Well, 2023 news roundup begins with a bang: honeybees getting vaccinated, liquid blood extracted from a 4,000 year old foal, an amateur archaeologist solves cave drawing riddle, a two-legged fox eats spam, David Brin’s Uplif series reviewed, a Norman Spinrad newsletter announced, Allen Steele promises more Captain Future, Kubrick answers 2001 question, and, you guessed it, even MORE!
Who stole the future and put a shopping mall in its place? The tallest freestanding tower in the world dominates the Tokyo skyline, but falls far short of touching the stars.
If this happens, The Lady Astronaut series will suddenly become historically incorrect….
Wow! weirdness and light this week in the news: plastic army women, Einstein up-ended, bra makers made spacesuits and if that isn’t weird enough, Cthulhu is picking a fight with Stephen King! Read on!
NASA plans on testing some flying machines in the most Martian landscape on Earth. Care to guess where?
NASA believes it may have an explanation for the strange formations resembling giant blades of ice on Pluto.
NASA (and Lockheed Martin?) plan to have humans on Mars by 2033.
Mars flyer, rocket explosions, spiral galaxies, Hard SF stats, Heliosphere, GRRM and more
Bye Bye Cassini! You did GREAT! Thanks for not contaminating Enceladus!
Is the multiverse a pleasant concept for science fiction authors to play with, or does it really exist? The truth is out there…
Congress unanimously approved NASA’s 2017 budget. Considering the anti-science bias in this Congress, this one is a pleasant surprise (with one glaring exception).
Steve time travels (again?) back to 1961 with the review of the movie “Hidden Figures” and finds it more than good. Possibly his fave movie so far this year!
Augusto Rodríguez’ 5079: Secret Files is a novel told in fragments of documents, both official and secret, that tell the story of a migration from Earth to save humanity.
The ambitious mission of the James Webb Space Telescope is “to see the first light of the universe”.
Blueprint for a Battlestar by Rod Pyle will take readers on a fact finding mission where the science is explained and the fiction just may become reality.
Worried that an asteroid will hit the Earth? As Andrew Weston reports, NASA has some good news and some bad news on the subject of a near earth object called Bennu.
Mars! Huh! What is it good for? (Absolutely nothing!) Steve reviews two old movies and offers a caution for Aries-ophiles.
It is time I picked up the thread of my series on art inspired by real existing space exploration.
Even if you have a stick, this is too much news to shake it at!
Astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee were American heroes destined to go to the Moon. Unfortunately, neither of them made it.
A whole difference in cultural outlook, summed up in a slight difference in terminology.
Mark Watney is not the first human to have been stranded on Mars.
We’ve been sending humans into near-Earth orbit for over 50 years now. Can’t we just move on?
This week, Steve visits Mars (really! Sort of…) and reviews a new book and an overlooked movie from 2014. Check it out!
Forget UFOs. Science Fiction IS REAL.
Ray Bradbury’s R is for Rocket is a welcomed perspective of future space travel from years past. Because just like NASA’s Orion test launch, space matters.
Space Dogs of the USSR
Brianna Wu’s stand for women in gamine is prominent throughout the media – genre AND mainstream
After having examined Lagrangian points in science, I would like to offer here some thoughts about their possible uses – in fiction and in a near (or far) future space colonisation. I have already talked […]
A sales pitch from the not too distant future