Date: 03/15/20 02:51 am Title: Chapter 6 - A Deal for One's Dreams
Kewl! This is awesome and I love the story so far. I wonder if Juniper will be able to make her dream come true? Dreams are basically hope and fear and inspiration mixed together... and the oineroi were notoriously capricious.
Date: 03/15/20 01:16 am Title: Chapter 4 - A Glowing Circle
If she's studied the night sky in California and Russia, that's the northern hemisphere in both cases; the stars are roughly the same, with slight variations for latitude. She'd have to have watched the sky from some southern hemisphere country, or at least have studied southern hemisphere sky maps, to rule out the possibility they're somewhere in the southern hemisphere.
Date: 03/08/20 11:36 pm Title: Chapter 3 - Designated Driver
This is really good so far. And if I read the last scene right, Katya's mother just arrived in our world while accidentally stranding Katya and her friends in her homeworld? I really look forward to seeing where this is going.
The only typo that jumped out of me was "palate" (should be "palette" in the sense of a range of colors; "palate" is the upper part of one's mouth or one's sense of taste). If you'd like me to proofread your work, contact me via this site.
Author's Response: Yep Yep! And thanks, I corrected the wording, I'll let you know if my friend can't. Also I loved your Pioneer's story!
Date: 03/08/20 05:00 pm Title: Chapter 2 - Confessions
Awww, this is such a cute story. Look forward to seeing more!
Also, speaking as an astrobiologist, carbon and nitrogen in the spectra of a planet's atmosphere *by themselves* isn't actually all that indicative of interesting chemistry (heck, your run-of-the-mill hot jupiter has both both in spades). Traditionally, you'd look for oxygen or methane--or ideally, both, since that means the atmosphere isn't at chemical equilibrium--but in the last few years we've discovered there's actually a number of pathways that can generate O2 or CH4 completely abiotically, so there's a real risk of false positives.
More recently, though--and this is the focus of my current research for my dissertation--there's been a shift to looking for biosignatures based on the statistical patterns of a planet's atmospheric chemistry as a whole, emergent system. But, as undergrads, neither Katya nor Juniper would probably be aware of that yet :-P
Author's Response: Fascinating! Yeah, I was aware it was probably going to be wrong. As you said though, they are undergrads, and Juniper doesn't even study the space side of things, so I guess it works out. Glad you are enjoying the story! I do plan on adding in more science-y stuff later on, so I'll keep that in mind and try and do a bit more research into it.!