One-Planet-at-a-Time Quarterly News Update:
Second Quarter, 2014
NEWS: All right, time to announce the winners of the First Quarter Star Ship Contest:
1) ILJackson's Supply Convoy
2) desuran's Traddian Transport
3) Dragontunders' Anurakian battlecruiser 2.0
As always, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members and also thank many of our more senior members for their continued level of involvement. For more info about OPaaT and what we are all about please check out the New Member Guide fav.me/d5dhxa8 as well as the FAQ fav.me/d5uaq58 and our ever-growing star map fav.me/d5gb11j
There has already been some preliminary brainstorming regarding a unified paradigm for Telepath Guidelines fav.me/d70cw69 and if anyone has additional ideas feel free to join the discussion at any time. A rough draft for the Telepath Guidelines document should be available sometime between now and the Fourth Quarter News Update.
1) The best science fiction news blog io9.com
2) Nature Magazine: The dawn of quantum biology www.nature.com/news/2011/11061…
3) GoogleTechTalks www.youtube.com/user/GoogleTec…
4) Journal of Visualized Experiments jove.com
5) MIT OpenCourseWare www.youtube.com/user/MIT
Now that we have just had a ship contest I think it is high time we had a space station contest. The deadline for this contest is June 31 at 11:00pm EST and if anyone is interested in contributing prize art please send me a note.
Our newest affiliate is CaelumLexfans caelumlexfans.deviantart.com/ The thing that I love about this group is that it focuses on supporting an original space opera project produced by two great people who are simply doing what they love and just going for it. Nuff said.
Below are ten of my favorite deviations:
1) Taking Care of It
2) Blank Stares
5) Year One
6) Kicking Down the Door
9) Taking Back the Ship
10) Fix It
And don't forget to check out Chapter 1 fav.me/d5gro6q
BOOK CLUB: Frank Herbert's Dune is considered one of the greatest (if not the greatest) science fiction novels of all time and it is easy to see why. There is a compelling plot and intricate worldbuilding, the prose is elegant without beating the reader over the head, and the characters are sufficiently complex without getting in the way of the story. As far as galactic civilization stories go it is much more well executed than Asimov's Foundation and many aspects of it were borrowed by Star Wars. It was one of the longest books that I have ever read but I savored every page and at the end I was sad that it was over.
QUESTIONS FOR THE READER:
1) Is there anything about Dune that you would have done differently if you had a chance to write a similar story?
2) What do you think is the greatest science fiction novel of all time?
3) How did your experience with Dune influence your development as a writer or artist?
4) Do you feel that Dune's film adaptations did an adequate job of capturing the essence of the book?
Reminder: Next quarter we will be discussing Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake