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Weekly Links 20090118

Writing

A leading light in science fiction is heading to Saskatoon’s light source synchrotron.  Acclaimed Canadian sci-fi author Robert J. Sawyer will be the first ever writer-in-residence at the massive scientific facility.  Sawyer, who has written 20 novels and won the coveted Hugo and Nebula awards, told CBC News he is excited about what he calls a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to hang out with working scientists.

From Novelish: I searched the interviews of twelve successful fantasy authors to find their advice for aspiring authors, which I’ve compiled in this entry. Click on a name to jump to it, or scroll down to read through the full article.

foundation-asimov
Columbia won an auction late Thursday for screen rights to “Foundation,” Isaac Asimov’s ground breaking science fiction trilogy. The film will be developed as a directing vehicle for Roland Emmerich.

Computers

The N8VEM Single Board Computer (SBC) is a home brew Z80 small computer project. It is made in the style of vintage computers of the mid to late 1970’s and early 1980’s using a mix of classic and modern technologies.

Misc

Eating the worlds hottest pepper  http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-NNzI3RTZ7I

The beauty of fractals in the real world.