturday chat session that he and Larry had a contract, a title [Destroyer of Worlds], and – Pak!  He gave no further details since they haven’t started to write the book yet.  🙂

*Juggler of Worlds, the second half of the Puppeteer duology, has been rescheduled from August to September ’08 hardcover release in the US by Tor.

When interviewed, Ed had this guesstimate of when DoW might be released. 
<SolBelter> ok EML, “perhaps early 2010, EML ventured”  [after declining to be quoted on a previous phrasing of DoW’s completion]
<EML> SB: okay, that’s suitably tentative 🙂
<SolBelter> is it fairer to say, EML, that DoW is set against the same backdrop events of 1st 2, or to say third in the series?
<EML> DOW will take place after FOW and JOW. That said, it’ll be standalone.
<SolBelter> [i’m an SPNN reporter for Spindrift, in the SciLands, Second Life]
<Lensman> Ed:  So do I understand you have the title and a contract, but you haven’t yet worked out even the basic plot of DOW yet? [Ed later said yes to David Sooby’s question.] Ed corrected us in a followup comment to this post: I appear to have left a slight misimpression. Larry & I haven’t yet done much writing of Destroyer of Worlds, but we *have* worked out the plot and background.
<EML> “Day of the RFIDs” was first published in the antho Future Washington and is in my collection Creative Destruction. You can get the standalone on
<EML> “Night of the RFIDs” is just out, in the May Analog [also at fictionwise].
<SolBelter> excellent EML! thank you.

 Michael Gilbert - Fleet of Worlds

Michael Gilbert – Fleet of Worlds rough [from Paradox Olbers collection] 

In the Ocean of Night – memorable

December 28, 2007

I’m not doing my memorable sf phrases/scenes in chronological order, but by one jogging another loose from my memories.  My early love of astronomy and spaceflight also colors my choices, then and now.

So thinking of “In the Cave of Night” immediately recalled a memorable sf scene from a story with a similiar title, 17 years later, also in an sf magazine.  This time the magazine was Worlds of If, the May/June 1972 issue.

A visiting space probe communicates with the human race, receives all of our knowledge, and eventually moves towards Earth. So astronaut Nigel Walmsley is lofted on an intercept course looping around Luna and ordered to prevent the ship from leaving the solar system. Coming out of the sun to mask his ship’s signature, flying blind to avoid alerting the Snark with his radar, Nigel is lining up his missiles when:

‘A voice said:

“I wish you the riding of comfortable winds.”

Nigel froze.  The odd, brassy voice came from his helmet speakers, free of static.’ And the computer AI starts to converse with him … [Part Four, chapter four, page 189 of the original Dell pb.]

And I was gripped by awe at seeing a far superior tech level in such a small detail as no static; I assumed the probe was directly manipulating his speakers without using radio. But our mileage varied, because I had read the original If version, which varied in the dialogue. I can’t refer to the issue, but I recall Nigel hesitating to launch, and the static-free voice asking, “are you all thus so double?”

All 4 of these Walmsley stories [including one that happened to a different character, rewritten to be Walmsley in the novel] were collected as In the Ocean of Night in 1977.

Seven years later, it became the first of the sweeping Galactic Center six novel series, when Across the Sea of Suns (Galactic Center 2) was published.

At the same time in Galaxy magazine, Dr. Ernest Taves was showing me The True School of Modesty in his Luna series, in my next memorable sf scene.

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