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Bloodied by Starlight

By: Jonathon Laforce

Description: Jonathon LaForce goes into detail about his first battle with the Taliban when he was in the Marines.

Excerpt: I was growling by then, making sounds more fit for a raging Sith Lord. But I was totally and completely calm. No sweating, no shakes, no hesitation. Simply the mind of a man drilled in his craft. This is what sergeants and corporals have built with throughout the centuries: mortal men, the greatest and most challenging of all materials. From it they craft professional soldiers fit to wear the cloth of a nation, to bear arms in her name across the sands of foreig...

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Dungeons and Dragons: the 40-year Quest for a Game That Breaks All...

By: Bob Kruger

Description: This article goes through the history of Dungeons and Dragons. It explains the creative background of the video game and Bob Kruger's opinion on the development of the game.

Excerpt: On the other hand, he said in the original Dungeon Master’s Guide that “hit points,” the measure of damage a character could sustain, represented a mix of skill, luck, and divine favor more than physical toughness. Whereas wounds like broken bones weren’t, as he put it, “the stuff of high fantasy,” both trichinosis and trichophobia apparently were.

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Even Fantasy Needs a Little Science: (Even Magic Needs Rules)

By: Tedd Roberts

Description: The artice explains why 'realistic science' should be applied to an extent to fantasy novels and films to make it appealing to readers and viewers.

Excerpt: Perhaps the most obvious application of Magic as Technology is in Rick Cook's Wiz Biz books in which the most powerful wizard of our world, is pulled through to magical realm to assist in a war of good versus evil. Instead of a wizard, they get master hacker Wiz Zumwalt, who quickly figures out that spells are a lot like computer programs. He and a few friends construct a spell compiler and they are off and running creating and using spells pretty much the same ...

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From Smart Flesh to Custom Organs: The Growing Science of Tissue E...

By: Tedd Roberts

Description: This article shares new technologies developed for tissue engineering.

Excerpt: So, how are we going to make electrical recording surfaces that can truly mold to the tissue it records from? We need something flexible, yet durable - and something we can make in any shape or size. Enter Smart Flesh the flexible printed circuit made from silk that adheres and flexes with skin, muscle or brain. This remarkable development comes from the laboratory of Dr. John Rogers at the University of Illinois. It is hard to say exactly which capability Dr. R...

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Rendevous and Docking: a User's Guide for Non Rocket Scientists

By: Terry Burlison

Description: A user's guide for non rocket scientists for rendevous and docking.

Excerpt: Two times each day, your launch site will pass directly under the plane of your target orbit. This is when you must launch! If you delay, you will be launching into a different orbital plane; even if it has the same inclination, it will cross the equator at a different point and create a wedge angle between the orbits. Since the earth rotates 360° in 24 hours, elementary school math tells you that’s a degree every 15 minutes. Very quickly, you’ll be too far out ...

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Why Science is Never Settled

By: Tedd Roberts

Description: This article goes into detail about why science is a constant never ending process in discovering new things in many different areas.

Excerpt: Science is a process, not a conclusion -– you'll read that quite often in this article and in my other writing. I think that the exact wording is original to me, but it may have already escaped my control and entered the 'net at large, given that I use it quite often. I have a small plaque in my academic office which states: Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind. [I may have to use that in a title someday.] My graduate research ment...

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Gust Front

By: John Ringo

Description: Our choice was simple: we could be cannon fodder, or we could be ... fodder. We could send our forces to fight and die (as only humans can) against a ravening horde that was literally feeding on its interstellar conquests—or remain as we were—virtually weaponless and third in line for brunch. We chose to fight.

Excerpt: I am joyful that our people have such exquisite leadership, the Ghin said. Then he also copied a human expression as his lips drew back in a broad smile. The glittering teeth of a rending carnivore were exposed for all to see and the watching Indowy shut their eyes and turned away. None of them had the stupidity to actually run or otherwise embarrass the Darhel lords, but none of them would ever forget the sight. Our future is in good hands.

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Genellan: Planetfall

By: Scott Gier

Description: Genellan—a beautiful, Earthlike world where intelligent cliff dwellers waited in fear for the day the bear people would return, killing them for their fur . . . Genellan—the only refuge for a ship's crew and a detachment of spacer Marines, abandoned by a fleet fleeing from alien attackers. Stranded on Genellan, the humans struggled to make a home for themselves until—they hoped against hope—the fleet would return to rescue them.

Excerpt: Gorruk stood over Moth; the prone scientist sensed the general's pulsating body heat and smelled his irritation. Moth clinched shut his eyes and pressed his forehead to the floor. Why? Gorruk queried. Why does this worthless heap of intellectual offal pretend to your precious attention? The Supreme Leader has greater concerns. Our race is saved from another invasion, the enemy routed, chased from our system—again! Planetary Defense Command, with overwhelming ass...

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Fledgling

By: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Description: Theo Waitley has lived all her young life on Delgado,a Safe World that is home to one of the galaxy's premier institutions of higher learning where her mother is a professor. Her life drastically turns upside down when her mother, Kamele, a professor at the university leaves the only father that Theo has known and takes on a higher new position at the university. Theo is then put through many misadventures and forced to change the only life she’s known.

Excerpt: Why do I have to go with her? Theo demanded, and winced at the quaver in her voice. She'd meant to sound cool and remote and adult. Instead, she just sounded like a kid on the edge of a tantrum. Housefather Kiladi looked up from his work screen and regarded her just a shade too seriously. Theo bit her lip. Because, he said in his deep, calm voice, in the culture predominant upon Delgado, children—by which I mean those persons who have not attained what that same...

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Emerald Sea

By: John Ringo

Description: The fast-paced sequel to There Will be Dragons is a rollicking adventure above and below the high seas with dragons, orcas, beautiful mermaids— and the irrepressible Bast the Wood Elf, a cross between Legolas and Mae West.

Excerpt: The human race had brought itself so far. Rising through the mists of history. Surviving wars and famines. Until they had finally come to a technological point where so much was available, war, and even government, had been all but forgotten. The AI entity called Mother, which had started as a security protocol for the nearly mythical internet had morphed over the years until it was She who was the final arbiter of need. Mother, with her Argus eye and processors...

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Draw One in the Dark

By: Sarah Hoyt

Description: Every one of us has the beast inside. But for Kyrie Smith, the beast is no metaphor. Since she was 15, when she first shape-shifted into a savage, black panther, Kyrie has questioned her humanity and moved from town to town, searching for a way to feel human again.

Excerpt: And yet she couldn't pretend nothing had happened. She knew she had heard the scream. With that type of scream, someone or something was in trouble bad. Back there. In the parking lot. At this time of night most of the clientele of the Athens came in on foot, from the nearby apartment complexes or from the college dorms just a couple of blocks away. It could be hours before anyone went out to the parking lot. Kyrie didn't want to go out there, either. But she co...

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Caliphate

By: Tom Kratman

Description: Demography is destiny. In the 22nd century European deathbed demographics have turned the continent over to the more fertile Moslems. Atheism in Europe has been exterminated. Homosexuals are hanged, stoned or crucified. Such Christians as remain are relegated to dhimmitude, a form of second class citizenship. They are denied arms, denied civil rights, denied a voice, and specially taxed via the Koranic yizya. Their sons are taken as conscripted soldiers whil...

Excerpt: The female gave another cry, subtly different from the first. She saw, with satisfaction, her mate swoop down with a terrorizing cry of his own. Aha . . . there's the prey! She swooped, exulting in her own ferocity. How the contemptible thing tries to avoid me, to save its miserable life. No use, little one, for the God of Eagles has placed you here for me. The eagle's feathers strained as they bent under the braking maneuver. Then came the satisfying strike of ...

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Agent of Change

By: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Description: Once a brilliant First-in Scout, Val Con yos'Phelium was recruited by the mysterious Liaden Department of Interior and brainwashed into an Agent of Change—a ruthless covert operative who kills without remorse.

Excerpt: THE MAN WHO was not Terrence O'Grady had come quietly. And that, Sam insisted, was clear proof. Terry had never done anything quietly in his life if there was a way to get a fight out of it. Pete, walking at Sam's left behind the prisoner, wasn't so sure. To all appearances, the man they had taken was Terrence O'Grady. He had the curly, sandy hair, the pug nose, and the archaic black-framed glasses over pale blue eyes, and he walked with a limp of the left leg,...

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A Desert Called Peace

By: Tom Kratman

Description: They should have picked their enemies more carefully. Five centuries from now, on a remarkably Earthlike planet that is mankind's sole colony in space, religious fanatics called the Salafi Ikhwan have murdered the uncle of former colonel Patrick Hennessey. That was their first mistake, because uncle was rich and Hennessey was rather a good colonel. But they also murdered Hennessey's wife, Linda, and their three small children, and that was their worst mistak...

Excerpt: Your young children shall be taken back to your enemy's country, the mullah continued. Your women, and the girls over twelve, are awarded to his Pashtun Scouts as prizes. Mr. Yamaguchi, and the mullah's head nodded to indicate the oriental man who had accompanied the party, and Mr. al Ajami, another head nod, represent certain interests in Yamato and Doha that might wish to buy some of these women and girls from the Scouts. Having consulted with the Jinn I have ...

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