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Peter Watts Needs Support

Science-fiction writer Dr. Peter Watts, whose writings were one of the inspirations for Eclipse Phase, recently had an unfortunate and alarming incident at the US border (he's Canadian) where he was beaten and arrested without provocation. You can read his account of it here, and more about the situation and the support he needs with his legal fees here.

Gencon Update Day 3

We set a new record for selling out 30 seconds.  Also we'd like you to know that selling out is overrated and we never thought we'd be had so cheaply.  Ha.  But seriously.  We're having a great time running demos and meeting all of the people who want to know more about the game. 

Also some things you may or may not see in EP in the near-future. 
- nanobees!
- jetpack and rocket equipped bears
- space kraken (with neotenic riders!)
- alien autopsies
- sloptopus (credit to Jaqui)
- magical ponies
- insect people
- transgenic eel pitfights
- Klouches
- obsolete European political parties (thanks Facebook, we love you)

Funny Because It’s True

Wired’s Lore Sjöberg nails the killjoy attitudes unfortunately expressed by so many in the gaming cooking community in online forums.

Posted: 12:48 a.m. by Goku1440 I found an awesome loophole! On page 242 it says “Add oregano to taste!” It doesn’t say how much oregano, or what sort of taste! You can add as much oregano as you want! I’m going to make my friends eat infinite oregano and they’ll have to do it because the recipe says so!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some crunchy recipes to get back to tweaking.

Scientists and Sci-Fi

One of the most difficult challenges of writing a detailed hard sci-fi setting is making sure you get the science right. Not being a scientist, this usually means turning to the internet for research, which is always a risky proposition. A lot of the information you find is incomplete, muddled, or outdated. Take wikipedia, for example — for some reason most of their science articles are either skimpy or so thick with science-speak that you need a degree to understand it.

What would be really useful is to gather scientists who are fans of science fiction and who don’t mind educating the public. Put them all on the same forums online, and invite sci-fi writers to come and ask questions. Who knows, it could spark some interesting ideas and discussions. Unfortunately, it would rely on the willingness of scientists to take the time to do this, and they’re usually far too busy doing, y’know, science. But I can dream.

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