- Simple is beautiful. Sometimes, a few cartoon panes is all you need to explain the mysteries of the universe or the perseverance of the human spirit. This cartoon by Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal pays homage to both Gene Roddenberry and the people surviving the recent Paris terrorist attacks. This New Yorker/ XKCD featurette, “The Space Doctor’s Big Idea”, explores Einstein’s theory of relativity in storybook fashion.
- Science fiction as pervasive advertising. Following General Electric’s revival of its sci-fi themed General Electric Theater, and Disney’s successful launch of Star Wars land, Microsoft is joining the game. Future Visions is a new science fiction anthology (available as a free eBook), where contributing authors were inspired by visits to Microsoft’s research labs. Science fiction is experiencing a revival and corporate America is listening.
- Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End is being adapted as a three-part SyFy miniseries, airing on December 14. Written in 1953, the book accurately predicted the rise of oral contraceptives, mass air transportation, and the growth of secularism (wow). Curious to see how SyFy will adapt this novel to contemporary audiences.
- Einstein’s quantum entanglement theory (wiki), otherwise known as “spooky action” at a distance, is confirmed through a whole battery of new tests.
- Some fun images for the day: Pluto’s crazy spinning moons, 116 NASA Voyager pics to send to aliens, Michael Benson’s space art, science fiction space poster.