Saturday, June 15, 2024

AW #3

Science fiction has immense value as a mind-stretching force for the creation of the habit of anticipation. Our children should be studying Arthur C. Clarke, William Tenn, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, and Robert Sheckley, not because these writers can tell them about rocket ships and time machines but, more important, because they

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Null Infinity - Chapter 7

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Chapter 7

The ride back seemed to take much longer than Harry expected. By the time the van stopped Lauren had fallen asleep. Soon the sliding van door opened.

Let's go,” said the lieutenant.

Harry woke Lauren and they both exited the van to face what looked to Harry like the same building they been kept in before. Once inside, he was sure it was the same, he even stopped at “his” door waiting for the soldiers to open it so he could enter.

Inside he sat down on the bed and looked at the same room only this time without his luggage. He didn't even have a change of clothes and after the past couple of days he really needed a change of clothes. Even as uncomfortable as he was he finally fell asleep on top of the bed covers.

Harry was awakened by a knock on the door and then a soldier entered with a tray of food. After exchanging a brief greeting the soldier left. Harry looked at the tray, it was the same as before. This time he ate everything, not knowing when he might get to eat again. Just as he was finishing there was another knock on the door, this time Lieutenant Levi, his questioner entered.

Monday, June 10, 2024

QM #4

And I thought that, say, fifty years ago, that this would happen, that these revolutions [quantum mechanics, relativity] and advances in science would have an effect on mankind - on morals, on sociology, whatever. It hasn't happened. We're still up to the same things, or, well, I think, regressed in values. There's this terrible thing [cold war]

Friday, June 7, 2024

AW #2

Science fiction is based upon the belief that the world is changing, that the way we live is changing, and that humanity will adjust to it, or will adjust change to humanity, or will perish.

James Gunn - Alternate Worlds

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

QM #3

With science I felt I could grab on to actual things and try to understand them. And then they turn out to be so extraordinarily mysterious! Newton's laws of motion, the laws of the electromagnetic field, relativity - they're so far removed from experience, but yet there it is. It's a measure of all the other things that I look at. It gives you an

Monday, June 3, 2024

AW #1

 In any case we live, indisputably, in a science-fiction world. All around us we see evidences of a new order: life is not what it was for our fathers and mothers, and certainly not what it was for their fathers and mothers. Life moves faster, and we move with it or are left behind. We ride the back of galloping technology, and we cannot dismount without breaking our necks. We – at least most of us – watch pictures

Thursday, May 30, 2024

QM #2

Quantum mechanics and relativity affected me deeply - personally. It affected my attitude toward the world. I've always thought of physics as a sort of ivory tower, from which you venture forth into all other human affairs, of all kinds. That's why I became a physicist. I could've earned more money as a lawyer.

I.I. Rabi - The Second Creation

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Engineering Cells

By the mid-2030s or 2040s, ideally, we will be able to get human boots on Mars, enabling us to directly see how humans respond to Martian living and how well our “molecular risk mitigation” plans work. Once there, we will be able to test more