In the continued tapdance around the real truth about the Hidden Frontier, yesterday we were treated to the first official discovery of an "Earth-like" planet; true, it's sort of a giraffe to our platypus, considering it sits in near (O rly? But it's what was writ) tidal lock with its sun, one year per day and both of them 37 Earth-days long. "Tidal lock" means there's a dark pole and a noon pole, one hot enough to melt babbitt and searingly bright, the other dark and cold, resulting in howling winds pumped 'round the planet, haunting the human-habitable lands of dawn and evening at the terminator. If there's liquid water, there will be life, we're told, a hundred-percent chance; and I'd guess 90 percent chance it won't be anything very familiar-looking.
Of course it's going to be named "Goldilocks."
And you thought my bemused mentions of the naming conventions of the space-fled human civilization known as the Far Edge were fictional? Further, deponent sayeth not.
(BTW, there's an update coming; I've been working through lunch at my payin' job, which means little-to-no writing time. Plus I started another narrative thread, a fascinating diversion to follow after the current story arc. Nevertheless, I'm very nearly to the chapter end -- and you may recognize some of the characters).
P.S.: Hint to the spellchecker, "babbitt" with a lower-case b came before "Babbitt" with an upper-case B. The character was named for the metal. So howcome you know the second but not the first?
DAYTON HAMVENTION 2013
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