- In honor of NaNoWriMo, lend your creative mind to the first ever fully crowdsourced science fiction novel. This one is already developing an interesting metaverse story arc.
- Jesuits in space? Interesting article about why there are so many Catholics in science fiction. Is this a way to celebrate the Jesuit drive for exploration, or merely a plot device to study the tension between religion and alien life?
- Author of Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell, decries genre snobbery – where ‘mainstream’ literary critics denounce science fiction and fantasy. “It’s a bizarre act of self-mutilation to say that ‘I don’t get on with science fiction and fantasy, therefore I’m never going to read any’”.
- Amazing six-minute video short about time travel, called Therefore I Am. Starts out a little cheesy, then messes up your mind in the style of Primer or Looper. The description: A mysterious encounter between a man who claims to be from the future and the man that he claims is his former self. A surreal psychological thriller about loss and regret. All set within the framework of a time travel story that loosely operates in accordance to the paradox-less MWI (many-worlds interpretation) in quantum mechanics.
- Calling all astronauts! NASA recruitment call for Mars mission. After discovering why Mars lost its atmosphere in the first place (video), maybe NASA has some ideas for putting it back (but probably not in time for this next mission).
- Democrats and Republicans agree (for once!) as new legislation allows space miners to keep their own booty.
- Beautifully curated ‘space-age’ electronics.
- China’s space agency’s new robot looks suspiciously like an Avengers character.
Posts Tagged ‘Mars’
- People around the world turned their eyes to the sky last night, as a huge supermoon turned blood red in a lunar eclipse. Missed it? Watch a video feed of the whole event courtesy of NASA.
- In other news about celestial red bodies, NASA announces liquid water flows on Mars!!! Will this make colonization of the red planet a reality in our lifetime?
- Cartoon from xkcd: NASA Press Conference.
- NASA’s announcement is just in time for this Friday’s premiere of The Martian. Read about Ridley Scott’s thoughts on The Martian, his Apple commercial, and Promethius 2.
- More on red planets: Dune exhibit opens at CSUF’s Pollack Library.
- Cool review of the art exhibition Cosmonauts: Birth of a Space Age.
- Trekkie wedding. Perhaps the couple should buy this Trek-inspired home?
- Star Wars napkin doodle features Leia (wow art).
- Princess Leia and Luke are twins of different ages. Learn why.
- Go to sleep with this ambient sci-fi playlist (video).
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.by
- Excerpts from never-seen-before draft of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time sheds light on the philosophy behind her novel. The bottom line – sometimes security comes at too high of a price to our freedom.
- Katee Sackhoff, Battlestar Galactica’s ‘Starbuck’, will write, produce, and star in a new sci-fi series, Rain.
- Fun week for NASA news! NASA announces that it will crush its enemies and cry at the lamentations of their women *ahem* I mean, NASA plans to get to Mars before everyone else.
- NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sends back its first images of Pluto and Charon, in anticipation of its fly-by on July 14, 2015.
- Space probe MESSENGER will crash land into Mercury sometime soon, ETA around April 30, 2015, after over a decade of travel. Cool discovery by MESSENGER – there’s ice on that planet.
- Samantha Cristoforetti, Italian ISS Astronaut, wears Star Trek Voyager uniform while awaiting coffee in space (article and video). In case you missed this, we’ve also sent donuts into space (article and video).
- Hyundai helps daughter write a 5.5 square km note to dad in space (article and video).
- Want to celebrate Hubble’s 25th anniversary in style? How about a solar-system themed necklace, or special space-themed wall decals and lamps?
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…)by