Posts Tagged ‘Mars’

SciFi Mixed Links – Jesuits in Space, Time Travel’s ‘Therefore I Am’, NASA Mars Recruitment

New video short by Peter and Luke McCoubrey study the infinite permutations of time travel (with some humor). Available on Vimeo.

New video short by Peter and Luke McCoubrey studies the infinite permutations of time travel (with some humor). Available on Vimeo.

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SciFi Mixed Links – Mars Mystery Solved, Blood Supermoon, Trekkie Wedding

NASA makes a huge announcement about Mars, just a day after the lunar eclipse of a supermoon. Left image: Mosaic of Mars via NASA. Right Image: The Blood Supermoon via BBC/Getty.

NASA makes a huge announcement about Mars, just a day after the lunar eclipse of a supermoon. Left image: Mosaic of Mars via NASA. Right Image: The Blood Supermoon via BBC/Getty.

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The Martian – The Science of Survival

Panorama of Mars Pathfinder Landing Site. Image by Dr. Timothy Parker, Jet Propulsion Lab, via NASA.

Panorama of Mars Pathfinder Landing Site. Image by Dr. Timothy Parker, Jet Propulsion Lab, via NASA.

Andy Weir’s The Martian begins with a map. A map with no compass, mountain, ocean or oasis. This is the featureless Martian terrain – a hostile desert bereft of water or breathable atmosphere. It is in this landscape that we find our protagonist, Mark Watney, an injured botanist and engineer turned astronaut – left behind as dead in a Martian sandstorm.

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Sci Fi Mixed Links – April 21, 2015

Screenshot from the book cover of 'A Wrinkle in Time' by Madeleine L'Engle.  The Wall Street Journal recently published three pages from an early draft of the novel.

Screenshot from the book cover of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeleine L’Engle. The Wall Street Journal recently published three pages from an early draft of the novel.

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Ray Bradbury’s Mars: Planet of Dreams

1950s Mars, inspired by Ray Bradbury's 'The Martian Chronicles.' SciFiMix original art, created using Mars Rover landscape images.

1950s Mars, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Martian Chronicles.’ SciFiMix original art, created using NASA’s Mars Rover images and images of Levittown.

When we look at Mars today, we think of a barren cold desert. Any possibility of life is remote, ancient, and likely limited to unicellular organisms. The notion of Martians, let alone entire Martian civilizations, is a comical idea at best – reserved for loonies and weirdos that wear foil caps and revere ‘little green men.’

But in the mid-twentieth century, the time of Ray Bradbury and Orson Welles, Mars was a land of possibility. Like the New World to 15th-century Britain, it was an unexplored frontier for colonization. It was a tantalizing hidden world, crisscrossed with ‘canals’ that hinted at alien intelligence. (more…)

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