Need to stretch myself a little, musically speaking. No reason, I just like to expand my musical map from time to time.
It’s a nice little clip, actually. Sets up nicely the tensions, the attitudes, and the realization that whoever sets up colonization efforts for Earth in this series should be taken outside and beaten with a stick. Also: since there’s no rotating crew quarters then I can only assume that they’re using some sort of gravity control. In which case: JEEZ, cyrosleep. Constant-boost that bad boy to .99999c or something and time-dilate your way to the new planet. Unless there’s superluminal travel, in which case why cyrosleep anyway?
It was natural for explorers from Earth to go to the TRAPPIST-1 dwarf system as part of the first wave of interstellar exploration, once humans finally cracked the code on faster-than-light travel. The planetary system had seven confirmed exoplanets, and a remarkably tolerant habitable zone for a dwarf star; it was also extremely young by stellar standards. So it seemed unlikely that life would have developed so quickly there… thus making it probably safe enough for a species just starting to practice exploring the Galactic Arm.
This proved to be… incorrect. Not only were there three water worlds with functional biospheres: the other four planets all proved to have their own forms of life. And sentient races living on all of them, although admittedly none of those species were born there. It turns out that TRAPPIST-1 is well-named; it’s a favorite spot for monastic communities from all over this part of known space. Fortunately, humans were welcome enough… or at least their religious communities were.
It’s a book called… Inferno Squad. And I’ll allow it:
The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad. After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire — no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But as the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far will Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire?
This is not news of the existence of habitable planets there, or life-bearing ones, or even water worlds. It is news that the TRAPPIST-1 red dwarf system has at least three exoplanets of loosely (rather loosely, mind you) Earth’s mass orbiting the star at a distance where liquid water is possible. IF those planets have an atmosphere like Earth’s and IF there isn’t something else there to muck about with planetary conditions then MAYBE the place won’t be absolutely inimical to terrestrial life. The system is only five hundred million years old, so I wouldn’t expect Great Old Ones or Arisians living on it, either.
TRAPPIST-1 is about 29 light years away, for those who were wondering. Sounds like an excellent time for figuring out how to get around Einstein, once and for all? Now that we have an idea of where maybe to go, and all that.
— Baen Books (@BaenBooks) February 22, 2017
It’s a prequel short story to Witchy Eye, which is coming out in a couple of weeks. Flintlock fantasy alternate history, if the phrase ‘necromancy Oliver Cromwell’ didn’t spell that out already. I have the Advance Reader Copy on my phone, right next to the rest of the dang pile. Seriously, I should have started exercising years ago. It’s practically making me read/watch/listen to more stuff.
*Pardon the pun? …Nope, I suspect that many of you will not.
Written by people who, every year, go camp in a desert where you can’t even dump water safely. So I feel that you will find this Burning Man primer fascinating, not least because it is remarkably unsentimental and unforgiving in its approach. It’s almost draconian, in fact: there’s a strong sense of you-will-learn-how-to-do-these-things that I found appealing. And some of them I will probably do, the next time I’m at Pennsic (which is apparently infinitely easier to camp in).
So, my apologies and whatnot. I don’t think that I ripped anybody’s heart out and ate it in front of them, but you never know. And it is ever so funny how ‘four-day weekend’ stops being a Wahoo! moment the millisecond your first kid enters kindergarten. It’s like you can visibly see the Dread fill the phrase’s veins…
I confess: I skipped it. No spaceships, no ninja, no slo-mo techno combat scenes… you know the drill. But Honest Trailers apparently loved Hell or High Water so much they’re practically ready to have its baby, so: worth it? Keep in mind that I am a man of straightforward tastes in cinema, except when it’s something like Arrival because I’m not a complete Philistine…
This is… well, it’s not horrible news. Peter Mayhew is in his 70s, he’s playing Chewbacca in The Last Jedi, and probably will in the next one, too. And certainly Joonas Suotamo has been understudying for the role. But it’s still kind of sad to see how time marches on. Suotamo strikes the right note, here:
— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) February 21, 2017