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Earth Day Giveaway! (rhyming is fun)

Happy EARTH Day!  Seems like the perfect day to giveaway ALL THREE books in Janet Edwards' Earth Girl series, right?

Jarra is an ape, an outcast, stuck on a ruined Earth due to a rare defect that makes her unable to survive on other planets.  She's already proven that she's just as tough as the norms, but her actions have repercussions that spread further than she ever could have imagined, and political unrest threatens to tear apart the delicate balance of peace between humanity's worlds.

The third and final book in the series, Earth Flight, doesn't even come out until September, but today's winner will receive an advance galley! Comment below, share this post on Twitter or Facebook, or e-mail to enter. Multiple entries will only be counted once.  One winner will be chosen tomorrow morning at 9 am ET.

Enter to win, then get outside and enjoy our planet!


Out today!

Hooray for today! David Walton's newest book SUPERPOSITION is finally available! If you like mind-bending, fast paced thrillers peppered with actual science, then you can't afford to miss this read.

"An expanding universe of delight."
-Washington Post

“A truly fascinating approach to thriller writing.… The story’s strength lies in its ingenious structure that neatly unfolds against an impressive backdrop of science.” The Big Thrill

“An utterly addictive murder mystery with a fantastic twist…. a cleverly thought-out bit of sci-fi fun.”  Starburst Magazine

“Gripping, suspenseful and original.”
RT Book Reviews

 iTunes "20 Best Books of April" and featured on What We're Reading!

Listed as a "mind-blowing" book of 2015 on io9


A groundbreaking discovery at the NJSC

This article was originally published on Science 2.0

The Anti-Proton Collider experiment of the New Jersey Super Collider (NJSC) announced today that we may not be alone in the universe. 

This groundbreaking discovery by the largest scientific instrument in the world was confirmed by detectors at five locations around the NJSC’s thirty-mile superconducting loop.  The anti-matter capture team, led by Dr. Brian Vanderhall, has uncovered definitive evidence that the connected network of quantum particles that make up the universe is itself intelligent.  Whether there are one or many such intelligent minds is not certain, but it seems clear that the vast matrix of exchanging fields and forces is complex enough to have a conscious mind of its own.

The breakthrough came from an analysis of several years’ worth of missing transverse energy (MET) measurements. MET refers to the energy of particles in a transverse direction to the axis of the beam, which implies the existence of particles not sensed by the experiment’s detectors. What Vanderhall and his team discovered was that the missing energy transfers followed a complex but recognizable pattern. That pattern proved to be identifiable as the interactions of a computational device with a complexity factor far in excess of Pronsky’s Threshold—that is, sufficient to require intelligent control.

The New Jersey Super Collider (NJSC) is the largest particle accelerator in the world.  Situated under the Pine Barrens near Lakehurst, New Jersey and Princeton University, its accelerator track is a huge ring buried two hundred feet beneath the surface and stretching thirty miles in circumference.  It is dedicated to discovering the most fundamental characteristics of our universe, from its first moments until now.

The NJSC cannot, at this time, communicate with these beings, notes Vanderhall.  They are presumably as unaware of us as we are of them.  They appear not to have bodies, at least not in the sense we are accustomed to.  They exist in our world, but in a strange, parallel existence, in which the material surfaces of things may have little meaning, and where gravity or electricity are just one more method of communication, he notes.

For more than a century, we’ve looked for aliens in distant galaxies, but they were here all along, right among us.  Inside us even, in the very molecules and forces that make up our air and food and our bodies, kind of an alternative universe version of Horton Hears A Who! Another whole civilization, and one so different from our own, we never even knew they were there.  Vanderhall and his team say they are hard at work trying to understand their language and devise methods of communication.  When they succeed, it may begin the most exciting and fascinating era of human existence.


April Fools!

This article is brought to you by David Walton, author of the quantum physics murder mystery Superposition, which comes out next Tuesday.  In Walton's book, the NJSC actually exists, and a quantum life is discovered, but when the scientist who made the discovery is found murdered in his lab, the race is on to find the real killer.