Dive in, my fearless fans!
(But in real life, always check the water depth before!)
I just signed the contract for my 17th novel which gave me the idea. My first contact as a budding writer, years ago, was a not such a good one, and I was saved only because the publisher went bankrupt. This contract is my third with this publisher and their conditions are fair.
There’s a lot more than the traps told by the snakes. CAVEAT: I’m not a lawyer. In case of problems, the best is to consult an IP specialist.
The Writer’s Union of Canada offers sound advice too. More precisions on the US Copyright Office. The website Writers Beware presents a good overview of rights vs copyrights. For those of you pondering about indie publishing, I do recommand the very well-organized series of articles The Business Rusch by the poly-genres author Kris Rusch.
My husband often wears a Marillion T shirt in the comics, a group that he likes.
The page is my hidden homage to Andre Franquin, the creator of the pesky “laughing” Gull featuring in the Gaston Lagaffe series. And in this comic. As for my own signature, it figures in the middle of the page for a change…
And, about the copy…
(Pluto photographied by LORRI and Ralph instruments on the New Horizons, spacecraft)
Colors are boosted since only a small fraction of our sunlight reaches the Pluto system. The dwarf planet has known activity periods, and this 2000 km wide flaming heart maybe composed of nitrogen ice.
The sense of wonder of those pictures should not make us forget the long years of preparation by NASA astronomers and other teams, the nine-year voyage of the New Horizons craft, travelling more than 5 billions km in spirals to take advantage of the Jupiter sling-shot effect to boost acceleration.
Science, unlike movies where everything goes fast (problem detection, hypothesis, analysis, solution finding), needs time. Reality is years of painstaking preparation for a few second of scintillating results. Followed by more months and years of analysis, that may help us to learn more about the solar system origins. The freshly transmitted pictures show impressive mountains and canyons…
The International Earth Rotation Service and Reference Systems and the Paris observatory! Yes, it does have a nice SF-ish ring to its name!
The Leap Second home page.
Meddling with physics is still big fun for a SF writer!
Thanks to my hyperboles suppliers Pascal Colpron (eternity), Robin Dumont (hair) and André Lavoie (minus a thousand). The ET visitor comes from a Le Bob original creation.
Matter falling in a black hole get heated up, so much that it emits a stream of X rays. In the panel with the car in space, a Cygnus X1 like binary system is illustrated, a star with a companion black hole.
The mean universe temperature is about 3 Kelvin. The fossil microwave picture is a courtesy of NASA.
As for the Big Crunch, well, there’s still some time before, if it happens!
The relation between our recent cold weather spells and global warming involves complex phenomena, the Gulf Stream current among them. For the more eager :
To better understand our irrealists expectations regarding science, conditioned by our “I-want-it-now!” culture: The Problem with Science: from Action Movies to the Real World!
For a innovative use of our fossil resources to mitigate the climate change, see une solution au casse-tête arctique.
For a more higher level paper, about the Gulf Stream, see this abstract of a paper published in 2015 by Jaime B. Palter, from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences of McGill University: The Role of the Gulf Stream in European Climate (Annual Review of Marine Science Vol. 7: 113-137)
The real demonstration will be given by the planet, as soon as the last ice and land glaciers will have melted.
In mathematics, an hyperbole is a curve obtained by cutting a plan trhough a double cone. In day-to-day life, an hyperbole is a wildly exaggerated statement.
And yes, this majestic wave stems from an ancient (around 1830) japanese woodblock print !
We lost a good friend this last week-end. The light rain waking me up the same night was Joel’s goodbye or at least, a poetic coincidence.
Joel Champetier did a lot for many of us, and has kept his simplicity and warmth. His SF stories created new trails for us to walk at our rythm.