Welcome to the realm of Meta-Earth–homepage of Mark William Chase–writer, programmer, and creator of the World of Mythania.
NASA’s Kepler mission has just announced finding some 1,284 new largish balls of rocks and somewhat larger balls of gas orbiting distant stars. That brings the total number of exo-planets discovered to nearly 5,000. That’s 5,000 planets known to exist orbiting distant stars. Wow! They also revealed that 9 of the planets are in the so-called “Goldilocks” zone, which is the orbit around a start believed to be more-or-less optimal for life (as we know it).
As usual, astronomer Phil Plait has a great write up about. Be sure to read it!
I just ran across this amazing CGI animation by Adrian Mann of Stewart Cowley’s Spacecraft, 2000-2100 A.D sci-fi art book. I had this book as a kid, and it was absolutely amazing–a vision of mankind’s exploration of space in all its breathtaking wonder and grandeur. Although long out of print, you can still find the books on Amazon, along with the other books in the Terran Trade Authority series.
But for now, just sit back and enjoy the universe of the Terran Trade Authority brought to life.
Check out this homemade thermite launcher! I’m sure it’s perfectly safe to use, though to be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t be wearing a tie while firing this thing.
Oh, and, don’t try this at home…
If Star Wars was a Japanese anime film, it would probably look something like this. Kudos to the fantastic digital animator, Paul Johnson!
The first teaser trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange has finally been released, and we have our first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme!
The Star Wars: Rogue One teaser trailer is finally out and it is indescribably awesome! It is dripping with nostalgia, with an absolutely genuine Star Wars vibe. Forget the other prequels. This is the real prequel!
Now this is a fantastic 8-bit game idea! A Mortal Kombat-style fighting game with legendary scientists and inventors duking it out with superhuman powers and abilities reflecting their most famous discoveries. The game features an evolving Charles Darwin, a space-warping Albert Einstein, a lightning-throwing Nikola Tesla, a spectrum-blasting Isaac Newton, a black hole-hurling Stephen Hawking, an angle-kicking Pythagoras, a robot-commanding Alan Turing, and the ever-radiant Marie Curie (oh… too soon?).
It’s probably not a bad way for kids to learn about historical figures in science. You can find out more about it in this article on the Nerdist.
The new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer is out, and it looks epic. Check it out!
Let’s just up the actual movie holds up to the hype (like, you know, Deadpool did).
Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors. He is a true master of epic fantasy, but is perhaps an even greater master of world building and refreshingly unique magic systems. The richly detailed worlds he creates are distinctly different from the “cut and dry” European fantasy tropes, and often have some distinctive environmental catastrophe going on. His magic systems, which are different for each world he creates, operate more like “powers” with clear and simple rules governing them, yet, at the same time, provide a brilliant catalyst for the movement of action and story development.
Tor.com has a great article on Where to Start Reading Brandon Sanderson, to which I would naturally answer, “A nice comfy chair with a warm cup of tea at hand.” He is best known for his “Mistborn” series, which now numbers seven books with another book forthcoming, and for finishing the last three books of the “The Wheel of Time” saga following the death of Robert Jordan. For me, I quite enjoyed the “Stormlight Archives,” and I’m eagerly awaiting the third book in the series, though it will probably be a few more years before it is out.
If you’ve never read anything by Brandon Sanderson before, I would encourage you to do so. If you’re tired of fantasy, I would still encourage you to give Brandon Sanderson’s works a try, as you will likely find his works refreshingly new and unique. If you’re more of an fan of hard science fiction, then I would ask you to consider what “hard fantasy” be like. And if you really want to know where to start reading, I would personally recommend starting with the “Mistborn” series, then move on to either the “Elantris” series or the “Stormlight Archives” series.
So there you have it. Now grab a book, sit down, and enjoy!
The latest, and apparent final, trailer for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice has just been released. Judging from this trailer, it certainly looks like it will be good, but, of course, we never know until we see it.