Experience the Planets Project

Experience the Planets
“Experience the Planets(ETP) is an ongoing project…Developed by Greg Martin along with a collaborative group of like-minded artists, ETP breaks away from fanciful notions of space and embraces the more challenging task of creating scenes informed by science factor hypothesis.”
But, really, words can’t convey the beauty of the artwork. Go see them for yourself.

2009 Hugo Winners

Special congratulations to Elizabeth Bear, who won best novelette for “Shoggoths in Bloom”! That’s number two, my friend!
The rest of the winners:
The Winners of the 2009 Hugo Award have just been announced via The Hugo Awards Twitter feed:
* BEST NOVEL: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury)
* BEST NOVELLA: “The Erdmann Nexus” by Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)
* BEST NOVELETTE: “Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s Mar 2008)
* BEST SHORT STORY: “Exhalation” by Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two, also: audio version)
* BEST RELATED BOOK: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008 by John Scalzi (Subterranean Press)
* BEST GRAPHIC STORY: Girl Genius, Volume 8: “Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones” Written by Kaja & Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

Birthplace of Roman Emperor Vespasian found

Via my brother (thanks, Greg)
Archaeologists have unearthed a sprawling country villa believed to be the birthplace of Vespasian, the Roman emperor who built the Colosseum, they said Friday. The 2,000-year-old ruins were found about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Rome, near Cittareale, lead archaeologist Filippo Coarelli said.
The 150,000-square-feet (14,000-square-meter) complex was at the center of an ancient village called Falacrine, Vespasian’s hometown.