August 25th, 2013
Classes resume this week — Cosmology on Tuesday for me — and trying to finish up a few research projects before the tsunami hits.
I blog about the question of whether science fiction kills interest in science over at Amazing Stories. There’s also another article, while a little strange, worth checking out: A World Without Science Fiction on the issue of optimism and pessimism about the future and our role in deciding what’s to come.
Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. Space history.
Would Nazis have gone to the moon? Alternative space history.
There was a meeting earlier this month, Starship Congress, that has dozens of hours of video of very serious engineers and scientists thinking about interstellar travel by 2100. Day 1 seems to be unavailable, but I hope they will make it available soon, too.
Cloud cities over Venus, featuring Geoffrey Landis.
One of my favorite TV shows is Breaking Bad. Last week they had a Star Trek inspired scene (with a helping of Stand By Me). Here it is played out in a fun animation, which I first saw on sfsignal.com.
My Singularity Post-Humanist Blues by Jay O’Connell. Interesting history of personal responses to the idea of the singularity.
Ben Affleck is the new Batman apparently. I don’t agree with this article, but someone out there thinks this is perfect casting.
Why Joss Whedon doesn’t like Empire Strikes Back. This point always bugged me, too.
A publisher behaving very badly dumps a book when they discover the author is gay. I’ve been posting for a number of years that I think it’s important to separate the art from the artist when it is possible. If it was a book worth publishing, it’s still a book worth publishing no matter what’s been learned about the author. And there’s nothing wrong with being gay, either, although too many parts of the world still don’t agree with me there, unfortunately.
Ooh, ooh! Evil librarian story. I hate librarians who, for whatever reason, try to stifle an enthusiastic young reader. Librarians serve an important service in our society, and this one ruins their good name.
I think I’ve seen this before and maybe linked it, but came across it again and wanted to be sure I had it down here. David Brin on The Flynn Effect and how humans living in our modern world are literally getting smarter. It’s almost like a weird SF premise, but it seems true.
Clothing of the future! Or another missed prediction:
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