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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

New Scientist: Transporters Are Real?

Recently New Scientist had an article about scientists who had managed to transport ions across a room. They didn't put it in a box and walk it over. No. They actually transported it. As in: Poof, it's there! Pretty incredible if you ask me. Maybe we'll do two ions this time. And then a goldfish!

Who knows!

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  1. Ah, sorry for the delayed reply.

    I can't go past the meme of Must Read Sci-fi and Fantasy Books (which I printed off, I'm keeping an eye out for 'em), so I'll try and answer your questions best to my memory.

    I haven't read much science fiction, and the ones I have read are the classics (H.G.Wells and Jules Verne). So I'm afraid I'm a bit limited, but I do know what I might enjoy.

    What sort of sci-fi do I like? I like futuristic and other worlds, adventure and alien-ish, robots, anything underwater, and time travel. And if steampunk counts, then that too. Sci-fi/horror is always great.

    I don't like Star Trek, Star Wars, or Stargate, but Doctor Who is good, though I haven't read any of the books I've seen the show.

    I hope you can help.

    -- Kayla

  2. Well, let's see. If you like adventure and aliens and the like, you can try Larry Niven, Arthur C. Clarke, Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, and others in that period of time (for the classics, anyway).

    For newer stuff, you might enjoy Tobias S. Buckell's work. You should start with Crystal Rain, although that novel is more like a fantasy with a science fiction twist than his later novels, but since it is the first in a story arc (each book being individual), it's useful to start there. Or you can skip straight to Ragamuffin or Sly Mongoose. I don't recommend skipping, but it's up to you. The latter two are more space-adventure.

    Other authors you might want to try include: John Scalzi (try Old Man's War), Greg Bear (try Eon), Elizabeth Bear (Carnival or Dust are good starters), John Varley (try some of the Podkayne stuff), or dig up some Ben Bova.

    That should be a good start. Just sort of look through those authors and find ones that sound like they fit into what you like. Most of those authors have jumped around the science fiction genre and are likely to have something that sounds interesting to you.

    Hope this helps :).