Have we found another Earth?
Big news on the science front. It's called GJ 667 Cc, it's a newly discovered planet in the desirable Goldilocks zone of its red dwarf sun, and it may have water, compatible temperatures and other necessary elements to support life as we know it, and just possibly, someday, human life. It's refered to as a Super-Earth because it's approximate 4.5 times the size of our planet.
And it's close in astronomical terms...only 22 light years away. Right in the neighborhood. Close enough to send off a long range probe and expect some glossy close-ups in, say, a couple hundred years.
Read more: http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2012/02/newsflash-habitable-zone-earth-like-planet-discovered-22-light-years-away.html
Exciting stuff, yes? Yes! But there's even more exciting news. To quote Steven Vogt, an astronomer at the University of California, "Statistics tell us we shouldn't have found something this quickly...This tells us there must be an awful lot of these planets out there. It was almost too easy to find, and it happened too quickly."
More Earth-like planets than we ever thought possible in our own Milky Way galaxy? Think of the possibilities!
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From My Leaning Tower of TBR
My one regret was that although the ending was satisfying, it didn't have that take-me-beyond-the-event-horizon-and-pull-me-back-again bang-up finale I crave. Things went a little too easy for the pair, and the only thing that really held the lovers apart from a future together was a stubborn mindset.
Overall, this was still one of the very best SFRs I've read this year.
Where I'm At
GOTCHA! contest (in a three-way tie!) netted my third novel a looksie by Ballantine/Bantam Dell editor, Sue Grimshaw. I'm very happy with the outcome and genuinely enthused about the revision, which added new layers of visceral reaction and emotional depth, thanks to a wonderful workshop by Margie Lawson last fall. Inspiration is a wonderful thing.
Novel #3 has been doing very well in the finals department, but so far it's holding a full house of 2nds and 3rds. Sure would like to see that first win come in. Something to work for. :)
Raising a toast and shouting out a great big welcome to Pippa Jay who's the newest addition to the Spacefreighters Lounge crew. So glad you're here, Pippa, and very excited about your upcoming SFR release, KEIR. Hip, hip, hurray!
A Gift For You
As a thank you for visiting Spacefreighters Lounge, I'll gift a copy of Barbara Elsborg's CHOSEN (Kindle e-book) to the first ten who comment below and say they'd like a copy--while the .99 sale lasts. Yes, co-bloggers, that includes you! CHOSEN is not a SFR, but a masterpiece of dark, diabolical Romantic Suspense that's being offered at a special price for a very limited time. (You must be at least 18 years old to quality and state this in your comment.) Warning: This novel is gritty and at times disturbing, and not for the faint of heart! Follow the link to read the blurb and see the reviews. All I ask is that if you love the story as much as I did, that you write a review on Google, Goodreads or post it on your site. Be sure to leave an email address I can send your copy to.