New Excerpt from Revan

November 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars: The Old Republic | Leave a comment
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Entertainment Weekly has posted chapter 3 from Drew Karpyshyn’s The Old Republic: Revan. The excerpt portrays Revan, T3, and Canderous on Coruscant and builds up to the adventure they’ll be going on. You can read it here.

You can also check out all the previous Revan excerpts here: SWTOR excerpt #1, SWTOR excerpt #2, SWTOR excerpt #3, mini excerpt #1, mini excerpt #2,mini excerpt #3, chapter 1.

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Interview with Drew Karpyshyn & 50% Discount on Revan

November 3, 2011 at 9:23 am | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Star Wars: The Old Republic | Leave a comment
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Drew Karpyshyn’s Revan is drawing closer, and the online competition between the book sellers is heating up. Barnes & Noble has pre-orders for The Old Republic: Revan slashed at 50% off today for the 320 page hardcover. That puts B&N at $13.50 to Amazon’s $14.98. Of course this deal won’t last long, and knowing Amazon, there could be some quick retaliation. Regardless, B&N has a cool little interview with the author, Drew Karpyshyn, which you can check out on their product page here. If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, now is as good a time as any.

UPDATE: Amazon has matched B&N’s 50% discount. I doubt either online seller will beat that discount, so if you plan on getting the book, you might as well score it at a cheap price. Plus Amazon has a pre-order price guarantee. You can’t beat that.

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Space Communications

November 3, 2011 at 9:00 am | Posted in Miscellaneous, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment

Ever wonder how we plan to talk to manned spacecraft when and if we ever do achieve the speeds necessary to explore our solar system and the greater galaxy? Radio waves travel at the speed of light are just too slow to make an effective means of communication. At that speed, communication with a manned mission to the surface of Mars could take up to ten minutes to send a message one way. That’s twenty minutes between the sneeze and gesundheit. Furthermore, radio waves only travel in one direction. Meaning there would be butt loads of math involved just to figure out what direction to point the transmitter if you were trying to contact someone outside the solar system.

So... can you hear me now? Mhmm... can you hear me now?

I actually once wrote an article for this very space that was titled, “Top 5 Totally Misused Sci-Fi Technologies”. In it I outlined the ways I found various sci-fi staples were being misused. In hindsight, I do wish I had included communications on the list. Star Trek calls it “sub-space” communication, and Star Wars calls it “The Holonet.” Both imply that the signal is being broadcast through some means outside normal space-time. Yet somehow anyone with the necessary antennae array, such as the one busted off the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars Ep VI: The Return of The Jedi, can pick up the signal wherever in the galaxy they may be. Continue Reading Space Communications…

Timothy Zahn will be in Lombard, IL Today

November 3, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Events, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Star Wars author Timothy Zahn will be at the Helen Plum Memorial Library in Lombard, IL today at 7:00 PM. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by. Tim will be giving out autographs and talking with fans. A few members of the 501st Legion will also be ┬áin attendance which should definitely add to the atmosphere. You can check out the library’s official website for more information.

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