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I'm guessing that the reality-based answer would be "it doesn't", but still, Benni obviously thinks it does, so I'd be interested to hear why that is. Well, that's a good question, I guess, if you're involved in psychological research. Among many other uses, PDEs are used in relativity, and Benni doesn't "believe in" relativity, so it tries to either subsume or denigrate DEs in general to pretend it has some as-yet unrevealed "proof" relativity is wrong that the rest of us here can't figure out because we can't "solve" PDEs. This is obvious psychotic ideation, if you want to put some notes down.

DEs are where Benni feels the rest of us "fail," despite the fact that it obviously cannot deal with them rationally, since it doesn't have the training necessary to do so. For reference you should see its comments on half-life and average lifetime of subatomic particles. That sounds like a fairly reasonable explanation. The reason I'm wondering is because I can't really pin down what Benni's angle is. Benni doesn't seem to fit into any of those categories, so it makes me wonder what he thinks he is doing. Anything I might hypothesize about Benni's motivations would be speculative at best since I cannot imagine a mindset that deals with reality in that manner.

It makes up stories that are only marginally internally consistent, never mind externally, about physics, and particularly astrophysics. Most here see it as yet another irritation to go with the religious anti-science fanatics. TBQH I am far past caring. Anything I might hypothesize about Benni's motivations would be speculative What's the answer, Benni? Has nothing to do with entropy.

Has to do with you claiming to be able to "solve differential equations. Now "solve" it. Or admit you lied. This is simple stuff. Simple mechanics. Invented in the nineteenth century and taught to every physics student in their freshmen year. You either got it or you don't, and Benni, you don't.

Your claim to be any kind of engineer is obviously false. You aren't even qualified to be a technician. Well, you certainly didn't. I think you mean Torbjorn. But I was referring to the 3d data release from Planck. It is robust: two independent ways CMB area and polarization integrate all cosmological data, including the tension in the local Hubble velocity, and distinguish the type of inflation slow roll.

And yes, stochastic mechanisms is a large part of the mechanical process - but for sure we can now see that no magical activity 'gods' has ever or will ever be part of nature. Yes I understand the results you were discussing. To the best of my limited capacity. I certainly have no argument with such verifiable empirical results.

Or even with the conclusions drawn from such research. Makes the technology sing. Just as using terms such as Black Holes or metamaterials are placeholders for phenomena we do not yet have more precise definitions. So I use the term Coyote Trickster Goddess as a temporary placeholder for the yet inexplicable "Why" this Universe is such a mucked-up mess. Yes, your mechanistic physics actually works. At this time in Time. Please correct me if I am misinterpreting the known facts. I do not accept the reality of the supernatural nor religious dogmas, Thus I am a materialist-atheist.

As a satirist I am a devotee of Coyote. Must be awful being benni. So frustrated that the world has gone insane and is completely oblivious to the truths only they and a few other enlightened ones know. To be trapped in a world of obfuscation and lies, so that the evil egotistical "popular scientists" can roll around in their glory and opulent lives full of riches and carnal pleasures at the expense of the public's ignorance of the universe.

Oh how the tyranny of the establishment would fall if only people knew black holes were a lie. Just step back for a second benni and look at the global social structure, across many diverse and competing groups, that it would require for your position to be true. Either some crazy large percentage of scientists are just wrong and you are right , or all the institutions, including all the admin and all the industries that support the various involved fields are engaged in a systematic international effort to lie to the public of all people Wducks, They don't necessarily create them when they are an active star.

When stars go nova and supernova they produce heavier elements.

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Via additional heat and compression shock, to name just a couple A star's "remnants" are what make up planets and comets and asteroids. Turning, "All the world's a stage I said it before and I'll say it again. You need to revise your understanding of "entropy" Whyde, don't forget that after GW , they found evidence gamma ray spectroscopy that a lot of heavy elements that is, higher atomic mass and number than iron got created during the neutron star merger and they're now spreading into a nebula.

One of the problems with the hypothesis that heavy elements get created in supernovae is that, actually, they don't seem to be. Most of what gets created seems to be elements lighter than iron, which is not surprising as iron is at the bottom of the packing fraction curve. There was an article on here after GW about this. It specifically mentioned gold, but that was just for clickbait.

Have I made insinuations about you with regard to your personality, your character, and your obvious egocentricity by which you seem to reflect poorly on those with whom you disagree? Where did you come from? How long have you been commenting on these physorg phorums? Are you someone's sock poopie or do you just fall in line with those whom you believe to be popular due to their 5 ratings?

Personally, I couldn't care less - so that I will not also tell you to "say whatever you like; I simply wonder why you do so". As I am a Creationist, not a theologist - your mischaracterization of me or your attempt thereof, is of no concern to me. There was an article on here after I wasn't inferring that all heavier elements are created via star death events. It does make sense that higher atomic elements than iron might be a result of a different process Explain "fraction packing curve" And what makes you think they are anti-science? Do you honestly think that anti-science fanatics would spend a lot of their time in a science website if they did not like or were against science?

The packing fraction curve describes the mass defect fraction that each nuclide has. This is the difference between the atomic mass and the mass of an equivalent number of free neutrons and protons, divided by the atomic mass. The "curve" part comes in because it turns out that this decreases from hydrogen to iron, then starts increasing again beyond iron so it forms a curve across the elements with iron at the bottom. Both fission and fusion take advantage of it; in fusion light elements get fused to heavier elements and the change in packing fraction is released as energy.

In fission, very heavy elements split into lighter ones and the change in packing fraction is, again, released as energy. Once everything gets down to iron, there's no more energy deficit left so you can't get nuclear energy out of iron. Does that help? I have yet to see a Phys. You can disagree with anyone in this site, but it is always much friendlier and less hostile to explain your own stance as to your reason s for your disagreement. There are many here who are learning - I am learning as a scholar and interested observer - and some are a bit more advanced in the learning curve.

So to pretend to know everything and that no errors could have been made is foolish. It did, thanks As another " simply interested observer", methinks you should give the "pretending to know it all" speech to Benni He has mentioned knowing "Differential Equations" and also that he is involved in a science lab - as well as having received a good education in the sciences. Who am I to judge Benni? And who are YOU or anyone else to judge Benni? He doesn't use foul language as jonesy does, habitually it seems. He doesn't troll anyone as Da Schneibo does- to a fault. If Benni is onto something where he works, such as a possible big scientific breakthrough - it would be expected that he would have to be tightlipped about it.

Science is like that. On the verge of a possible great discovery in your line of work - however much you would like to brag about it - you can't. And Benni has an amazing amount of patience with the fools that he encounters in these comment phorums. While they are behaving like bullies in the schoolyard, Benni is behaving as the adult trying to rein in the kindergarten loudmouths.

However, I consider the source. My students did have a running joke whereby they all would run to the back of the classroom and open all the windows because my ego was using up all the oxygen. I always thought it was hilarious. I'm not about to tell you where I came from, or my present location.

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I've been here for years. It's been years since my last posts. I've said before I'm no one's sock puppet. I'm no one's follower. If I gave my name, you would know it if you're really a scientist. That's why I don't ever use it. If you couldn't care less, why are you responding? Theologist, creationist young earth? Not very polite, but, then, you're not.

You don't know Jack about physics. Still waiting for Benni to solve this. Run away and hide again, Benni. Yep, move along, nothing to see here. Benni I never said one damn thing about an "eternal neutron" -- I said its decay was probabilistic, with decay time following an exponential probability density function.

Do you even know what that means? Because neutron decay is probabilistic, there is no certainty that any given neutron will ever decay but it most likely will. You don't know until it decays. There's a great deal of observational evidence for black holes, just none of it direct, because guess what? Can you see the air?

There's still lots of indirect observational evidence for it, like trees swaying, breathing -- you know, simple stuff. And accretion disks for black holes, stars in really wild orbits around something that ain't there, wobbles in gravity gravitational waves -- you know, simple stuff, easy to understand. Yesterday, I could not see A little man who spoke to me Can you see me?

You'll have to forgive Benni. He suffers terribly from stupid disease. He thinks neutron decay has something to do with neutron stars and black holes. We keep telling him that this is due to the Pauli Exclusion Principle. In other words, neutron degeneracy. The poor suffering fool thinks that if he shows that all neutrons decay at What can one do?

Should one really be poking fun at somebody with stupid disease? Pointless trying to educate the poor fool. The packing fraction in nucleon mass's As in the energy of mass difference in energy release of neutrons what is this the packing fraction as it applies to nucleons in reaction that release the energy the packing fraction is higher in neutrons even though the decay after emission even though the neutrons carry energy away we have to get this the packing fraction curve in proportion proportionally correct in its proportion of mass to the individual protons and individual neutrons as this is where Differential calculus comes to bare it separates the packing fractions into fractional mass's within the nucleus so Observicist Have we a Mathematician in this House.

Okay, so what do your "Immutable laws of physics" say about the massive gravitational anomaly at the center of our galaxy? There are no nuclear physics textbooks used in college classrooms which discuss the Oh, I know, the next thing you'll be tempted to say is you have such a textbook from college, right? Our Milkycurve What is this galactic Hole we speak when contemplating galactic Holes one cannot discard observational data as the latest data is galactic curves in rotational forcing it cannot be discarded as crackpot because at our galactic centre of mass data purports four million solar mass's in tight formation where surrounding this Hole is a multi light year accretion disc even though in our Milkycurve hide nor hair of this multi light year accretion disc is visible come to that neither is this gamma-ray emitting matter falling into this light radius we can accept up to this light radius is invisible but beyond, all in falling gamma-ray emitting matter is visible so as we cannot see hide nor hair of this mullti light year accretion disc nor hide nor hair of this multi light year accretion discs infilling matter at only 25,Lyrs It's time to pause for thought.

It is taught as an academic discipline, typically in universities and seminaries. While theology has turned into a secular field, religious adherents still consider theology to be a discipline that helps them live and understand concepts such as life and love and that You and many others are simply not in a position to understand fully the uniqueness of the human homo sapiens existence as a sentient being. As jonesdave has professed his preference of having been descended from an apelike ancestor, rather than from a created fully-formed human, where the only reason for a relationship with animals was the DNA that had been dropped into the clay from which the first humans were formed - that is jonesy' choice.

If you felt insulted by my mentioning that you would pay - clearly you have no idea how the Creator God feels also by what you say. The immortal Souls of all those who blaspheme against the Creator will pay for their sin s. By the way, it was rrwillsj who had changed your user name to "obscurerist". I am only imitating.

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SEU I never once asked anyone to stop saying whatever they wanted to say -- I just wondered why they said what they did, and why people ignorant of science feel competent to challenge the practitioners thereof. Challenge all you like, even if you're not competent to do so which is obvious ; I just wonder why you do so. No, I have no elementary textbooks that talk about neutron decay. My elementary training was not in nuclear physics; I got that in graduate school at the PhD level. Please forgive my mistake.

What you call me makes no difference to me -- I actually think "obscurerist" is rather funny, and something of a compliment. I was not copying Da Schneib, by the way; what I write is my own. I'm proud to be a member of a species that evolved from primitive apes.

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In fact, I think it's wonderful. Please -- this is a request, mind you -- stop with the theology. It's boring. If I have a soul, you're not competent to judge where it ends up, whatever you think. It is also the standard by which grand juries issue criminal indictments. The principle behind the standard is to limit the power of authorities to perform random or abusive searches unlawful search and seizure , and to promote lawful evidence gathering and procedural The context of the word probable here is not exclusive to community standards, and could partially derive from its use in formal mathematical statistics as some have suggested;[2] but cf.

It is too inexplicit. Well, some of us anyway. Oh, by the way: There are no nuclear physics textbooks in college that discuss the s life of Neutron Beta Decay The textbooks do not discuss Obfuscation's point about an indeterminate probability. Whether it's coming from our supermassive black hole, or from something else, is yet unknown.

We'll figure it out, though. I have great faith in human intelligence. I try not to despair over human stupidity, but you know what they say -- against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Milky Way is not the only galaxy with a central supermassive black hole, by the way -- most galaxies have them some have two , and we look at them, too.

Some of them are quasars, some are blazars, and some have inactive galactic nuclei. Inactive galactic nuclei don't have accretion disks because no gas, dust, or other matter are close enough to get sucked down towards a black hole is always down. Don't feel left out; Milky Way does have a regulation, general issue, standard, supermassive black hole.

We are not bereft. We even have some pulsars and magnetars one of those zapped us in -- we lost some stratosphere. SEU Please -- this is a request, mind you -- stop with the theology. I haven't noticed any request from you to jonesy to stop his foul language diatribes against some of the commenters in these physorg phorums.

And yet, you talk of theology where I, personally, have not mentioned anything that is based on theology, particularly since theology encompasses many religions, beliefs, doctrines, dogma, and religious practices of which I have no knowledge. It is the science of the Creation itself and what came afterward.

That you are unaware of it is irrelevant to me, just as your "probability" is meaningless to those of us who disagree with such a faerie tale made into science fact. I will continue to express my thoughts on Creationism, mind you, and you will continue to express yours. When data are denied, reality is denied. Good luck with that. Benni SEU I'm plain as day about neutron decay -- it can't be predicted with certainty because it's probabilistic. You just can't understand me. The universe is built on probability. I'm getting the definite impression both of you have neither the vaguest understanding of probability theory, nor how it applies to the quantum world.

If the first is true, so is the second, and I think the first is true. It sure looks like it. You don't even understand what a memoryless distribution is, and what the only two distributions are that qualify as such. You don't understand mean, variance, standard deviation, the difference between a density function and a probability distribution, how the Gaussian distribution applies to everything, the t-distribution, or anything else about probability theory, yet you talk about neutron decay.

I'm almost certainly contending in vain, here they called me "the probability god" in graduate school. Challenge all you like, even if you're not competent to do so which is obvious ; I just wonder why you do so First, you say that you "never once asked anyone to stop saying whatever they wanted to say". Then, in the same post - you say "stop with the theology". Smacks of a fair bit of egocentricity on your part, or are you just being ambivalent? Competency is learnt and, as a mere scholar and interested observer - my future competency is assured. Is your future competency likewise assured?

Guessing games, no matter how you wish to define it - is not Science. What is the probability that the USA and Russia will get into a shooting war with each other? If a war with Russia happens, what is the probability of the outcome, of who wins and who loses? What is the probability in numbers that half more or less of the American population will die in this war?

The same with the Russian population - how many will die or live?

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What is the probability of a sinkhole opening up under your house or your neighbor's house? Try to guess. Any certainty? SEU So-called "foul language" doesn't bother me -- I often use language that makes sailors blush. Would you like me to do so? Your theology on this site bothers me because you have nothing with which to back it. There are no data behind it -- none.

It cannot be falsified. It can't be proven or disproven. Back it with data, and I'll welcome it -- data, not arguments only. Theology on a science site is a waste of computer memory and network bandwidth which, while inexpensive, are not free. It's a waste of everyone's time who'd rather discuss science without metric tons of theological pollution yes, it's theology in between posts containing questions and answers. Some people don't know this science and want more information; others have information to share.

That's the real purpose of a site like this, whatever is or isn't allowed. I'm asking you to stop, mind you. I would never even try to make you stop if I could -- I can't , though free speech does not apply here. SEU, Benni, and Grandville live in a deterministic universe. And unfortunately a Physics education if that. I'm plain as day about neutron decay -- it can't be predicted with certainty because it's probabilistic. I understand you "plain as day", that's why as you keep digging deeper you are also piling higher, and that's ALL that Phd of yours is translating into.

It is also the reason why the nuclear physicists who do those lifetime measurements know how long to keep the gate from the reactor tunnel to the Proton Trap open. Benni Thanks for the laughs. You are clearly a moron. Benni It's clear you have never studied Quantum Mechanics. I wonder if you think electrons orbit a nucleus analogous to a solar system. SEU Benni Granville I've known the mean time to decay of free neutrons was in the realm of 12 to 17 minutes since I was age twelve they didn't have it pinned down any closer than that at that time , and that it was a probabilistic quantum event, and I knew what that meant.

Hence my assumption that that knowledge was in introductory textbooks on the subject. SEU, "Stop the theology" is a request and a reasonable one, this being a science site , because I have no authority to enforce it, which everyone knows, and wouldn't if I did. I figured that was obvious.

SEU, I'm not the one telling people they are going to pay for the "sin" of insulting the so-called "Creator God. Although, it might be fun to see you try. I doubt you will. As you inhabit this virtual phys. Benni And when I call you a moron. It's not being mean or insulting. It's the truth. If the truth hurts your feelings then that is something you need to deal with. SEU you are a moron too. Granville you are a moron too. SEU I don't need any future competency; my past competency is, however, well accepted.

Your religious beliefs are just as man-made as anyone's -- by you I'm assuming you're human, although some of what you have posted makes me wonder if you think you're human -- stuff about a League of Planets, etc -- and that maybe you should take a trip to your local mental health center -- there are some very nice people there who will help you clear your head. Please stop saying they are not and they are, indeed, religious beliefs. Please talk about science, and not about your god. This is getting more and more fun. And when I call you a moron.

This isn't anything esoteric, it's basic mechanics taught in Physics That looks French. And my French teacher had narcolepsy she kept dozing off on her feet in front of the classroom. SO I didn't learn as much French as I should have Or maybe it's Dutch, which I didn't have a class in, at all You should see if shroedinger is available for a date.

It's basic mechanics. And you can't solve it. You lied, Benni. What is it? If you use d you are using Minkowski. Benni When did I try to fake knowing how to solve differential equations? I haven't mentioned them at all. I have said I know how to solve for probabilities associated with exponential decay, such as that associated with free neutrons, and how to find the probability of a given number of them decaying in a given span of time, and that's pretty much all I've said, except for some not overly extremely rude invective against you and a couple others.

Respectfully, with respect to and respecting differential equations, you got asked, first, so how about you solve, first? Perhaps that's not fair, given the pile of well-read and well-thumbed DiffEq texts I can see in my bookshelf from where I'm sitting, but, well, sometimes life just isn't fair. I like to keep my references close, just in case I get an idea. Thinking is fun -- it keeps me young well, actually, it doesn't, because I'm not, but I like to pretend -- it makes my wife laugh.

I'm the eternal optimist. Benni The bet's off -- Da Schneib did it for you.

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You could, if you really want to, answer all those questions about probability theory I asked a while ago about mean, variance, standard deviation, memoryless distributions, etc. I did ask first, after all. You can add transforms -- what, when, why, how, where, who -- to my list of questions about probability theory, if you like. You probably don't. Pun intended. And we are talking about quantum mechanics, at least in part.

A spider wanders aimlessly within the warmth of a shadow Not the regal creature of border caves But the puir misguided directionless familiar Of some obscure Scottish poet. I figured I'd give it a few days to try to figure it out. If Benni were any normal person it would admit it lied. It's not a normal person; it's a psychotic. It denies mathematics and astrophysical data. Denying math and data is psychotic. It was first written down by d'Alembert. For that reason it is often known as the d'Alembert equation.

Da Schneib, Do you think Benni will remember this helpful instruction of yours? Thereby proving to few and sundry he can solve differential equations. It's simply the equation to find the amplitude of a wave at some distance or radius from the measured wave at a particular point. Nice simple classical mechanics. Nothing difficult or esoteric. I'll be happy to post some PDEs concerning thermodynamics if you like. I don't think it is capable of instruction; it doesn't seem to understand probability or fractions, and claims to understand differential equations without demonstrating the capability to figure out what they're saying.

I have personally seen it claim to be a nuclear engineer without any sign of the skills needed for graduation from this curriculum. I have personally seen it claim to be capable of "solving" PDEs without any apparent understanding of what they mean or where they fit into physics. I don't think there's anything to do but mock and ridicule it. I wouldn't if it didn't lie about what I say, as well as lying about what anyone else says that mocks its psychotic ideation. You have been subject to these lies and you know what I'm saying.

Feb 06, Try to imagine this troll lying about what you said and misrepresenting physics for a few years and see if you might feel like I do. This is basic thermodynamics; if you can't explain it you're not qualified to talk about thermodynamics. You have a lot of nerve talking as though you were some big shot on this website. And what do you mean by "free speech doesn't apply here"? When did you transition into Captain Beelzebub. Your words are good imitations of that fool. There is plenty of data - but an idiot like you and Da Schithead will never be allowed to share in that knowledge.

So bugger off - you twat. So, the only question remaining is whether you're just another psychotic or a sock puppet of Benni's. These fanatics make up their pretentions assuming they're not talking anyone who knows enough to make them look foolish. Bring it YEC fool. Or perhaps obscurista and Da Schnot are the same person - where Da Schithead gets to toot his own horn while using this obscure fellow as his wingman - like Abbot and Costello, for example.

Yes, that seems quite right. Or perhaps SEU and Benni are the same person.

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  7. Both of whom are YEC nutjobs who are off their medication. Yet more evidence they're sock puppets. Thinking maybe you shouldn't have opened that particular box, dumbshit? Not to mention the one where you claimed to be an alien mindreader. He said that he knew it at age 12, of the decay of Free Neutrons being at 12 - 17 minutes that is supposedly "deterministic".

    So, they are actually waiting for each Free Neutron to become a Proton before they can determine how long it takes to do so. Total bollocks. Ummm, where they got the half-life from? You know, by measuring it and stuff, which is called "data," which you are denying. Duhhh ummmm. This is easy; YECs are dumbshits. And now he makes haste to get all of his strange ideas into the comment box as fast as his pudgy fingers can type his foolishness - to impress the great Captain Beelzebub who is looking on - waiting to see what else is being said.

    If it's true you'd already know the answer. You're a nutjob, dumbshit. Who is this fathead bozo talking to? And why is it putting up that equation? Doesn't it know the answer? Methinks there is some question into this fathead bozo's mental mischief that causes it to put up strange symbols, while insisting that someone knows the answer.

    What, no answer dumbshit? I win. YEC trolls are so easy. And now Da Schithead is claiming to have won. A booby prize, I would imagine. Crazy people who talk to themselves and claiming to win a booby prize. Wow, SNL couldn't be funnier than this. You can't say what the equation is. You lose, which is what luser YECs do. I'm listening to "Lunatic Fringe" by Red Rider. It seems quite appropriate. AND he reiterates winning the booby prize. What a loser. Then post the "solution" to the DE, dumbshit.

    We're all here watching you, lunatic fringe. We're on guard this time against your final solution. Did you know that before Nixon got elected, more Republicans were in favor of abortions than Democrats? Look it up, lunatic fringe. Oh noooooo - how it's talking about a "final solution". What can it mean? A concentration camp? And also talking about abortions. Perhaps Da Schithead believes in Eugenics? They're sadistic psychotic murderers. Sorry what your fellow psychotic sadistic murderers post upsets you, dumbshit. Maybe if you don't want to see yourself pilloried any more you should leave.

    I got plenty more; neither of those links took me more than a minute to find. Bring it. Bye now, luser. Ho hum How positively boring. Going for a spot of good hot tea and take the dog for a walk. I've named the ground where the dog poops and pees after Da Schneibo.

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    So I tell the dog to go poop on Da Schneibo - and he does it. Good dog. This dumbshit thinks it's OK to beat a little kid up and bury him in the snow to die. See a professional. Get medication. Take it. Don't beat up little kids and bury them in the snow any more, dumbshit. Listening to Rush, "Jacob's Ladder. It sucks that there are murdering psychotic YECs like you. If there were actually a god you'd all die in agony.

    Da Schneib, I rather do have a bit of a feeling for how you feel, although I can't say it is as intense as what you're dealing with. You have my sympathies. I've been watching for years, but I haven't had it directed at me. I felt I had no choice but to jump in when the nonsense about mean lifetime and half-life and associated absolute dreck started coming from people who either should know better or should know when to shut up and listen.

    I do want you to know one thing: SEU has it wrong about me. I've got quite a ways to go before I make Captain.

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    Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine—and what he will become is far stranger. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war.

    Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding. Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show.

    The stakes are high for this new game, and everyone is forced to compete. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny—they must sing. And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds.

    Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization.

    Then the virus hit…. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. But in so doing, he leaves behind his devoted wife, Lenka, whose love, he realizes too late, he has sacrificed on the altar of his ambitions. Over philosophical conversations about the nature of love, life and death, and the deliciousness of bacon, the pair form an intense and emotional bond.

    Will it be enough to see Jakub through a clash with secret Russian rivals and return him safely to Earth for a second chance with Lenka? While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion.

    She is told she is their salvation—the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it? Humans, aliens, and modified humans gather at the University of All Worlds in search of knowledge…and self-knowledge…but the first bomb has fallen and the fate of this multicultural, multispecies mecca is in question.

    Some people will seek solace in physical contact, some will look for spiritual answers, while others will find their strength in community, family, and love. Some will rush home to make love to their wife. Or wives. Or husbands. Others will be forced to decide where they stand—what is worth fighting for, or maybe even worth dying for. Records of the past have been destroyed, and citizens are strictly monitored. But an official observer from Earth named Sutty has learned of a group of outcasts who live in the wilderness. They still believe in the ancient ways and still practice its lost religion—the Telling.

    This series was pitched to me as a teen Fast and Furious set in space, and they were not lying. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

    For generations, the Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. But no training will protect Jos in a war where every hope might be a deadly lie, and every friendship might hide a lethal betrayal. And all the while he will face the most grueling trial of his life…becoming his own man. Sure, he has extensive agency training, access to bleeding-edge technology, and a ready supply of clever to him quips and retorts.

    While he tries to make the most of his exile, two passengers are found dead, and Kangaroo has to risk blowing his cover. A new interplanetary conflict would be devastating for both sides.