Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
George R.R. Martin took to dealing with his Internet fan base directly during a Google livestream yesterday. While most of the questions had to do with “A Song of Ice and Fire” and the HBO show it spawned, “Game of Thrones,” Martin did address some of his more … querulous readers as well.
For example, the fantasy author does not go on his fan boards, something we could have probably guessed from the way his publisher tries to keep people off of them.
“What if they’re guessing the things I haven’t revealed yet? What if they’re guessing correctly? What if they come up with better ideas than the ones I have, do I steal them?” “It’s one of the drawbacks of the whole Internet culture .. that you guys have created,” he says, pointing at Googlers. “Something that previously one reader in 1000 would have guessed, and the other 999 would have no inkling… now that one person in a thousand puts it on an Internet message board … and pretty soon half the readership, or at least the Internet savvy portion knows it.”
Yes, blame Google for your woes, Martin. That should make your message boards light up like a Christmas tree. And just for those out there wondering, no, he doesn’t have any plans for a prequel to “A Song of Ice and Fire.” He still has two more books to write, dammit!
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.