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And in other breaking news: "Microsoft buys stake in Barnes and Noble’s Nook e-reader." Maybe there will be longterm competition in ereaders despite the DoJ's best efforts.
Last October, I posted (see "Inspiration") on the question most often directed at authors. Colleague Michael Flynn recently interviewed a host of SF authors -- including Yr. Humble Blogger -- on that very question. For Mike's take, see "Where Do You Get Your Ideas?"
And validating persistent rumors,"It's Official: Planetary Resources Announces Plans to Mine Asteroids." Who's behind Planetary Resources? Larry Page and Eric Schmidt (both Google billionaires), film producer James Cameron, other famous, deep-pocketed sorts, and ex-NASA types. The first step: launching probes to look for likely asteroids to mine.
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- The eponymous spacecraft of my first (1991) novel, Probe, was the asteroid-scouting Prospector probe.
- Two of the six essays in Frontiers of Space, Time, and Thought (2012) deal with asteroids and privatized space operations.
- When Energized, my next novel (July 2012) opens, it's upon an asteroid newly captured for on-orbit resource utilization. (I'll post more about Energized when Tor Books releases it, but you can read a little about Energized at Amazon, or for the Kindle-centric, get your Energized preview here).
To wrap up today's eclectomania with some Really Good Writing, don't miss, from io9, "The 10 Best Retorts in Science Fiction and Fantasy."