Saturday, July 30, 2016
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
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?
Monday, July 25, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Two items by Ron Miller, space artist and space art historian (and science fiction historian as well!). First, an article on io9 on Chesley Bonestell. Second, via Air & Space, he speaks about some of the art in his book, The Art of Space.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
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.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Sunday, July 10, 2016
A semi-random accumulation of links about my favorite movie!
A Look Beyond the Future (Look Magazine looks at 2001).
Cinephilia looks at 2001. The same site has Arthur C. Clarke's 2001 "diary".
28 behind-the-scenes pictures from the movie. A even bigger archive of images on Flickr.
Supposedly a collection only of the artwork of Brian Sanders, but there are Robert McCall (and other artists works) mixed in.
Online friend David S. F. Portree looks at the reality of 2001's vehicles (Part 01).
Holy heck, where are my lottery winnings? Simon Atkinson's limited edition prints of vehicles.
If this volume is as good as the first volume, it is a required buy.
Creative Review on Harry Lange and a new book covering his design work.
Typeset in the Future on 2001 (one of many excellent posts on the site about films).
The archives of Arthur C. Clarke are available to the public (details on how to apply for use).
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows, in visible light, the chaos swirling around something we first discovered in radio light: the swirling chaos around the pulsar located in the Crab Nebula.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows Arp 286 in the constellation of Virgo. Part of Halton Arp's Catalog of Peculiar Galaxies, we see a good example of how galaxies interact with each other on a vast (to mere humans) scale.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the rich star and nebula fields of Rho Ophiuchi. Embedded here is a much more distant object, the globular cluster Messier 4. Are the Humanoids lurking in those clouds?
Monday, July 4, 2016
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016
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).
Friday, July 1, 2016
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!)