Saturday, August 20, 2016

Vinyl Echoes

Once upon a time we listened to our audiobooks on LP records. Which means they were very abridged (well, no, they were just a few excerpts). Turning up on the internet is Arthur C. Clarke reading from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Side 01 here. Side 02 here.


A short film about the restoration of the model used for filming the U.S.S. Enterprise in the original Star Trek series. I saw this model twice in it's pre-restoration life and would love to see what it looks like now.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016


What, two physics-related posts in one day?

Ever wonder what a typical science-oriented government agency keeps around in terms of equipment? Now you can know, down to the Jazz drives. Yes, Jazz Drives.

Fred and Jeff and John...

...are the Three Hoarsemen.

Once upon a time, our fellow member of SF Signal was so busy that he could not work on the SF Signal Podcast. I mean, poor Patrick was working like 40 hours of overtime on top of 40 hours of work.

So, we volunteered to do a fill-in episode. Then a second. Then we launched as a separate episode at SF Signal.

Then around episode thirty-five, the retirement of the site as a ongoing project was announced.

But, wait! There's more! We're now on The Incomparable Network, which grew from just The Incomparable (a show I started listening to around the original posting of their episode eight).

We live. WE LIVE...

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

It appears that we've broken physics. Gosh dang it people, I told you to put physics further back on the shelf, so it wouldn't fall over!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

From Seven to Seventeen

Apollo 7 to Apollo 17, a montage of photographs taken during the lunar-oriented missions (wish they would expand to include Skylab and ASTP!). Fifteen minutes of awesome.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

SkyCrane Touchdown

Hey, remember this? Just a mere four years ago we were treated to seeing MSL Curiosity land on Mars. Time to go to the videotape!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Meanwhile, In the Solar System

Hey, it's August. What's up for robotic explorers this month?

Clarke's Craft

With the publication of the Alastair Reynolds–Stephen Baxter collaboration of The Medusa Chronicles, itself an expansion of a story by Arthur C. Clarke, co-author Baxter looks at the spacecraft of Arthur C. Clarke.

As a side note, David S.F. Portree has recently done a multi-part article on the craft of 2001 which is worth a look: Could the Space Voyages in the Film and Novel 2001: A Space Odyssey Really Happen? Part 01 here. Part 02 here. Part 03 here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

COINing Games

A profile of CIA analyst and game designer Volko Ruhnke, who has been sparking something of a revival (at least from my limited perspective) in gaming that combines history, politics, warfare and more.

The US military (especially the Army) has the unfortunate habit of forgetting lessons learned, figuring whatever happened won't happen again. I think games like these (plus books, movies and more) help to preserve those lessons. If distributed widely enough, maybe we'll start learning not to forget?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bruce Pennington and Gene Wolfe

An interview with Bruce Pennington, who, next to Don Maitz, has done the most to create the iconic "look" of Gene Wolfe's world of the New Sun.

The Eagle Has Landed

We went to the Moon nearly fifty years ago. We haven't been back, other than by our surrogates, but it is clear that the journey inspired and continues to inspire. On the anniversary: explore the landing of Apollo 11 "interactively" and explore the Apollo 11 command module.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016


The U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC 1701, as used in the original television series, has been restored to pristine condition and is now back on display at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.