Celebrate Alaska Book Week with UPON THIS ROCK, by David Marusek

Celebrate Alaska Book Week with UPON THIS ROCK, by David Marusek

If you're in Fairbanks this week stop by the Bear Gallery on Friday and Celebrate Alaska Book Week! Bring a friend to the book signing by award-winning local author, David Marusek, for his newly released novel UPON THIS ROCK, an epic new science fiction series about faith, family, and alien invasion. Set in Alaska, of course.

Can't make the book signing? Pick up -- or order -- a copy at your local bookstore, get it on line or directly from the author, David Marusek.

UPON THIS ROCK takes us on a roller coaster of adventure in Alaska's wilderness. With a satirical look at culture clash, romance and alien encounters of a weird kind, it promises to be a great read--and delivers! Don't miss it.

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Searching for that perfect Alaskan recipe?

Searching for that perfect Alaskan recipe?

Are you looking for the perfect recipe to remind you of your trip to Alaska? Something truly authentic from the heart of Alaska? While the picture of fresh cut rhubarb from my daughter's garden and the salmon I caught in the Kasiloff River might whet your appetite, here's a link to a great article I read this morning from (of all places) The New York Times with a reminder that while Alaskans love their local foods, the sweets aisle in a rural grocery store might not be what you expected. "In Alaska's Far Flung Villages, Happiness is a Cake Mix."

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What do Fairbanks, Klingon, Elvish and Dothraki have in common?

What do Fairbanks, Klingon, Elvish and Dothraki have in common?

Columnist Dermot Cole wrote in today's Alaska Dispatch News that, "The students in Robin Shoaps' University of Alaska Fairbanks linguistics course last spring, "Klingon, Elvish and Dothraki: The Art and Science of Language Creation," did more than study languages imagined through works of fiction.

"They invented a language of their own called "Fosk," devising a vocabulary of 1,000 words. "Nix fadstälnaw r"idi chyai" means "Let's explore somewhere new."

"I don't know whether Fosk will ever be as popular as Klingon, Elvish or Dothraki — languages put forward in "Star Trek," the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and "Game of Thrones" — but that its creation took place in Fairbanks is more fitting than the Fosk speakers may realize."

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Wasps and bees; reality to fiction

Wasps and bees; reality to fiction

Here’s a picture I took this morning of a bee on a petunia. The photograph’s ok for having been taken with my phone and lacking a better camera and lens, I wasn’t about to move in closer. We used to keep bees but not anymore. It was fun and fascinating, but we gave that hobby up a long time ago for the same reason that I don’t like to stand any closer to bees. Or wasps. Or yellow jackets. Or hornets. Or any member of the hymenoptera family. Because one day while I was walking through the woods on the way to my brother’s house, I put my hand down on a wasp and it killed me. I died.

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Curried Moose; a dinner with friends

Curried Moose; a dinner with friends

Here's the recipe for moose curry and it's not unlike most curries so pull out your favorite and substitute as you like. Moose is subtle, not gamey, and there's little fat. When friends make burger out of moose, they often add a second type of meat to help it stick together and add flavor. Moose is easy to work with; if it's older or got lost in the bottom of the freezer, let it simmer a bit longer on a low heat until it's tender.

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