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Latest Issue of The WOD

The WOD (weavers of dreams) is the premier magazine for pop culture in the Southwestern United States.  ConNotations Newszine is no longer printed separately, but is an insert into the middle of The WOD.  Here is a link to read this awesome publication for free:

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I have several stories in this month’s edition, including:  1) an interview with Toni Darling, beautiful, nice, athletic and vivacious, she tells about her life as a model and cosplayer; 2) part two of my sci-fi serial story – The Drifter; 3) the History of Superman, in honor of the 75th Anniversary this year of the comic superhero; 4) the Politics of Superman, a brief essay on the socio-political slant of the man of steel; 5) and two book reviews, one on Conspiracy of Alchemists the other on After Earth.

Toni Darling

Toni Darling

Toni Darling

Toni Darling

Also in this issue are stories and columns by my great friends Hal Astell, Sean Ellis, Alfred Trujillo and Cara Nicole.  Don’t miss out on this exciting issue when they cost is – ZERO.

Cara Nicole (AZ Powergirl) and Alfred Trujillo

Cara Nicole (AZ Powergirl) and Alfred Trujillo

You might also want to look at some of the advertisements.  There is a particularly good one for The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship and for Twisted Nightmares.  Both only 99 cents RIGHT NOW on Kindle!!!!

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Latest Issue of The WOD Magazine

Get your online copy free here:

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Yours truly has a serial short story, movie reviews and other things in there this month.

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Toni Darling Interviewed On KWOD Radio

I am glad to have helped setup the interview between Patti Hulstrand, great friend and Editor of The Wod, ConNotations Newszine, and KWOD Radio (all of which I contribute writing to) and Toni Darling, known for Lady Thor, Lady Death, Halibel, and other cosplay roles.

Here is the radio interview:


Hailing from the Empire State, Toni Darling busted into the scene at the Zombie Bikini Contest in downtown Mesa, AZ in January of 2012. Without any fear, she dressed up as a cowgirl zombie and with that she paved a path of her own in the local geek community.

From the California conventions to the Arizona convention scenes, you have most likely caught a glimpse of this striking beauty always working it in front of the video camera. Toni is a hard working lady who enjoys helping the art world through her passion for cosplay.

She has promoted Kipsworld, Knightingail Comics, and Paolo Parente’s Dust through cosplay, most recently doing a cross-play of Thor and Lady Death. Along with her beauty, fun personality, and intelligence, her ambition has propelled her to the forefront of the geek community.

Pictures of Toni Darling:

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Dark Matter

This is republished from my Science Column in ConNotations Newszine, where I am a staff writer.  I also write book and movie reviews and other non-fiction for the magazine.  My science column is directed at convention fanboys and fangirls that were not self-punishing enough to get three science degrees like myself, but want to be able to understand complicated topics, like dark matter, string theory, teleportation, where the universe came from, astro-physics, the God Particle, and other issues.  My attempt with each short column is to explain a concept in layman’s terms.  This is on Dark Matter.  The photos were added for this web edition.

Is Space Empty or Full? 

by Michael Bradley

 Most have heard the term “dark matter” but what does it mean?  We look up at the night sky and we notice the stars, constellations, galaxies and heavenly bodies.  Unconsciously, we might also notice everything else – the black portion.  It is human nature to assume that the black portion represents nothingness, and emptiness broken up in its expanse only by those objects we can see.  For the known history of mankind, everyone would have accepted that as truth, until less than one hundred years ago.

As humans, we know and experience our reality through senses; smell, touch, sight, hearing, temperature, etc.  If we cannot sense something, it is often overlooked or missed by our minds.  In physics and astronomy the same is true.  We “see” the sky at night through two major lenses, one is the light emitted by heavenly bodies, and the second is the radiation and radio wave emissions from the sky.  We can observe the lights and the radiations and draw theories to understand them.

Based on the movement of the lights, we learned through observation that the planets rotate, that the Earth moves around the Sun, that we are in a galaxy called the Milky Way, that their are other galaxies, and many helpful facts.  The universe appears to be expanding, which also leads to the Big Bang Theory, calculations of time and so forth.

In the 1880s, Christian Doppler discovered the Doppler Effect, in which sound and light waves are compressed to different frequencies by the motion of mass.  For instance, a rushing locomotive sounds different as its mass moves toward and away from the listener.  This also creates the Blue/Red shift in light from celestial bodies.  As a galaxy spins, the section moving toward us turns bluer, while the section moving away turns redder on the light frequency spectrum.

Using the blue/red shift and physics, scientists were able to calculate the relative mass of galaxies and other objects which spin and cast off light.  Fritz Zwicky noticed in 1934 that the math did not add up, and came up with an explanation now known commonly as “dark matter.”  His theory is that either the majority of the mass of these objects does not give off light, or, the theory of gravitational pull is flawed in its calculations of mass.  To explain this missing mass, he theorized that there must be matter which neither reflects nor gives off light or radiation emissions measurable on Earth, but which has mass.  By only making calculations of spin based on visible matter, we are missing the dark matter.

If the dark matter theory is true, then 83% of the matter in the universe and 23% of the mass energy could be from dark matter.  It could be that our ability to perceive what space is composed of is much like a blind-folded man with ear muffs and a cold trying to describe his surroundings.  Or, consider a dark field and across from you are 1,000 people holding flashlights, but only 230 have them on.  So you think there are only 230 people.

Could there actually be so much out there that we can not see through light or through radiation?

Theorists have explored the possibilities for the last eighty years and have mainly created more theories than answers.  Some say the gravitational theory is wrong and that instead of trying to “fix” the math by the creation of a theoretical dark matter you should start there.  Some have broken up dark matter into deeper theoretical categories, such as Machos and Wimps.  You can’t make this stuff up.

Machos are Massive Astrophysical Compact Halo Objects more commonly referred to as brown dwarfs and black holes, or referred to as baryonic, or more normal matter, that happens to be dark.  Wimps are Weakly Interacting Massive Particles which would be non-baryonic in nature.  Wimps are thought to pass through normal matter though they have mass, without interacting with it.  There are also theories of the dark matter in which they break them into mixed dark matter, cold dark matter, warm dark matter and hot dark matter.  Who says physicists don’t have a sense of humor?

In any case, the next time you look up at the night sky, just realize that mathematically, either all we know about gravity is wrong, or you are seeing only a tiny portion of what is there.  It is 2012, and we often think we have it all figured out, and yet in the very night sky above our heads we understand and perceive very little.



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Death By Transporter

In the latest issue of ConNotations, in my regular science column, discusses death by transporter.  A must read for you trekkers or science geeks who THINK you know how it works…  You can find it on Page 9 of the link below.  I also have a book review on page 18.  Enjoy!



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ConNotations Newszine Volume 23, Issue 2 Is Out!

I have five things in there.  The staff and the Editor Patti Hulstrand were kind enough to first add me as a staff writer, now as a columnist.  I have a non-fiction piece on theories of astro-physicists on the beginning of the universe, two book reviews, a movie to book comparison, and a mention of my upcoming book signing at The Book Rack on September 8, 2012 from 11 am to 2 pm.  The Book Rack is located on Signal Butte Road off I-60 in East Mesa, Arizona.

You can check out this edition by going here:


Then you can scroll to the bottom, and click enlarge to open the document in Adobe Reader.

It is a great publication that not only has interesting stories, but the advertisements tell you about all sorts of cool conventions coming up and places that sell unique products that us science fiction fans love.  Thanks to Patti Hulstrand and the Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society for such a great publication and letting me be a part of it for each of the last dozen or so issues.



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Appearing At LepreCon 38!

Michael Bradley will be appearing as an author and panelist at the 38th LepreCon Convention on:

April 6-8, 2012 at Tempe Mission Palms – Tempe, AZ

This is the premier Arizona event for Science Fiction fans.  You can get more details at their website at:


Michael had the following schedule:


LIT-Good, Bad & Ugly of Genre Fiction 1-2pm               Palm E

SCI – Laboratory went Boom 6-7pm                                  Joshua Tree


SOC-Here comes the Apocalypse           2-3pm                 Xavier

Autograph session in dealer’s room       3-4pm

SCI-The Stem Cell Hamburger Drive-Thru 4-5pm           Xavier

LIT – Independent Publishing Update 5:00-6:30pm                   Palm F

LIT/MED – Why is Steampunk picking up steam                              7-8 pm                        Palm E


Michael Bradley Reading                        11-11:30am        Boardroom

SCI/LIT – Science research for book writing 3-4pm                   Xavier

Please stop by and catch a panel or get a book signed!

A special thanks to Patti Hulstrand, the Program Director for adding me to the program.  As you can see under the STORE page on this website, I have been a frequent writer recently for the ConNotations Newszine which Patti also publishes.  In addition, Patti writes her own novels and markets and publishes for many other authors.  I don’t know how she finds the time to do it all, but I appreciate her.


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