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How amazing is this? Russian cosmonauts have discovered living organisms clinging to the windows of the International Space Station:


Click the image to see the News.mic article.

Of course, one other little fella has also been proven to survive the harsh conditions of space: the heroic Tardigrade!



Want more evidence that creatures can survive in less-than-Earthly conditions? How about the recent discovery of a complex microbial ecosystem far beneath the Antarctic ice?

So: Creatures can live deep below the ice in the coldest place on Earth. They can live in the violent conditions of space. What else is thriving in the distant reaches of the Solar System? Let's find out!

Speaking of space aliens, I turned in my new story, "Orpheus' Engines," to the editor of Mission Tomorrow: A New Century Of Exploration, which comes out in the fall of 2015 from Baen Books. This story is the second in a series set in the "Jupiter Whispers" universe, but with some major updates to the characters and environment. Ultimately, this'll become a novel, after another story or two.

Chris

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scarlettina
Aug. 25th, 2014 01:07 pm (UTC)
ALl of this is fascinating, Chris, but the best of all is the news of the story sale--congratulations!
mckitterick
Aug. 25th, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Janna! And congrats on the new Kobold Guide! I'm glad things seem to be going a little better for you lately, despite Internet Trolls™.
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