Soon after announcing that he intended to go up on a Blue Origin tourist space shot, William Shatner announced that he will be going up on a flight on October 12, just 5 days from this writing. I have to admit that I was a bit shocked that the decision was made, at least seemingly, […]Read more "Kirk in Space"
I like space. I have 42 titles on my bookshelf with the word “space” on the cover. This probably triples if you include “Astronomy,” “Astrophysics,” “Stars,” “Planets,” “Universe,” “Cosmology,” etc. I’ve never really particularly cared about where “space,” begins, and that probably is because my dissertation work and many journal articles from there on dealt […]Read more "I need my space."
I recently found out about 2017 film, Marjorie Prime, a story regarding human relationships, memory and holograms. It features Lois Smith (Marjorie), John Hamm (Walter) , Timothy Robbins (John) , and Geena Davis (Tess). Most of you would likely be least familiar with Lois Smith. She’s had a nearly 70 year career, mostly as a […]Read more "Lois is Marjorie"
One of the most common tropes of science fiction is the encounter with extraterrestrial life, especially intelligent life, i.e., aliens. Most of the time, this really has been relegated to *just* science fiction, i.e., not science. However, like many topics of science fiction, this one might now be on the edge of being taken seriously […]Read more "Oumuamua: Gone but not Forgotten!"
The newest addition to the Netflix original sci-fi collection, George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky, was released just before Christmas of 2020. Somewhat depressing in its execution and redeeming and uplifting in its ending, overall this one is worth a viewing. Borrowing a bit from both Contact and Interstellar, we see Clooney’s character, Lofthouse, inspired to […]Read more "The Midnight Sky (possibly some SPOILERS)"
Looks like the Arecibo radio telescope (for a long time the largest in the world), slated for de-funding by the National Science Foundation, collapsed yesterday morning. Consistent with the reason for defunding (unsafe to repair, etc.), the instrument platform that was suspended over the huge dish built into a natural sink hole fell onto the […]Read more "Adios, Arecibo!"
After streaming series, Away, reached top viewing at Netflix upon its release it was fairly promptly rewarded with a *non-renewal*. That’s not very easy to explain, though Netflix cites the problems with keeping up with costs of making a sci fi series. That makes this the second series (along with Hulu’s The First) that took […]Read more "What’s up, Netflix?"
I recall taking a look at Netflix Original SciFi series, Another Life (starring Battlestar Galactica reboot alum Katee Sackhoff), when it first came out but for some reason, I didn’t look much past the first episode. More recently I took another look, following it to the end of the first season (they were recently renewed […]Read more "Another Look at Another Life"
Since the 1920’s it became progressively more clear that Venus did not have much oxygen and its atmosphere was thick and carbon dioxide dominated. Since 1962, as the planetary probe Mariner II passed close to the planet, it became quite evident that Venus was very hot, but this was just a firm observation of what […]Read more "Life on Venus?"
This week I watched the Netflix documentary, Challenger: The Final Flight regarding the 1986 Space Shuttle disaster. There are a few things that struck me much more forcefully than they had at the time, but perhaps that’s just simply that I am older and more willing to look at some of the details, or more […]Read more "Challenger: The Final Flight"