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.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

It Ain't Easy

Watch this video if you still think big complex machines always run perfectly.

July's Solar System

What's up in solar system exploration for July?


What will happen to the International Space Station when it reaches the end of use? Russia plans to spinoff portions into a new station (caution: similar plans were made for Mir, but scuttled due to lack of funding).


SF (and NF) author David Brin takes a deep look at webcomics (Part 01, Part 02, Part 03). I read several of these titles on a regular basis (and am way behind on several more).

Friday, July 1, 2016

Off the List

According to the Near Earth Object Program, a few potential BFR's are off the list of objects that would cause us a very bad day.

Shockwave Rider

Alvin Toffler has passed away. The man who introduced us to the concept of future shock. That book was one of those moments when you read something and your whole perspective changes.

It has been argued in some quarters, by the way, the future shock does not exist. I disagree: I think we're all suffering from future shock PTSD at this point.

(Addendum: The New York Times Science/Technology section on carrying on with Toffler's work. The SF Encyclopedia entry on Alvin Toffler.)

(My very worn copy had a green cover, as below. Man, that book went through a lot of printings and updatings!)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Landing Zone

Launched by the United States to help its return of crewed missions to the Moon, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is helping to determine a landing site to be explored by a future Russian rover.