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Review: To a Fungus Unknown – William C. Tracy

To A Fungus Unknown - William C. Tracy

Genre: Sci-Fi, Colonization, Alien Contact LGBTQ+ Category: Various Reviewer: Scott Get It On Amazon About The Book Forty years after landing on Lida, the colony still isn’t finished. Agetha has survived many more battles than she anticipated when she first landed on her new home planet. She’s older and wiser, has gained family and lost loved ones. And yet her reward for four decades of service is to be pushed to the colony’s outer edges with the other aging Generationals. But that was only the beginning of her adventure. The biomass has spent years studying the intruders who landed on … Read more

Review: Of Mycelium and Men – William C. Tracy

Of Mycelium and Men - William C. Tracy

Genre: Sci-Fi, Colonization, First Contact LGBTQ+ Category: Ace, Bi, Demi, Gay, Non-Binary, Poly, Trans MTF Reviewer: Scott Get It On Amazon | Publisher About The Book Lida was their last chance for an uncolonized planet. But a world-spanning fungus had colonized it first. Agetha and her husband have spent their whole lives in the fleet’s zero-G. Now all is turmoil as the fleet lands, discovering they are surrounded by a single fungal biomass spanning the entire planet. To build a new home, the fleet must confront a dangerous organism, and Agetha must decide if she can raise a family in … Read more

New Release: Of Mycelium and Men – William C. Tracy

Of Mycelium and Men

QSFer William C. Tracy has a new queer hard sci-fi book out: Of Mycelium and Men. Lida was their last chance for an uncolonized planet. But a world-spanning fungus had colonized it first. Agetha and her husband have spent their whole lives in the fleet’s zero-G. Now all is turmoil as the fleet lands, discovering they are surrounded by a single fungal biomass spanning the entire planet. To build a new home, the fleet must confront a dangerous organism, and Agetha must decide if she can raise a family in this inhospitable landscape. Jane Brighton holds tenuous command over the … Read more

NEW RELEASE:World Warden – Albert Nothlit

World Warden - Albert Nothlit

QSFer Albert Nothlit has a new gay sci-fi book out, Wurl book 2: World Warden. Now that colonists Elias Trost and Tristan MacLeod have learned of the existence of another intelligent species on this planet, their life on New Skye has become even more perilous. Dresde, the ruthless wurl queen, has kidnapped Elias’s brother, Oscar, along with the egg of a rival queen. Oscar Trost finds danger and privation under Dresde’s reign, but he isn’t alone. A small group of humans from the original colony ship, long lost from memory, live on the eastern continent as slaves to Dresde’s horrific … Read more

REVIEW: Livid Skies – SI Clarke

REVIEW: Livid Skies - SI Clarke

Genre: Sci-Fi LGBTQ+ Category: Trans, Lesbian, Non-Binary, Gay, Bisexual, Poly Reviewer: Scott Get It On Amazon About The Book A fresh start, a queer social liberal dream, and a planet that wants to kill you. Noble aspirations are easier said than done, though – especially when the entire planet wants to kill you. Grappling with the realities of human nature and with their batteries slowly dying, the colony’s 150 women and 10 men must overcome their differences to create a lasting community. But things aren’t always what they seem and maybe the colonists aren’t as alone as they thought… Perfect … Read more

SPACE: MOXIE Will Soon Make Oxygen – On Mars

MOXIE - Nasa

Having safely landed on Mars on Feb. 18, NASA’s newest rover, Perseverance, is just beginning its scientific exploration of the Red Planet. But sometime in the next few weeks, the car-size robot will also help pave the way for future humans to travel to our neighboring world with a small instrument known as the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE). MOXIE, which will soon be pulling precious oxygen out of Mars’ poisonous atmosphere, is gold-colored and about the size of a bread box. It sits tucked away inside Perseverance’s chassis, where it will conduct the first demonstration on another … Read more

FOR WRITERS: Colonizing Mars

Mars

FOR WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Scott: Let’s go to Mars – writers, how do we get there? What do we do once we reach the red planet? What comes next? Writers: This is a writer chat – you are welcome to share your own book/link, as long as it fits the chat, but please do so as part of a discussion about the topic. Join the chat: FB: http://bit.ly/1MvPABVMeWe: http://bit.ly/2mjg8lf

SPACE: Will We Need to Tweak Our DNA to Colonize Mars?

Mars - NASA

If humanity is ever going to settle down on Mars, we may need to become a little less human. Crewed missions to Mars, which NASA wants to start flying in the 2030s, will be tough on astronauts, exposing them to high radiation loads, bone-wasting microgravity and other hazards for several years at a time. But these pioneers should still be able to make it back to Earth in relatively good nick, agency officials have said. It might be a different story for those who choose not to come home, however. If we want to stay safe and healthy while living … Read more

FOR WRITERS: A Paucity of Earths

FOR WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Jim Comer: Earthlike worlds are in a distinct minority in our galaxy. Space travel is likelier to take us to worlds where we’ll live in tunnels and caves. Who has used this in their fiction? Who’s assumed it as a norm? How is life different? Writers: This is a writer chat – you are welcome to share your own book/link, as long as it fits the chat, but please do so as part of a discussion about the topic. Join the chat: FB: http://bit.ly/1MvPABV MeWe: http://bit.ly/2mjg8lf

SPACE: The Science of Reproducing on Mars

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In 1972, citizen scientist Sir Elton John hypothesized that Mars “ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids.” While John’s remarks were never published in a peer-reviewed journal (though they did peak at No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart), he’s not wrong about the Red Planet’s inhospitality. With its freezing climate, thin atmosphere and weak gravity, Mars will be a hard place to raise the children necessary to sustain a permanent colony there. And according to a new paper published in the June issue of the journal Futures, conceiving kids on Mars will be even harder. Thinking about … Read more