More Star Wars authors react to ebook news

May 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Posted in Books, Star Wars News | 2 Comments

In light of the recent Star Wars catalog news, I asked Star Wars authors how they felt about the news.  Four more Star Wars authors have replied back.  Here’s what they had to say.

Christie Golden, author of the Fate of the Jedi: Allies and the upcoming Fate of the Jedi: Ascension, said:

It’s been my experience that when a reader is a real fan either of an author or the series, and also enjoy reading e-books, they tend to purchase the books in both formats–traditional and e-book.  If they’re only casually interested, they often pick up the e-book when they might not pick the traditional method.  I think this is a win!

Walter Jon Williams, author of the one of the first few available Star Wars ebooks, New Jedi Order: Ylesia, said:

I’m delighted that my work will continue to be available to the many Star Wars fans in the Digiverse!

Joe Schrieber, author of Death Troopers and Red Harvest, said:

That’s great news.  I’ve gotten emails from readers for a couple years now asking when the Star Wars novels will become e-books, and I’ve always had to say I don’t have any idea.  One message was from a firefighter who loved the SW novels but didn’t have room in his equipment bag for a full-sized book…I’ve always told people I didn’t have any influence over the SW novels transitioning to e-books but I’ve always felt like the move was inevitable, and I’m glad it’s happening.

Sean Williams, author of The Force Unleashed II, said:

This is terrific news. My response is, quite simply, “About time!”

Overall, the response from Star Wars authors and fans alike has been positive.  As the June 28 date draws closer, I’m sure that we will be hearing more details on this great ebook transition.

The Roqoo Depot Staff would like thank Sean Williams, Christie Golden, Walter Jon Williams, and Joe Schrieber for speaking to us.

Read Lost Tribe of the Sith author Jackson Jackson Miller’s thoughts here.

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StarWars.com previews Darth Vader and the Lost Command #5

May 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Comic Books | Leave a comment

StarWars.com, courtesy of  Dark Horse comics, is showcasing a special slide show for the upcoming Darth Vader and Lost Command #5:

To see more of the slide show, head over to StarWars.com.  The issue of Darth Vader and the Lost Command #5  is available at a comic store near you May 25th.

Posted by: Dancelittleewok

Cell Phones the Equivalent of Alpha Red?

May 12, 2011 at 10:46 am | Posted in Science News | 1 Comment

Awww, look at the cute little bee. He's so happy you're not on your cell phone right now.

Beware Yuuzhan Vong, Alpha Red is here! Well the Yuuzhan Vong are probably safe, but the bees are not. Scientist have finally solved the riddle of what is causing the bees around the world to disappear. The answer is cell phones. Surprisingly enough, most of you reading this post have helped contribute to the global slaughter of the bees, unleashing an Alpha Red upon the poor, unsuspecting insects. But the real question is now that we know, will we do anything about it? Can the world give up their cell phones to help save the bees from extinction?

In the meantime we will most likely try to find a way to make bee-safe phones. However, I don’t think there is much they will be able to do. The signals themselves are the cause, and whether or not they can alter it to a safe signal is yet to be seen.

This poor bee was the victim of your last phone call.

So, if you’re talking on your cell phone and see a bee around, perhaps you should hang up and give the little guy a break. Our new slogan: hang up your comlink and save a bee.

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Happy Birthday, L. Neil Smith

May 12, 2011 at 9:25 am | Posted in Birthday | Leave a comment
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Today Roqoo Depot wishes Star Wars author L. Neil Smith a happy birthday. Back in 1983, nearly 28 years ago, he wrote Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu for Del Rey, one of the oldest Star Wars Expanded Universe novels (it is preceded by Splinter of the Mind’s Eye 1978, and The Han Solo Adventures 1979-1980). The book was followed by Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon, and Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka later that same year. All three books were then released as an omnibus in 1994: The Lando Calrissian Adventures.

Lester Neil Smith III was born in Denver, Colorado. His father was a United States Airforce officer, so his childhood was spent in many different places. He would later grow up to be a science fiction writer and a Libertarian, running for political office several times, and even presenting campaigns to run for President. If you would like to know more about him, some interesting info can be found here, or on his website http://www.lneilsmith.org.

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NASA TV

May 12, 2011 at 6:40 am | Posted in Miscellaneous, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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"Houston...we have an awesome."

This week for science Thursday why not watch a Space Shuttle try to be an airplane.

Shuttle Endeavour’s astronauts are flying a Shuttle Training Aircraft to Kennedy Space Center This morning. Arrival at 9a ET. Watch all the atcion on NASA TV by clicking here.

NASA Television Now in HD
NASA TV now has a full-time HD Channel available at no cost to cable and satellite service providers. Live coverage of space shuttle missions, on-orbit video of Earth captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and rocket launches of advanced scientific spacecraft are among the programming offered on NASA HD. Also available are imagery from NASA’s vast array of space satellites, as well as media briefings, presentations by expert lecturers, astronaut interviews and other special events, all in the improved detail and clarity of high-definition.

Contact your local cable or satellite service provider about carrying any NASA HD or any NASA TV channel.

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