In Semiosis, our colonists wake up in orbit around a planet at star HIP 30815. Where is that? In the constellation Gemini. But let’s get more precise. The above photo, which pinpoints the location, comes from In-the-sky.org, which offers guides to the night sky specific to your location. The site can be set to “night … Continue reading Exactly where is the Planet Pax?
Autumn officially began on September 22. For some plants, the angle of the sun tells them what season it is. Others rely on the temperature. In any case, at this time of year, deciduous trees drop their leaves to prepare for winter. The 2018 Fall Foliage Prediction Map at Smokymountains.com has a week-by-week interactive map … Continue reading Fall is here, and trees will demonstrate their power
I just read the novelette “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth” by Daryl Gregory, and I loved it. If you liked my novel Semiosis, you might like this story, too. You can read it for free at the Tor.com site, or buy it for your e-reader for only 99¢. Purchase links are at the end … Continue reading Reading recommendation: “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth” by Daryl Gregory
Do your houseplants hate you? No, they don’t, no matter how much you neglect them. In fact, they’re praying to their green gods for your prosperity. They’ll struggle on as best they can, offering you beauty and silent non-judgmental companionship in exchange — they hope — for more or less regular watering and a spot … Continue reading Do your neglected houseplants want revenge?
It’s long been known that acacia trees in Central America have a mutual relationship with ants. The ants guard the trees, and the trees give the ants food and a place to live. But an enzyme in the acacia food makes ants dependent on the tree. The ants can eat no other food and must … Continue reading Plants are sneakier than we thought
I’ll make three public appearances in the first two weeks of September. On Tuesday, September 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., I’ll be at the American Writers Museum in Chicago. I’m part of the Fearless Women in Science Fiction panel with Mary Robinette Kowal, whose latest book is The Fated Sky, and with Tessa Gratton, … Continue reading Where to find me in early September
People who had read my novel, Semiosis, recommended this book to me, so I bought it, and they were right, it’s a good book. Later I learned that Adrian Tchaikovsky had provided the extremely favorable cover blurb for the British edition of my novel. I owe him one for that. There’s a lot to love … Continue reading A review of “Children of Time,” by Adrian Tchaikovsky