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Alpaca vs Landsquid: The Results (Plus the Comfort Books Theory)

Anne reminded me yesterday that I’d never truly ended the Alpaca/Landsquid/Sky Shark battle in any sort of fashion.

For those of you too lazy to go and find the results of the poll (myself included), here’s how things resolved themselves.

30% of people voted for the Landsquid.
35% of people voted for the Alpaca.
35% of people voted for the Sky Shark.

Now, I was pleased that everyone was so close, but Anne informs me that the Sky Shark should have won handily and only didn’t because Ian was strong-arming people into voting for the Alpaca, and I’ve got a Landsquid who won’t come and help me do anything because he’s sulking with a box of Cheez-Its and a bottle of whiskey under the stairs.  So.

As to the Comfort Book theory, my theory was that people’s comfort books would either be something they read very early on in life or would be something that they’d read during a difficult time period, but I don’t think I got enough data to make any sort of conclusions on that front.

Slightly Belated Thursday Round-up

This week’s Thursday round-up comes to you slightly late from a Residence Inn while I move across state lines.

Science/Space
Cute Video from NASA about Design Reviews
Asteroid Hit Could Destroy Ozone Layer
Planets Discovered Around Binary Stars
Physicists Attempt to Prove Third Dimension Doesn’t Exist

Scifi/Fantasy
Real star maps overlayed with science fiction locations
Science Fiction Releases for November
Fantasy Releases for November

Writing
5 Things Every Writer Should Know About Rights

Thursday Round-up

Posting this on the right day this week.  I make no guarantees about the future.  It’s Thursday!  Have some links!

Science/Space
Space Shuttle Discovery’s Crew Does Emergency Tank Training (I’m not really sure what sort of launch emergency needs a tank, but damn, that’s awesome.)
Supernova Smothered by Own Dust
Robot Singer Gets Own Back-up Dancers (Oh, Japan.)
Picture of a Solar Eclipse…from Space!

Scifi/Fantasy
Other Science Fiction Authors Talk About Robert Heinlein’s Novels in Celebration of Release of Heinlein Autobiography
First Chapter of Michael A. Stackpole’s At the Queen’s Command
Give-away of Dreadnought by Cherie Priest, Half-Made World by Felix Gilman, and The Osiris Ritual by George Mann (Deadline 10/29)
Review of The Last Page by Anthony Huso
Realms of Fantasy Closes Its Doors
It’s Steampunk Fortnight at Tor!

Misc Books

Writing
Query Chat on Oct 28 @ 9 PM ET
Five Things to Know About Your Novel BEFORE NaNoWriMo Starts
Word Count Ranges by Genre
Amazon Launches Kindle Singles (for shorter works)

Misc
Steampunk Iron Man costume
Octopus made of Typewriter Parts