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    Strange Science: Wine on Mars

    by  • April 19, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Vineyard with two rows of vines flanking a narrow path

    Georgian scientists are experimenting with new ways to grow grapevines, with an eye toward eventual vineyards on Mars. As plans solidify for manned expeditions to Mars, some believe that colonies might not be too far in the future, and a number of companies and countries are looking for ways to contribute. The country of...

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    Awesome Finds: My Kingdom for a Panel

    by  • April 18, 2019 • Awesome Finds • 0 Comments

    Cover illustration for My Kingdom for a Panel

    If you’re a Shakespeare fan, you might be interested in My Kingdom for a Panel, a Shakespearean graphic novel anthology. Featuring 26 re-imagined and illustrated Shakespearean tales, this graphic novel anthology looks absolutely awesome. They’ve also got a couple of cute add-ons and opportunities to get original artwork from some of the illustrators as well....

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    Review of Gunsmoke and Dragonfire

    by  • April 17, 2019 • Reviews • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Gunsmoke and Dragonfire

    Gunsmoke and Dragonfire (Aradia Publishing, 2019) edited by Diane Morrison is an anthology of stories that mash up fantasy with westerns, resulting in a collection of 25 stories where the good guys don’t always ride white horses … but they might ride good dragons. Many of the stories in this anthology are reprints, including...

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    Music and Mad Science

    by  • April 16, 2019 • MSJ Time Machine • 0 Comments

    Neon in the shape of a human face and musical notes

    Music and mad science aren’t things that always go together, but we’ve published a few stories over the years involving these two topics. “Cryptoid Sonics: An Investigation into the Uses of Cryptozoological Sounds” by Andy Brown (applications for the sounds made by cryptids) (available in MSJ Spring 2018) “The Nightingale of Atlantic City” by...

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    Strange Science: Aloof Cats

    by  • April 5, 2019 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Orange and white tabby cat showing her belly and looking at the camera

    Many people, both those who own cats and those who do not, have a belief that cats are anti-social or aloof. Scientists have found, however, that cats are only as aloof toward you as you are toward them. When humans interact with cats, the cats tend to then continue to interact with those humans....

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    Science in Sci-Fi

    by  • April 4, 2019 • Awesome Finds • 0 Comments

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    If you ever wonder where speculative fiction authors get their ideas, the answer is sometimes “from reality.” Author and scientist Dan Koboldt runs the website Science in Sci-Fi, Fact in Fantasy, which is a phenomenal resource for authors interested in writing accurate sci-fi and fantasy, but it’s also a great place for readers interested...

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