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Z: Zombie Stories, Featuring my Zombie Oil Spill Novella "Deepwater Miracle"

Just got a couple copies of Z: Zombie Stories, a YA anthology featuring my 10,000-word novella “Deepwater Miracle,” my first published work of young adult fiction.

“Deepwater Miracle” is Set in the world of my novel The Panama Laugh and features two teen refugees trying to reach Texas from Costa Rica, and encountering plenty of hellfire in their path. It features references to the 2010 Gulf oil spill, including a chocolate mousse deluge of Biblical proportions, as well as anti-immigrant hysteria and “patriotic” pirates in the form of right-wing Texan secessionist Minutemen-style groups.


Z: Zombie Stories, edited by J.M. Lassen

When the zombie apocalypse comes, it’s not just those crusty old folks who will struggle against the undead, it’s also the young people. What happens when you come of age during the zombie apocalypse? Z: Zombie Stories has the answer to that question.

Z: Zombie Stories gathers together some of the hottest zombie fiction of the last two decades, from authors including Kelly Link, Jonathan Maberry, and Catherynne M. Valente. These stories focus on those who will inherit a world overrun with the living dead: a young man who takes up the family business of dealing with the undead, a girl struggling with her abusive father…who has become a zombie, a poet who digs up the wrong grave, and a Viking maiden imprisoned with the living dead…

Featuring stories by Kelly Link, Jonathan Maberry, Thomas S. Roche, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Catherynne M. Valente, Scott Edelman, Darrell Schweitzer, Christine Morgan, David Barr Hirtley, and Scott Nicholson.







Early Tools on Crete Push Back Sea Travel Origins

From the Greek Culture Ministry, via NPR.

The recent discovery of early tools on the island of Crete is causing scientists to revise their view not only of when the technology of sea travel developed, but of how humans (or other hominids) migrated into Europe from Africa.

According to a statement by the Greek Culture Ministry reported by NPR (and elsewhere), the tools are at least 130,000 years old, and may be as old as 700,00 years.


P. Diddy Does Not “Control” His Yacht by iPad

As someone who made the leap from Mac to PC about 8 years ago (after 14+ years on Apple products), but loves my iPod Touch, I’ve found it endlessly fascinating seeing Apple’s iPad market itself. The success of the device seems to prove an axiom that’s so rarely true nowadays…good design means product success.

At the same time, fantastic public relations is an art form in and of itself. I have great respect for the good and the bad in the PR industry. Getting good PR is impressive, whether you’re the manufacturer of the season’s most widely-coveted consumer good, or an offensively opulent luxury yacht next to no one can afford. Good PR — Apple gots it, in addition to a solid product that many consumers seem to (legitimately) love.

These German cats apparently gots it, too. But even the iPad doesn’t “control” a yacht, as CNN claims.

Nor does a press release from a yacht broker warrant a news story, no matter how bad-ass this thing is.

In the headline of its front-page article (READ THE REST OF THIS POST ON TECHYUM…)

Creepy Promotional Video for Dubai’s Dying “The World”

Screenshot from Google Earth, ten minutes ago.

It’s not especially fresh news that a business consortium in Dubai has been developing an archipelago of artificial, privately-owned islands shaped like the world to be a playground for the mega-loaded. The project was announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the monarch of Dubai, in 2003, and hit the US press in mid-decade.

It was a project so fantastically cyberpunk as to tweak one’s comprehension of precisely which pill you just scarfed. Half the goggle-wearing sci-fi nerds out there seemed to love this idea for its sheer audacity (the rest, reasonably, thought it was EFFING INSANE). But enough of the richest of the uber-rich went for it like bloggers for the last salmon cake at the catered press conference to keep the thing throbbing along in the Western press for nigh on five years now.


Rash of Egyptian Shark Attacks

Oceanic white-tip shark in the Red Sea. Creative Commons photo by Peter Koelbl, via Wikipedia.

Three snorkelers have been injured, and a German woman killed, in shark attacks off the Egyptian resort town of Sharm-el-Sheikh over the last week. Meanwhile, the beaches are closed until the shark can be found, a team of behavioral experts has been called in to assess the situation, and two sharks were killed near the resort — an oceanic white-tipped shark and a mako. (READ THE REST OF THIS POST ON TECHYUM.COM)

Swedish Robot Pilot Discovers Rare Cold Water Coral Ecosystem

Photo by Tomas Lundälv, Sven Lovén Centre, University of Gothenburg, via Science Daily.

Shock waves rippled through the cold water coral ecosystem community this week with the news that a very rare ecosystem has been discovered in a coral wall 50 to 60 meters tall and 190 kilometers long, at about 600 meters depth in the Atlantic Ocean off of Mauritania in Northern Africa.

It’s the first time an ecosystem like this has been discovered this far south.

According to Science Daily, University of Gothenburg researcher Tomas Lundälv piloted a robot vessel to a depth of 615 meters from the RV Maria S. Merian, Germany’s most modern research ship. Though Lundälv and his associate Professor André Freiwald knew there was a very large cold water coral bank there, they had no idea of the extent of the formation.