Will it have naked maidens? Bug-Eyed Monsters? Or is its atmosphere as forbidding as Venus?
Researchers have detected an atmosphere around a near-Earth-size planet, GJ 1132b, located 39 light-years away, depicted here in an artist’s impression. Credit: MPIA
Discovery! Atmosphere Spotted on
Nearly Earth-Size Exoplanet in First
For the first time, scientists have detected an atmosphere around a planet beyond our solar system that’s just a little bit larger than Earth.
The exoplanet GJ 1132b, which orbits the dwarf star GJ 1132, is located about 39 light-years away from Earth. It has a radius about 1.4 times that of Earth and is 1.6 times Earth’s mass, according to the new study. When the planet was first discovered, researchers called it a potential Venus twin because it’s a rocky world with a very high surface temperature — and now, they’ve found that the planet and Venus might have a thick atmosphere in common, too (although it would have a different composition).
While observers have pinpointed atmospheres around much larger, Jupiter-like gas giants orbiting other stars — and a larger super-Earth, about eight times Earth’s mass — this is the first evidence of an atmosphere around an exoplanet that’s near Earth’s size, the study’s researchers said. Researchers can use planets’ atmospheres to try and determine if these worlds are suitable for life as we know it on Earth, or even to identify potential traces of life recorded there.
New from Superversive Press! Yes, that’s us! We have a wonderful new book out for your reading pleasure!
The Dark Lord’s favorite dragon is constipated. Dr. James DeGrande, veterinarian and orc-slayer, is going to have to deal with it.
This one could get messy.
Everyone says it was better in the Good Old Days. Before the Dark Lord covered the land in His Second Darkness.
As far as I can tell, it wasn’t that much better. Even then, everyone cheered the heroes who rode unicorns into combat against dragons, but no one ever remembered who treated the unicorns’ phosphine burns afterward. Of course, that was when dragons were something to be killed. Today I have to save one. Know what fewmets are? No? Then make a sacrifice of thanks right now to whatever gods you worship, because today I have to figure a way to get them flowing back out of the Dark Lord’s favorite dragon. Yeah, from the other end. And that’s just my most illustrious client. I’ve got orcs and trolls who might eat me and dark elf barons who might sue me if their bloodhawks and chimeras don’t pull through. And that doesn’t even consider the possibility that the old bag with the basilisk might show up.
The only thing that’s gone right this evening is finding Harriet to be my veterinary assistant. She’s almost a witch, which just might save us both. If we don’t get each other killed first.
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The Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance’s April Booknado is here. Follow the link below for great savings–$1.99 and below–and news of new releases!
April roars in like a lion, with howling winds of fresh new fiction and Kindle deals blasting away tired, stale establishment fiction. … Behold! Here is this month’s list of New Releases and discounted reads, written by bona fide CLFA members.
CLFA Booknado–Full List
YA novel by our own Dawn Witzke:
It is year 63 of the New Era. Nacerma has rid itself of society’s ills – homelessness, hunger, suffering and religious differences – becoming a country of peace.
Seventeen-year-old, Aadi, seeks something deeper than the life Nacerma offers. When her former boyfriend, turned priest, asks her to risk her life for her faith, she accepts the meaningful quest.
Mischa Llient is wanted by the Guard and needs to get out of town for awhile. When he’s asked to keep his best friend, Aadi, safe, he jumps at the chance.
Together, their faith and friendship are tested as they face thieves, highwaymen, the Red Guard and their own inner demons as their feelings for one another are revealed. Will their friendship survive the quest? Will they?
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Dawn Witzke is a freelance writer, graphic artist and master level procrastinator. Dawn can be found over at her blog, Books & Art, where she randomly posts artwork, book reviews and writing.http://dawnwitzke.com
Yet another fantastic collection of essays on writing by Mr. Superversive himself, Mr. Tom Simon. My husband, John C. Wright, enjoyed this book so much that he read it a second time while we were on vacation last summer.
Fantasy writer, essayist and critic Tom Simon looks at some elements of successful and memorable fiction. What makes a story stand out and grab a reader’s interest, and how does it happen? What kind of imaginative elements are most likely to have enduring appeal? How important is prose style to a good story? In eleven essays, Simon investigates these and other questions, and his researches lead him to some surprising places.
Like all Bondwine books, this title is sold without DRM.
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Today’s signal boost featuers Daniella Bova’s
Michelle and Jason escaped the wreckage of their beloved hometown and are determined to live free. Though they are hunted by the totalitarian bureaucracy, they vow to resist oppression no matter the cost.
But insidious evil still threatens. Once proud Americans are hopeless and unwilling to fight, making it that much harder for the rebels in their quest for Liberty.
And so, God intervenes, and the angel-warrior Cadáin is sent to watch over those whose spirits are unbroken.
Also, Book 2 in this series, The Notice, will be Free from Wednesday 4/12- Friday 4/14.
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New anthology which may be of interest to our readers:
Some pursue heroism, others are thrust into it.
Superheroes. They live among us, some hidden in plain sight, others as well-known celebrities. All carry a burden and a purpose: to destroy the evils of this world and keep the common man safe from harm.
But evil is a strong thread that refuses to be cut. How much sacrifice will be demanded to destroy that which seeks to destroy us, and are there enough heroes to do the job?
Experience a collection of short stories brimming with the struggles of heroism and the dark side of villainy, where real-world content merges with Christian fiction to produce a unique storytelling atmosphere.
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