Storm chasers are usually looking for trouble. This couple wasn’t, I don’t think. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Or the right place, at the right time, depending on your point of view. And at least they brought along a camera…

I think I found where our Global Warming is coming from

Courtesy of Neil Gaiman comes this link of a natural gas… “well”… in Uzbekistan, called “The Door to Hell”:

The Door to Hell, as locals call it, is situated near the small town of Darvaz in Uzbekistan. Thirty-five years ago, geologists were drilling for gas when then encountered a very large cavern underground filled with a poisonous gas. They ignited the gas expecting it to burn off in a few hours. Thirty-five years later, the gas is still burning.


As some have noted elsewhere: can’t they capture that stuff? What a colossal waste of gas!


And again from Neil Gaiman, a blog listing the 85 “weirdest” storytellers of all time. It’s a good, comprehensive list, and many famous authors honour it with their presence.

Fathom Five a Best Book For 2008

From the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008:

Whether you’re stocking a bookshelf in a classroom, library or at home, every title in this guide has been given the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s stamp of approval.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Fathom Five has been accepted among the CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens, 2008, a publication formerly known as Our Choice. I’m in good company with other excellent candidates, including Tom Henighan’s Demon in My View and Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters’ Bifocal.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Our Choice publication has helped schools and libraries stock their shelves for the past several years, so this inclusion is not only an honour, but it should help sales.

I’d like to thank the jury of booksellers, librarians and authors who picked Fathom Five to be among the Class of 2008. I greatly appreciate the honour.

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