Science Fiction

What is science fiction?

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Analog Science Fact and Fiction magazine publishes stories “in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the story that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse.” That leaves out current science that informs our understanding of the distant past. I was thinking of the science of evolution when […]

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Astronaut

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A while ago I met an astronaut. He had given a presentation about flying the space shuttle at a meeting I had arranged. Afterwards, I introduced myself and told him I had applied for the astronaut program in 1979 and been rejected. “Me too,” he said.”And again in 1980, and 1981, and every year for […]

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To the Belt!

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This morning Elon Musk announced that his Falcon heavy rocket has succeeded in boosting a Tesla roadster into the Asteroid Belt. This is the first step toward a commercial space industry. Many people bemoan the new “Gilded Age” in which some become rich while widespread poverty continues to plague us. But standouts like Elon Musk […]