Happy Birthday, Steven Barnes

March 1, 2012 at 11:13 am | Posted in Birthday, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment

Today we wish a happy birthday to author Steven Barnes. Steve wrote the Star Wars novel The Cestus Deception, as well as the eBook The Hive.

Born in Los Angeles, CA, Steve has pursued numerous interests. He’s written for TV shows like Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Andromeda, The Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1, and even Baywatch. He’s also an avid martial artist with a black belt in Kenpo Karate and Kodokan Judo, a brown belt in Shorenji Jiu Jitsu, and an instructor certificate in Wu Ming Ta. He is also an instructor in Filipino Kali stick and knife fighting and Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan, plus a student of many other styles including Jun Fan Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Shotokan Karate, Pentjak Silat, and French Savate.

If you would like to find out more about Steve, you can check out his website Lifewriting which includes a link to his blog.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Fifth Excerpt from ‘The Hammer and the Blade’

March 1, 2012 at 9:52 am | Posted in Books, News, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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Paul S. Kemp has released a fifth excerpt from his upcoming sword and sorcery novel The Hammer and the Blade. This excerpt gives the first look at the story’s antagonist, Rakon Norristru, as well as a good look at some of the magic involved in the book.

You can read the previous excerpts here: #1, #2, #3, and #4. You can also pre-order your copy on Amazon, B&N, and Powell’s.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Sixth Excerpt from ‘Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse’

March 1, 2012 at 9:35 am | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has posted their sixth excerpt from Troy Denning’s upcoming novel Apocalypse.

Within the hour, the Jedi would penetrate the immense structure in force, and the Circle of Lords would come to understand how badly they had underestimated Luke Skywalker. By the time Skywalker was finished, there wouldn’t be a High Lord left alive on Coruscant, and any survivors back on Kesh would be too busy worrying about him to even think about hunting her down.

FOTJ: Apocalypse comes out March 13th. You can check out the previous excerpts here: #1, #2. #3, #4, and #5. There are also excerpts on Amazon and Random House. You can also enter our contest to win a free copy signed by all three FOTJ authors.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

One Step Closer to Cyborg: The Droid Heart That Has No Pulse

March 1, 2012 at 7:56 am | Posted in Science News | Leave a comment

Popular Science has a lengthy article on a rather interesting artificial heart. Unlike most artificial hearts, the HeartMate II does not try to mimic the beat of a human heart. Instead, it uses a constant flow pump which eliminates a patient’s pulse. It’s an odd side effect but the benefits appear to be worth it. First off the HeartMate II is built for durability. Many artificial hearts quit working after a year. The HeartMate II has been tested in lab conditions over a period of eight years without any sign of wearing out. Secondly the HeartMate II can be implanted without removing the patient’s heart. It is designed in such a way that it can assist or fully take over for your heart. In fact it can be used to help patients with weakened hearts. By relieving the stress put on the heart, the HeartMate II can allow the organ to heal and recuperate. Once the heart fixes itself, the HeartMate II can then be removed. Continue Reading One Step Closer to Cyborg: The Droid Heart That Has No Pulse…

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