Satspotting Adventures: Why Are Different Orbits Needed for Satellites?

Congratulations: perhaps you’re a new space-faring nation, looking to place a shiny new payload around the planet Earth. You’ve assembled the technical know-how, and seek to break the surly bonds and join an exclusive club that thus far, only contains 14 nations capable of indigenous spaceflight. Now for the big… »4/04/15 2:15pm4/04/15 2:15pm

The Poynting-Robertson Effect forces things to fall into the sun

The sun's light feels pretty good, doesn't it? Fool! That warming light is the sun's method of destroying you. Using its light, it is slowly forcing you to fall inwards, where you will burn. Burn! This trap is the result of the Poynting-Robertson Effect, which causes all the objects in the solar system, especially the… »1/17/13 10:40am1/17/13 10:40am

The Future Of Short Fiction Publishing: Pay Per Story?

The iPad and other devices may have revolutionized the short story publishing market, judging from a new announcement by Orbit Books. The genre publisher, whose authors include Iain M. Banks and Gail Carriger, is going to start publishing its authors's short fiction electronically — but Orbit's not going the Tor… »4/15/10 8:00pm4/15/10 8:00pm

How much do graphic novels and science fiction overlap?
How much do graphic novels and science fiction overlap? Apparently, enough for publishing giant Hachette Group to fold its graphic novel imprint, Yen, into its science fiction imprint, Orbit. The resulting fusion will be known as Orbit, and will be run by Orbit founder Tim Holman. Neither label will shrink, and in… »10/24/08 4:00pm10/24/08 4:00pm