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Dr. John Lambshead is a retired senior research scientist in marine biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London. He writes military history and designs computer and fantasy games.  He is the author of swashbuckling fantasy Lucy’s Blade, contemporary urban fantasy Wolf in Shadow, and coauthor, with nationally best-selling author David Drake, of the science fiction Citizen series, including Into the Hinterlands and Into the Maelstrom, in which universe this story takes place.


When the Lion Feeds

by John Lambshead

Lady Trouble, that was how Hawthorn always remembered her.

The Kit Kat Klub was the sort of place considered sophisticated by the sort of people who considered themselves sophisticated. Anything unchromed was plastered in plushly padded leather in a particularly repellent shade of purple.

In one corner a female singer in a shimmering dress slashed so low that you could see her fundamentals crooned about the evils of wealth. Behind her three bored looking young men in evening dress variously beat, blew and stroked musical instruments as if they were filling in time while waiting for the main feature.

Hawthorn lost a little money and won a little in return on the gaming tables while waiting for a contact who never arrived. The enigmatic message that had brought him to this den of lethargy was a bust. He finished his drink and disposed of his glass onto a tray carried in an overhead grip by a waitress in a spangled leotard.

Then she walked in.

Walk is a simple verb implying one foot placed in front of the other in steady sequence. Such a definition did not even begin to adequately describe her progress. She glided across the room on heels higher than the mark up on the club’s drinks.

Hawthorn watched her, not something that caused him undue pain. Hair fashionably styled in sea-green waves flowed over her bare shoulders matching the color she had chosen for eyes nestling deep within the maroon mask perched on her nose.

She slowed when she reached the roulette wheel. Spectators moved aside—but she hesitated before taking a place at the table. Although she might have seemed serene to the unobservant, Hawthorn noticed an infinitesimal tremble when she placed a handful of coins on spin-positive. A spin bet gave only a one third chance of a win, less the House’s zero, worse than the fifty-fifty of even-odd but better than the one fifth chance of a color and much, much better than the probability of choosing a number.

“No more bets.”


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Tedd Roberts (pseudonym) is a neuroscientist who studies the effects of drugs and disease on memory and cognition. His research ranges from rodents to humans, from amnesia to epilepsy, and from brain injury to restoration via "neural prosthetics." Dr. Roberts writes short fiction as well as nonfiction/science articles for the SF/F community. His other articles for Baen Books are available in the Baen Free Library at http://www.baenebooks.com/c-1-free-library.aspx, Free Nonfiction 2012, 2013, 2014.



A Translunar Laboratory . . . Hurrah!

by Tedd Roberts

One of the great “perks” of being a scientist and a science fiction fan is meeting other scientist-fans from fields other than my narrow research specialty. Sometimes, we even get to discuss the type of science that turns SF into reality. Thus I found myself invited to the Second Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW) held in Huntsville, AL, in February of 2013. I was invited by workshop organizer Les Johnson -- himself a scientist-writer for Baen. I had been invited to supply some biology-based insight into discussions of how to make the dream of interstellar exploration come true.

For my first foray into that realm, I was not entirely sure what I had to offer. However, in a panel discussion of projects that we (humanity) should target for the next 5-10 years, I mentioned the need for a biomedical research laboratory to investigate questions that have been unanswered or only partially answered by the limited experimental space in the Space Shuttle payload bay or in the International Space Station (ISS). To my surprise, the idea was well received, and I was given the charge to report back to the Third TVIW with a more complete description of that proposed laboratory.

Apollo Astronaut David Scott is reported to have said "There's nothing like a little science ... on the moon." One of the problems with the biomedical science conducted across 50 years of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Shuttle and ISS has been that it is indeed “little science.” By this, I mean that the science is conducted under very limited conditions, limited space, limited numbers, and with only small organisms (bacteria, plants, fruit flies, mice, etc.). To change that would require a dedicated laboratory with space for larger numbers of animals, larger animals, and capable of answering the “big questions” of human spaceflight. Thus, in November of 2014, at the Third TVIW in Oak Ridge, TN, I reported to the assembled group of scientists, engineers and writers with a talk entitled "There's Nothing Like a Little (Biomedical) Science ... in Space!"

The outer space environment is hazardous to multicellular life. Planet-bound life evolves in an envelope of pressurized gases, with a constant force of gravity that always points in the same direction, and with protection from solar and cosmic radiation by virtue of a deep atmosphere and planetary magnetic field. Hence, two of the biggest problems that face astronauts are microgravity and radiation. The problem with collecting experimental data on Earth is countering the constant 1g gravity field on Earth's surface and artificially producing the types of radiation encountered in space. In the ISS, we do collect plenty of data on physiological effects of microgravity, but at the same time, ISS space limitations rule-out generating an environment to determine whether spin- or acceleration-induced artificial gravity will counter those effects. At the same time, the ISS is in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) at just over 400 km altitude and just not exposed to the full extent of radiation that will be encountered on the Moon, on Mars, or anywhere else in or out of the Solar System.

So ... what do we need to study, and how do we go about building appropriate laboratory facilities to do those experiments?


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