I found James L. Halperin’s 1996 novel “The Truth Machine” a curiously dull-yet-interesting read… an unusual combination. The cover looked exciting and the tagline of “In the Year 2004 The Truth Will Be Told” promised ‘excitement, adventure and really wild things’… to misquote Douglas Adams. Unfortunately Halperin chose to tell the story from the ratherContinue reading “Book review: “The Truth Machine” – James L. Halperin”
Honduras has just ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, meaning that the minimum number required for it to come into force has been reached. There are currently 193 member states of the United Nations – 122 (63%) of them have approved the accord on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This a greatContinue reading “Nuclear weapons treaty: Campaigners hail new era for nuclear disarmament – BBC news report…”
NASA is hopefully going to grab up to 2kg of rick samples from asteroid Bennu and give us a fantastic insight into early planetesimal formation in the solar system… The spacecraft’s first attempt to gather material from the space rock’s surface could become the largest nonlunar sample return in history Source: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Seeks toContinue reading “NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Seeks to Grab a Piece of Asteroid Bennu – Scientific American”
A fascinating article in Sci-AM suggests possible hints of dark bosons in heavy isotopes that could be clues to new physics: Source: Possibility of Dark Bosons Entices Physicists – Scientific American Stories about possible new physics arise all the time, but this one sounded a bit more fascinating than usual!
First up was a re-read of “Sigmet Active” by Thomas Page (1978). I had read this around 1982 and it stayed lodged in my imagination ever since — but would it be as good now? The answer was “yes and no”. ‘Sigmet’ is a pilot’s notification of significant meteorological activity. Sigmet conditions make flying veryContinue reading “Reading through a backlist during the Covid-19 outbreak, I had mixed reactions to these three stories from 1978, 1989 and 1991…”
Before I finally close my old “russellweb” domain I thought I’d take a look at where the ongoing hacking attempts are coming from. Given that I don’t advertise this old domain (having moved here) and haven’t posted anything new there for months, activity comes from either bots/indexers or hackers… and hacking attempts are very obviousContinue reading “Hacking attempts continue on my old, mothballed website…”
I started writing sci-fi short stories around 2009, and by 2017 had self-published two novels and an anthology. That had been enjoyable but hadn’t sold very well, so by 2019 I had decided to switch to writing Thrillers. Having reached the mid-point of a first draft for book 2 in my new ‘Lissa Blackwood’ seriesContinue reading “I’m writing again after a nice long break…”
I’ve been reading a lot more fiction since my Covid-19 lockdown began on 13th March. My interests are quite varied but I often return to my first love, science fiction – and I’m pleased to say that this 2013 tale from Kristine Kathryn Rusch did not disappoint! I’ve had a soft spot for stories likeContinue reading “Book review: “Diving into the Wreck” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch”
Every author has to decide on how to present their name when publishing work… Do you go for the straight first name followed by last name format? Or first initial followed by last name? How do you present any middle names? Should you reverse your names for impact as a pen name, or even discardContinue reading “Choosing how to format your author name…”
Here are some pictures of HMC Vigilant – a UK Border Force cutter that was tied up in Ramsgate on 3rd Jan. Vigilant has a top speed of 26 knots and is ‘armed’ with a water hose on her bow.