Saturday, February 23, 2019

Some Days You Just Have to Laugh

What Do You Read When You Just Need Cheering Up?

amazon ad for a trilogy by EM FonerSome science fiction is read for the laughs. This series is one: EarthCentAmbassador. Currently the 16 books are listed with Kindle Unlimited.The stories are based on the adventures of an Earth ambassador to Union Station where the sentient planets send their ambassadors. The first in the series is Date Night on Union Station, rated 5 star on Amazon. Most of the series is rated 4.5-5 stars.

Amazon ad for EM Foner's book Turing TestWhat is unique about these books is that they are suitable for all ages. The author E. M. Foner claims he wrote the first book as a relaxing relief from the toils of writing his science fiction epic. His comedic and personable style can be enjoyed in the author bio on Amazon and in his blog. 

 Another series takes place in contemporary Earth-- the AI Diaries.

In the Ai Diaries an AI travels to today's Earth to observe humans. The Turing Test is the first in the series.

In Meghan's Dragon, a teenager in this coming-of-age novel must mature into a mage and control her dragon. Foner's states that his goal in writing this book is to explore the world of young adults who must face challenges as they interact with aliens and AI in adventures that are not world-shatteringly dangerous.

Enjoy the laughs!

And read these outloud to the kids. Or let them read these themselves. Have fun.

And, yes, I am an Amazon Affiliate. See the disclosure in the side panel.

I am also a believer in using good science fiction to encourage reading, to encourage an interest in science, to expand the ability to imagine and conceptualize, and to foster discussions between teachers/parents and youth. As a science teacher, I have written about this in various blog posts and my websites. Check out some of these posts by clicking on the labels. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Designing Spaceships for Games

Space Engineers -- a Game that Encourages Design

My adolescent grandson plays Space Engineers. He has designed two spaceships for the the game. He has generously allowed me to share the pictures with you. I believe he began the designs with a template. It does offer the young a way to do computer graphics. 

Needless to say, I am proud of him.

The photos are of the laptop with the spaceships on the screen.

screenshot of first spaceship he designed
screenshot of 2nd spaceship he designed
Space Engineers offers a 3-D printed model of one's spaceship for a price, of course.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

17 Equations that Changed the World

 The Equations

OK. So I took this title from Facebook. It was shared by a friend, David.
From Fotolia, which is now part of Adobe Stock
However, as one who sides with science in the culture wars, I hope an audience will take note of the ongoing effectiveness of science and math in society.

Can you name the 17 highly influential equations without reading the book? Or going to Facebook?

Look at all we as mankind have been able to do with science and math!!! From the Pythagorean Theorem to the Information Theory, Chaos Theory, and Black-Scholes Equation, Man's technology has been based on math. Remember E=mcsquared?

How much more will our world change?

Here is the Book. Click the Book to see What it is all About.

Please see Amazon Affiliate disclaimer in side panel.

Who knows? Maybe this will help solve the Plastics Problem. Solutions which, by the way, has been  posted by the World Economic Forum on Facebook and which I have posted on my own Facebook timeline.

If you need to know more about the image, I have the details still and will tell you the credits and name.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A New Set of Military Space Operas to Read

Ok, so actually they were new to me because I recently discovered them. I read the first one and got hooked on the series in each case. So I am telling you about them. (Click on the books to go to Amazon for more info and to get your copy.)

My Favorites

You might remember from past posts that my favorite space opera authors are these, although not in this order:
  1. David Weber
  2. Elizabeth Moon
  3. Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
David Weber has a new series called Manticore Ascendant that introduces a new hero as a midshipman. Although in the Honorverse, there is little mention of Honor Harrington. Also, this book can be read by a young adult. It is a good coming of age novel.

For the YA Reader

Then there is the series for YA readers that features a teenage Honor Harrington. This series begins with the book A Beautiful Friendship. 

Trade Secret by Lee and Miller is another book for YA, but it has a higher reading level than some. At least the grades 7-9 kids I introduced to it thought it difficult to relate to. The story is rather complex, but I enjoyed it.

Elizabeth Moon long ago wrote Sheepfarmer's Daughter that is part of The Deed of Paksinarrion anthology. Paks is another warrior that the YA reader will enjoy knowing.

For You and Me, as Adult Readers:  Space Operas to Enjoy

But let's get back to the military space operas. Some have female heroes. Some are actually in the space service of the universe. Some have several trilogies in the series; some just a few. All have lots of challenges to be solved and plenty of interpersonal relationships with ongoing friendships, different crewmembers with which to deal, families and at times a love interest.

Then there are the different approaches to what a spaceship is like. And how it moves through space. Seldom is there an alien species, but what the hey. These were enjoyable and I even paid to read the next one when the first was from Kindle Unlimited, but not the next or 5th or whichever.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. And yes, I am an Amazon Affiliate. So if you buy or whatever from Amazon from the link, I do get paid a bit.

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More to come.This picture and the spaceship above are from Fotolia, which is now part of Adobe Stock.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Hi,I 'm back.

wooded yard
I was able to enjoy this view of nature often during my blogging hiatus.

It is hard to believe that I haven't blogged here since 2014. The last few years have been eventful for me.
  1. I blogged my best ideas for a client instead of myself.
  2. I spent time taking care of my dad, who recently died. He was 91.
  3. I have resettled back into my house after spending years at my dad's.
  4. I have fretted over US politics and the bleakness of the future.
  5. I have seen the glory of the future possibilities.
  6. I have written new poems.
  7. I have expanded the nature of my freelance business.
  8. I have clients for my business that I share with my husband.
  9. I have new great-nieces and and great-nephews and newly married nephews.
  10. I have read hundreds of books on Kindle through Bookbub and Kindle Unlimited.
  11. I have listened to my favorite music on the Echo with Amazon Music Unlimited.
  12. I have lost and then found my glasses.
An that is just a short list of just a few highlights of the last few years. It would take a book...

A book is what I am concentrating on now. My business, Coskrey Biz, has expanded into book editing and maybe soon into publishing Kindle ebooks.  We have so many plans for future projects.

These are the better blogs from Talking about This and That that I wish to share with you.