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Dashboard View

In case you’re wondering… the new book is is more or less complete.  It’s in the hands of readers, and with my agent. I’m really psyched for it. In the meantime, here’s a view I see everyday.

Dashboard View
Dashboard View

New hypothesis for Fermi’s Paradox

Fermi’s Paradox: If there are so many potentially habitable planets, where are all the aliens?

On Gizmodo today, there’s a new, interesting hypothesis to answer Fermi’s Paradox, called the “Gaian Bottleneck Hypothesis.”

— essentially:

  • life takes a long time to develop, from single-celled molecules to complex life.
  • It is rare to find a planet’s atmosphere that is stable long enough  for this to happen

If true, three things:

1) our planet is a rare, rare anomaly (ie:  treasure)

2) this means the ‘Great Filter’ — planetary extinction — is ahead of us yet

3) there’s going to be a booming job market for xenoarchaeologists! Can’t wait to get my degree.

Things I read (or failed to read) this summer

I tried and failed to read Knausgaard. His struggle ultimately became My Failure as I gave up the book two-thirds the way through (sorry book group!). I’m happy for the  gazillion other people who think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I’ll take Bolaño any day in the genre of enormous lit

Giving up My Struggle freed up room to pick up these awesome NW spec-lit books – the authors of which (Sharma Shields, Shya Scanlon, and J. Robert Lennon/ literambivalence) I’ll be on a panel with at the Montana Book Festival.  I finished  See You in Paradise highly recommended. Can’t wait to read Shields & Scanlon. Also, and next up for book group: I’m loving Austerlitz.

I was asked to write my first blurb. For Microcosm press I read The Velocipede Races – awesome, fun feminist bicycle fiction.

Research for the next book continues – I’ll be visiting dig sites in SE Oregon this September, while at Playa

Lastly: I’ll be picking up Emmi Itäranta’s Memory of Water shortly, for a really awesome event we’ll be doing together but which I cannot yet announce…

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Sherwood Nation Reader’s Guide and Companion

Sherwood Nation Reader’s Guide and Companion

Who & Where

lithoppdx:

Announcing the Hosts and Venues for LitHop PDX #3…

See the schedule of readers and details HERE.

The Soft Show @ Floating World Comics
Future Tense Books & The Rumpus @ Ash Street Saloon
Burnside Review @ Valentine’s
Street Roots & Street Books @ The Mercy Corps Building
University of Hell Press @ Dante’s
Magic Helicopter/Noo Journal & Perfect Day Publishing @ Shanghai Tunnel

With a 10:00 after-party at Dante’s!

Late notice here, but I’m reading with the Street Books contingent tonight.