Science Newsie Catchup for November, 2014

Hey y’all, let me tell ya, November was one craaaa-haaaaa-haaaazy month, and so I apologize, but some things on my end fell by the wayside, but I’m here now to try and make up for that with one of the best parts of the Science Behind the Sci-Fi newsletters, the sciencey stuff! 🙂 The holidays should be a little brighter with some spacey goodness, so here goes!!

  • Apollo’s Younger Brother to Debut This Week: The Orion manned space probe — the first long-range manned space probe since the Apollo missions over forty years ago — is set to make its debut test flight this week, which will HOPEFULLY usher in a new era of space exploration should it be successful. Here’s to hoping!
  • Gaining InSight into Mars: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories have begun the final assembly and testing of their next generation Mars rover, InSight. As a huge fan of the rover program, I am giddy to see how this one performs.
  • It’s a Liquid! It’s a Gas! It’s Supercritical Carbon Dioxide: Scientists recently theorized that, as humans live on water, aliens could live on “supercritical” carbon dioxide, which can exist as both a liquid and a gas at the same time! CRAZY!
  • Giving Thanks from Orbit: Of the astronauts on the International Space Station, two American and one Italian took last Thursday off to celebrate Thanksgiving, and shared a cute little video with us as well!

That’s it for now folks, hope that keeps y’all going until next time. Have a great week! 🙂

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September, 2014 Company Newsletter: It’s Dinorrific!

Hello friends, and welcome to our October company newsletter!! September has already passed us by, and much of the month was focused on our currently running Dinosaur Island Kickstarter campaign! Let’s take a look!

I. Latest Posts

First off, In our post on last month’s Science Behind the Sci-Fi Panel, we take an in-depth look at both Dinosaur Island along with some fun dino science! Check it out!

If you want to view the panel directly, you can click here to go straight to YouTube.

II. Latest Happenings

We’re winding down our Dinosaur Island Kickstarter in a week, and it’s been a fantastic experience. Much of our time has been spent learning from the experience and making sure we use it to grow as a company! Whatever happens with the Kickstarter ultimately, we’ll have grown for it regardless, and that will ultimately help us bring you a better experience in the games we provide and how we find them. 🙂

III. Upcoming Items

Besides wrapping up our Kickstarter, we’ll have the usual ebooks coming out for supporters of the Broken Crown Kickstarter from way back when, plus we’re working on more goodness, so please stay tuned!

That’s it for this month’s newsletter folks! Thanks for reading, and have an amazing period of time that you choose to reside in! 😉

Science Behind the Sci-Fi Newsletter: September 2014

I: Introduction

Hey there folks, welcome to an all-new Science Behind the Sci-Fi Newsletter covering September, 2014! September has been an interesting month as we’ve had a bit of crossover with our sister company, Broken Crayon Games. Read on to find out more!

II: Science Behind the Sci-Fi

For this month’s panel, we did something a little different. Over at Broken Crayon, we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign for an exciting new Dinosaur simulation called Dinosaur Island. In Dinosaur Island, you get to control individual dinosaurs or packs of dinos in a realistically modeled, procedurally generated environment. You must help the dinosaurs survive through a combination of proper feeding and dealing with the environment around you, including predators!

In this month’s panel, we spoke to Dr. Ezra Sidran (the creator of Dinosaur Island), Dr. Karen Chin (Curator of Paleontology at University of Colorado) and Dr. Jordan Mallon (Research Scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature) for a spirited discussion about the game and the dinosaurs it models. If you love dinosaurs — and who doesn’t, really? — check it out!

If the embedded link doesn’t work in your email program, just click here to watch the video! Enjoy!

III: Fun Science News!

There was some fun sciencey news over the last month, so let’s take a look!

That’s it for this issue my friends. As always, be sure to tune into us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to keep up with the latest developments on our ebook releases, future Science Behind the Sci-Fi panels and more! Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day/month! 🙂

Science Behind the Sci-Fi Newsletter: August 2014

I: Introduction

Hello my friends, and welcome to the August edition of the Science Behind the Sci-Fi newsletter! August brought our second Science Behind the Sci-Fi Panel, and we’ve got even more planned! Check it out!

II: Science Behind the Sci-Fi

For this month’s panel, the topic was “Stresses of Living in a Multi-Planet Society,” with guests science and tech journalist Kate Greene (who will be our new host!), Blue Marble Space Founder Sanjoy Som and President of Brazen Wrench Productions, Scott Viguie!

For September, we’re going to have a very special guest, so I am totally not gonna give it away right now and tell you to stay tuned. 😉

III: Fun Science News!

There was some fun sciencey news over the last month, so let’s take a look!

That’s it for this issue my friends. Be sure to tune into us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to keep up with the latest developments on our ebook releases, future Science Behind the Sci-Fi panels and more! Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day/month! 🙂

Science Behind the Sci-Fi Newsletter: July 2014

I: Introduction

Hello my friends, and welcome to the July edition of the Science Behind the Sci-Fi newsletter! July brought us our first new installment of the new video panels, which we’ll talk about in a moment, and we’re already working hard to bring you an excellent lineup of panel topics for the rest of the year. With that said, let’s dive in!

II: Science Behind the Sci-Fi

Earlier this month, Broken Crown Games CEO Tyler Yohe moderated a panel entitled, “Episode 1: Space Exploration – Past, Present, and Future”. Joining him on the panel were Amy Teitel of Popular Science, Micah Walter-Range of the Space Foundation and Michael Paul of the Penn State GoogleX Lunar Lions. It was an excellent and spirited discussion that discussed the exciting past and future of space exploration from a wide variety of angles. You can watch the video below or go to YouTube directly!

For August, we’re working on a panel we’re tentatively calling, “Stresses in a multi-planet society,” and are currently working on the guests and other details for that. As soon as we know the who and then when, we’ll let you know, so stay tuned!!

III: Fun Science News!

There was some fun sciencey news over the last month, so let’s take a look!

Finally, if y’all don’t mind me embellishing a bit, I got to visit an honest to goodness Space Shuttle recently, namely the Endeavour at the California Science Center here in Los Angeles. I was so moved by the event I wrote a little something about it, which I hope you enjoy. 🙂

That’s it for this installment folks. Be sure to tune into us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to keep up with the latest developments on our ebook releases, future Science Behind the Sci-Fi panels and more! Thanks for reading folks, and have a wonderful day/month! 🙂

Science Behind the Sci-Fi Newsletter: June, 2014

I: Introduction

Hello my friends to the June edition of the Science Behind the Sci-Fi newsletter!! We’ve been hard at work trying to get things moving forward and we have great news! Next month we’ll be resuming our monthly Science Behind the Sci-Fi Panels, and this time we’re moving to video! Check it out!

II: Science Behind the Sci-Fi

Great news! On Sunday, July 13th, we’ll be hosting our first video Science Behind the Sci-Fi Panel! The topic this time will be, “Looking Back to Look Forward: The Past, Present, and Future of Space Exploration”! On tap we have the following:

  • Amy Teitel – Spaceflight Historian & Blogger at Popular Science
  • Linda McNeil – Executive Director, Federation of Galaxy Explorers (FoGE)
  • Michael Paul – Mission Director, The Penn State Lunar Lion
  • And Other Guests!

You’ll be able to watch the video via a Google Live Hangout on our Google+ Page or our YouTube page! We’ll be starting at 11 AM Pacific/2PM Eastern time, so we hope you all can make it!

III: Fun Science News!

There’s been some fun sciencey spacey news in the last month to read, such as:

That’s it for now folks. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. Thanks for reading, and we’ll be back soon with more info on the Science Behind the Sci-Fi panels.

Science Behind the Sci-Fi Newsletter: May, 2014

I: Introduction

Welcome friends to the new and soon-to-be-improved Science Behind the Sci-Fi Newsletter. We had a small break there, but don’t you worry, we’re working hard to bring you the most interesting topics from the brightest minds around. We’re working hard to breathe new life into the Science Behind the Sci-Fi panel, and we’ve been busy with some other stuff as well!

If you’re unaware, we’ve halted production on the Escaping Titan game for a multitude of reasons. We still plan to bring the game to release, but we want to make sure it’s the best possible game we can make. In the meantime, we’ve been working on the ebooks from our recent Kickstarter that flesh out the Broken Crown universe with respect to the narrative surrounding Escaping Titan.  If you missed the Kickstarter, don’t fret, you can purchase them here as they become available.

Our sister company, Broken Crayon, has been busy with new games, and we were just at PAX East 2014 to promote both companies, so stay tuned for a postmortem of the show as well. You’re here for Science Behind the Sci-Fi though, so let’s tell you what’s going on with that:

II: Science Behind the Sci-Fi

We’re working to bring back the regular Science Behind the Sci-Fi installments this June! We’re looking to find exceptional scientists to talk about a range of topic, as well as hosts to moderate the discussion. Why do we need hosts? We’re moving to a new video format!

This will hopefully make the entire endeavor not only more accessible for our fans, but also easier for us to make, meaning there shouldn’t be any further gaps like this one. Stay tuned for more info on the resumption of Science Behind the Sci-Fi next month, and if there’s any particular topic or personality you’d like us to cover, please feel free to let us know!

III: Fun Science News!

As we love both science and sci-fi, we’re also going to be on the lookout for fun, engaging science stories that could totally fit into the sci-fi realm, from Mars rovers to new forms of propulsion and everything in between. Here’s what’s been happening recently!

That’s it for now folks. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. Thanks for reason, and we’ll be back soon with more info on the Science Behind the Sci-Fi panels.