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Year's Best Military & Adventure SF Award Winner Announced
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Year's Best Military & Adventure SF Award Given Out at Dragon Con.
Baen Books and Gen Con Writer’s Symposium Announce Winner of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award
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Fantasy writing awards given out at the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium.
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Frank Chadwick is the New York Times number one best-selling nonfiction author of over two hundred books, articles, and columns on military history and military affairs, as well as over one hundred military and science fiction board and role-playing games. Chadwick’s SF novels include Come the Revolution, How Dark the World Becomes and steampunk thriller The Forever Engine. “What We’re Made Of” takes place in the same world as his upcoming novel Chain of Command.
What We're Made Of
Two-time Nebula-award winner Catherine Asaro has an M.A. in physics and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard. A former ballet and jazz dancer, she founded the Mainly Jazz Dance program at Harvard and now teaches at the Caryl Maxwell Classical Ballet. “Children of the Dust” is a prequel to her Major Bhaajan series, which is set within her popular Skolian Empire, with Undercity and The Bronze Skies out now.
20 December 2133 (D Minus Two Days)
Aboard USS Peleliu (LAS-16), approaching K'tok orbit, over one hundred light years from Earth
Captain J. C. Merderet, USMC, had never heard anything as flat-out suicidal nuts as she had in the last twenty minutes, and she wasn't sure if her thinking that it just might work was evidence of audacity or mental illness. Preoccupied with that thought, she nearly collided with Major Tony Colloredo, the cohort executive officer.
"So what do you say, J. C., quite a mission, eh?" he said. "Can your company handle its part?"
"Should go just like we drilled, sir."
Children of the Dust
Baen Books is pleased to announce J.P. Sullivan as the grand prize winner of the 2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award for short fiction for his story “The Blue Widow.”
Statement: Major Bhaajan, Ret.
Pharaoh’s Army of the Skolian Imperialate
Imperial Space Command
In writing this statement, I’ve used language I didn’t know in my youth, as a girl in the Undercity. It would be difficult for me to give a full statement otherwise. However, I’ve done my best to stay true to the way I thought in those days. For spoken words, I’ve used the Undercity manner of speech. My hope is that these choices will present the most realistic record of the events, as I recall them, and so respond to the military inquiries about the community that lives hidden under the desert.
The Blue Widow
Dr. Robert E. Hampson is a neuroscientist with a keen interest in learning, memory and teaching brain science. His current research involves information encoding for memory, as well as developing systems to repair memory function in patients with head injuries, diseases and disorders such as stroke, and Alzheimer's Disease. He is also known to Baen readers and SF convention audiences by his penname "Tedd Roberts."
It was good tea, all things considered, and I really did admire his efforts at being a good host—but the fact was, I was there to kill him. This was, unfortunately, something of a trend in the profession.
He spoke with the confidence of his kind. “You’ve made a terrible mistake.”
“You’ve poisoned me,” I agreed.
That gave him pause. “You knew?”
“It was a necessary professional consideration,” I told him.
Seeing Inside Your Head:
From MRI to Telepathy?
Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D.
As a young graduate student, I was fascinated with the idea that someday we, as scientists, would figure out a way to read signals in the brain with enough resolution to be able to operate computer interfaces directly with our brains. The computer interface helmet in James P. Hogan's The Genesis Machine and the immersive virtual reality in Real-time Interrupt were just the type of brain-to-machine interface that inspired me to enter the field of neurophysiology. Much more recently, Mary Lou Jepsen, former CEO at Intel, Google[X] and more (https://www.opnwatr.io/about-us), suggests that one of her patents may even go a step further and provide machine-assisted telepathy in the form of sensors embedded into a wearable hat. Unfortunately, the biggest hurdle in brain-to-machine or brain-to-computer interfacing (commonly referred to as BCI) is the ability to pick up signals from deep inside the brain. EEG signals from the brain surface are easy. Memory signals from hippocampus, and deeper are much harder to separate from background. What we need is some good way to look inside the brain and be able to decipher the activity that corresponds to specific thoughts and intentions.
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