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Strange Science: Robots Helping Plants

It’s hard to count how many plants we at Mad Scientist Journal may have killed over the years. The most recent (and epic) was the air plant that died under our care. It’s an air plant. All it needed was … Continue reading

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Review of Mirror Bound by Rhiannon Held

Mirror Bound (2018) is a stand-alone urban fantasy novel by MSJ alum Rhiannon Held. Breaking from the tropes of this genre, the story follows Verity, a non-human sidekick to a team of monster-fighting mages. Bound to the leader of that … Continue reading

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An Interview with Jennifer Lee Rossman

Today, we’re chatting with Jennifer Lee Rossman, another of our Battling in All Her Finery authors! DV: Tell us a bit about yourself! Jennifer Lee Rossman: I’m an autistic, wheelchair-using sci-fi geek who cross stitches. So yes, I’m a *ton* … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Flying Spiders

Warning, today’s post contains spiders. Young spiders often use strands of their silk to “balloon” from place to place, but scientists have recently discovered that spiders are also able to use electrical fields to travel vast distances, sometimes hundreds of … Continue reading

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An Interview with D. A. Xiaolin Spires, Part 2

Today, we’re completing our interview with author D. A. Xiaolin Spires, whose story “The Weeping Bolo” will appear in Battling in All Her Finery. The first half of her interview is here. DV: Your story includes a piece of epic poetry … Continue reading

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On Kickstarter: Bikes Not Rockets

If you’re looking for a collection of sci-fi short stories about bicyclists, you’ve come to the right place! Elly Blue Publishing is currently running a Kickstarter for the fifth book in their feminist bicycle science fiction series, this one titled Bikes … Continue reading

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An Interview with D. A. Xiaolin Spires, Part 1

Today’s interview is part one of two with D. A. Xiaolin Spires. Her story for Battling in All Her Finery includes an element that spawned an entire post of its own, which will appear on Thursday. In the meantime, here are … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Regions of the Brain Involved in Dreaming

Science has long believed that in the human brain, dreams largely occurred  during the rapid eye-movement (REM) phase of sleep, but scientists studying dreams recently have learned that different types of dreams occur in different parts of the brain, and … Continue reading

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An Interview with Jennifer R. Povey

Today, we bring you another interview with one of our Battling in All Her Finery authors, Jennifer R. Povey! DV: Tell us a bit about yourself! Jennifer R. Povey: I never think of myself as that interesting—I’m a science fiction writer … Continue reading

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Mad Scientist Alums with New Short Stories!

A number of our Mad Scientist Journal alumni have new short stories out in the world! Joachim Heijndermans has a story entitled “Last Sub to K-Tel” in A World Unimagined from Left Hand Publishers. Steve Toase has recent stories in Tincture … Continue reading

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