Tyrannosaurids may have borne anything from a few feathery tufts to decadent coverings of fuzz. The dinosaur’s appearance is open to multiple hypotheses. Scales-only cannot be taken as the default any more than totally-feathery tyrannosaurids can. But given how the story of dinosaur feathers has unfolded, I’d bet on the fuzz.
National Geographic has an interesting article about the case for feathers in Tyrannosaurus.
Read more at Feathers for Tyrannosaurs.
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Take McCarthy's The Road and dial back the nihilism by about a third. Add general aviation, Colorado, and a dog. Mix it all up to get The Dog Stars.
Head over to I09.com to check out a great collection of dinosaur art.
The Shining by Stephen King
I re-read The Shining in preparation for Dr. Sleep. I may be the only person on the planet who does not like the book or the movie.
Dr. Sleep by Stephen King
Entertaining and engaging through and through, if not terribly scary. Made me want to give up my dream of becoming an alcoholic.
The Martian by Andy Weir
A futuristic Apollo 13-style astronaut thriller. Loved it.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
80s Geek Porn. Great fun!
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I almost put it down because I found Amy to be so pretentious. I was glad I didn't after I realized that was part of the "plot." It's a great read, however... I had heard nothing good about the ending. My expectations were managed, but I still found it to be tremendously unsatisfying. Excited to see if Flynn & Fincher fix it for the film.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Poetic and captivating, but not really to my taste. Hard to be scared for the seven year old when he was narrating the story as a grown-up. Hard to be frightened for the Hemstocks because nothing was ever explained about their abilities.
In 2012, James Cameron revealed that he tried to buy the rights to Jurassic Park, but that Steven Spielberg beat him to it by a few hours.
"But when I saw the film, I realised that I was not the right person to make the film, he was. Because he made a dinosaur movie for kids, and mine would have been Aliens with dinosaurs, and that wouldn't have been fair.
Cameron is being gracious. There's plenty of room for an darker, more adult dinosaur thriller.
Read the full story at the Huffington Post
Birds evolved from dinosaurs, and dinosaur fossils are often covered with impressions of feathers, which made some palaeontologists speculate whether feathers were a common trait that appeared early in their history. Now a team analysing feathers on the overall dinosaur family tree argues this is taking things too far.
Read more at Nature.
Geoff Jones is the author of the sci-fi thriller