Andrea Sefler

Andrea Sefler
Andrea is a consultant and technical writer for various scientific software and instrumentation companies. She has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Berkeley and has never met a genre of music or books that she hasn’t liked. As a gamer since the days of the Apple II, Andrea can relate any number of hair-raising tales about role-playing games stored on 360 kB 5.25” floppy disks and may, someday, put them to paper.

Throwback Thursday: my favorite old comic strips and books

I was doing some spring cleaning in the attic the other day and quickly but happily got distracted by my old collection of comic strips/comic books. As I had had so much fun with my last Throwback Thursday post on computer games, I thought I'd take the opportunity to bring out some of my old favorites in the world of comics.

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‘The Revolutions’ is an intriguing blend of steampunk and Victorian-era occult

Many novels that have tried to straddle sci-fi and fantasy end up simultaneously irritating the hard-core sci-fi fans and discombobulating the fantasy lovers. The Revolutions does neither and is an intriguing blend of steampunk sci-fi/fantasy with dabbling in Victorian-era occult.

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Gender and sexuality as continuums rather than two-sided coins in Jared Diamond’s ‘The Third Chimpanzee’

Episode 2 of Cosmos dealt with the always controversial subject of evolution. I thought the show provided a wonderful and very accessible overview of the subject, but at the end of the show my husband, who is not a scientist, was ready to hear more. Being ever the bookworm, my answer was, to him and anyone else who might feel the same way, read Jared Diamond’s The Third Chimpanzee.

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Top 10 reasons why Lestat is the sexiest vampire ever (and why we’re thrilled he’s coming back)

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Anne Rice has just announced that she is writing the next book in the Vampire Chronicles, a sequel to Queen of the Damned, to be called Prince Lestat. We're completely thrilled by this as we feel that Lestat is far and away the sexiest vampire ever. As such, we thought we'd have a little light-hearted fun and list the Top 10 reasons why this is so.

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‘And the Mountains Echoed’ the message of service

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And the Mountains Echoed helps the reader to understand what a gift it is to be able to aid and positively impact someone’s life. The message it brings home is that if you are offered a door of opportunity to be of service, be sure to walk though.

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