Web Recommendation: Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain
Article: Sustainability in Uncertainty, by T. D. Raufson
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Perseverance Landing: Touchdown!
Congratulations to NASA on another great rover landing on Mars. Perseverance arrived safely on the Red Planet on February 18, 2021.
I am so proud of NASA for this latest success, especially under the crazy conditions that we have all had to adapt to over the past year. Even with the new COVID-19 protocols in 2020, they were still able to get the rover ready for the scheduled launch date, and they succeeded in landing it under the same conditions. You didn't let the virus stop you, and you are all awesome.
I watched Curiosity land in 2012 as I was in throes of writing my first novel, 20 Million Leagues Over the Sea. Now, as Perseverance lands, I'm in the middle of writing the last novel in the series! So it's a cool moment for me.
Want to follow the Perseverance Mission? You can check out the rover's progress as it searches for signs of ancient life on the NASA web site here. From this page, you can view raw images, check out rover specifications, and read about the team that made it happen.
Still curious about Curiosity? She's very active in her, get this, second extended mission. You can check in on her here.
All current Mars mission updates can be found here.
Women's History Month
Happy Women's History Month! There's plenty of history being made now, especially with Women in Space, a favorite topic of discussion in The Nemo Paradox. Check out this article on NASA's web page that celebrates our ladies in space exploration.
Almost Human Promo: Free Books March 1 - 31
K. T. Hunter has joined her first BookFunnel promo! Get your clickers ready to pick up free ebooks starring aliens, cyborgs, mutants, and androids! From March 1 - March 31st, 2021, download a selection of free science fiction tales via BookFunnel, including a free copy of 20 Million Leagues Over the Sea! Click the "Almost Human" banner above to access the list. Books will be available for download through March 31. Discover some great new authors in March!
O, it is excellent To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous To use it like a giant.
The Nemo Paradox series is based on older books by other authors, but legally I'm allowed to use these stories because they are in the public domain. What does "public domain" mean?
Simply put, items in the public domain are creative works that do not belong to any individual or organization as intellectual property. It can get more complex than that, but basically works with expired copyrights or works that never had a copyright under law fall within the public domain. Such works may be used by anyone for any purpose without violating copyright law. Copyright laws differ from country to country, so a particular work might be in the public domain in one country but still under copyright in another.
Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain focuses on the study of the definition of public domain and how items in that domain can be used. According to their website, their mission is to "promote research and scholarship on the contributions of the public domain to speech, culture, science and innovation, to promote debate about the balance needed in our intellectual property system and to translate academic research into public policy solutions."
The site has links to lecture videos that discuss copyrights, intellectual property, and fair use. Every year they publish a list of the works entering the public domain in the U. S. as the calendar page turns, so be sure to visit every January!
From the desk of T. D. Raufson
Sustainability in Uncertainty
Our man T. D. Raufson doesn't just write fantasy! He also writes about personal sustainability. He just released the first in a series of articles on that topic on our blog. It's a bit too long for the newsletter, but you can read the entire article here.
Here's a preview:
Tomorrow, the pattern we are all comfortable with could be disrupted. Be it weather or some other factor, what is normal may not be for a while. What can help you deal with this situation is your Individual Sustainability.
A friend reached out to me as so many people were dealing with the weather this winter and asked for my opinion about a kit for surviving during an emergency. I practice many skills to help me be sustainable and some of them align with survival and self-reliance. I consider what I do “being prepared” because I was taught to be prepared my whole life. I was taught a mindset. Her question inspired me to write this post. She reminded me that, at the foundation of my ability to sustain myself were all of these skills and tools, but girding these tools was that mindset of fundamental readiness.
You can read the entire article here on the blog at twincedarsranch.com
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K. T. Hunter's Books
The Nemo Paradox
Book 1: 20 Million Leagues Over the Sea
Go on a steampunk adventure! A combined sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas and The War of the Worlds. Join the crew of the Thunder Child's Fury as they take the fight back to Mars.
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