Tag Archive: Science Fiction


Three Scenarios For Funding Interstellar Travel

 

 

 

” Mankind’s only chance for survival in the coming millennium is to spread out into space. So argues British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and a score of other eminent physicists, rocket scientists and intellectuals in Starship Century, a collection of essays and science fiction edited by brothers James and Gregory Benford.

Hawking’s argument, laid out in an essay titled, “Our Only Chance,” is all too familiar. “Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill,” he writes. “But our genetic code still carries the selfish and aggressive instincts that were our survival advantage in the past. It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next one hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million.” 

 Marc Millis, founder of Tau Zero Foundation, and former head of breakthrough propulsion physics at NASA, said that the initial research needed to determine the focus and scope of an interstellar space program can be done for a pittance. “We are probably talking about an investment of less than $10 million a year,” Millis said in an interview. (See“Seven Sci-Fi Scenarios For Interstellar Space Travel That Could Happen In This Century” for a review of potentially viable technologies.) “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

” Cinema exists to project our dreams. Science-fiction cinema exists to project our most creative dreams—time-travel, alternate worlds, expanded consciousness, and more. That’s why we’re science-fiction maniacs and why we gathered up our top 100 movies. And if your favorite isn’t on here, we want to hear about it. (Warning: Here be spoilers.) ”

 

 

” 31. Mad Max (1979)

It’s a classic Western seen through the lens of post-apocalyptic Australia. The gonzo cinematography still gets your blood pumping, yet the film is just impressionistic enough to rev up your imagination’s engine. And it’s hard to overemphasize the effect of Mad Max‘s style on other genre films, rock videos, and advertising.

There’s been talk of a fourth installment for years. I, for one, would really like to see it happen.”

 

 

… A Newbie’s Perspective

  “As reported on Monday, the 2012 Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy were announced Sunday night at WorldCon in Chicago. The ceremony was MC’d by bestselling author John Scalzi, who just published his latest, Redshirts, to widespread acclaim. Jo Walton’s coming-of-age faery novel Among Others took top honors for best novel. The list of winners in all categories can be found here, but it’s worth reminding readers of the full list of novel nominees.”