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full_damageTor.com has been killing it with good content for the past couple of years, both in blogging and in short fiction. Damage, a short story by David Levine is no exception. Written from the perspective of a fighter-bomber spaceship that grapples with a programmed-in sense of duty, a highly-developed ability to feel pain, and a budding morality, this story grabbed me from the start. It carries strong through the middle and right to the end. Well done, David.

BC_Logo_On the nonfiction front, I’ve been keeping my opinions on cryptocurrency intentionally tentative. As interesting a concept that it is, I have never been able to get fully behind it, though I know many who have. Which is why I found this article interesting: Winklevoss Twins Aim to Take Bitcoin Mainstream. It’s still an unknown, whether or not cryptocurrency will be around in the future. I rarely see it in sci-fi, with the short-lived-but-awesome TV show Almost Human being the most notable in my mind: bitcoins in the show were often transported via physical memory sticks and in that way were an untraceable form of cash. I can think of no other examples. Not even William Gibson, who packed so much futurist thinking into his most recent, The Peripheral, mentions cryptocurrency of any kind (though there is a whole lot of money flying around). Right now there seems to be a big question as to whether regulation will save Bitcoin or whether it would somehow corrupt it, turn it into just another currency. Either way, near-future sci-fi fodder, I should think

nano_logoTooting my own horn, I was recently featured on the NaNoWriMo blog with my post, Discovering Character and Theme through Revision. NaNo taught me I could be a novelist, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my experiences with the community.

cutaway_bsg_hanger_deckUnder the “I love the Internet” category, I know this is just a search link, but man, I could get lost all day while researching the layouts of interstellar ships.

Finally: someone has put together a compilation that exposes just how much the crew in Star Trek: The Next Generation had to deal with poorly fitting clothes. What a joy it is to watch a future where despite being able to fling ourselves across the galaxy at warp speed, we can’t make a uniform that doesn’t ride up and down constantly.

(H/T: There’s Something Horribly, Unspeakably Wrong With Picard’s Uniform on io9.com)

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Jason LaPier is the author of Unexpected Rain, an interstellar murder mystery that reviewers have called "unexpectedly unique" and an "homage to past masters". Learn more about this noir SF novel that kicks off a trilogy.

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Jason W. LaPier is a multi-genre writer, delving into science fiction, speculative fiction, horror, slipstream, literary fiction, and surrealism. Originally from Upstate NY, Jason now lives in Portland, OR with his wife and their dachshund. By day, he is a software engineer at Elemental Technologies, where he creates the kinds of virtual worlds that actually do something. He is always in search of the perfect Italian sandwich.

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