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The future is on Mars

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Elon Musk is famously aiming for a private expedition to Mars a decade earlier than the most likely government-financed trip. Planetary Resources and other companies are working on asteroid mining technology. What impact will these activities have on the world in the future? Worlds of Sol explores this question.

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The Genie in the Bottle

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In the March/April issue of Analog C. Stuart Hardwick presents an analysis (Taming the Genie: How Fear of the Atom Threatens our Future) of the safety of nuclear power generation compared to that of other sources. He shows what every competent physicist knows: nuclear power, evenĀ  considering Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, has caused […]

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Incoming

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There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Wm. Shakespeare I’ve been seeing a lot of posts in my SF Facebook groups about various things in the solar system and beyond. Astronomers are beginning to learn so much about the solar system that we never knew. ‘Oumuamua […]

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Still collecting rejections

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I am still collecting rejections but I have six stories out for review at various magazines. The most interesting rejections have come from GigaNotoSaurus and Fantasy and Science Fiction. GigaNotoSaurus suggested three resourcesĀ  listed below: Tips for Standard Manuscript Formatting (Vonda N. McIntyre) 3 Things That End A Story Well (Cat Rambo) Nectar for Rejectomancers […]

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American Steel

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I read today an essay from The New Yorker that said the 20th century railroads made the mistake of thinking they were in the railroad business instead of the transportation business. I think American steel is making a similar mistake. A lot of American manufacturing in general survived WWII with their physical plant intact. The […]

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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 […]

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Emergent Phenomena

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In the absence of any other model, it is currently fashionable to posit that consciousness and intelligence “emerge” out of the complexity of life. Our brains allow emergent intelligence to evolve. What this means is anyone’s guess. Let’s assume that it’s true, that out of sufficient complexity, consciousness and intelligence can emerge. How would this […]

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Revolt on Mars

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In an earlier post, Inspiration, I mentioned how I came to consider a novel based on a revolution on Mars. This is hardly a new idea, but I spent a lot of time researching Martian geography and considering the economics of colonizing Mars. To some the colonization of Mars is a categorical imperative. To others […]

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Thanksgiving 2017

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Today is a day to give thanks. I am thankful for many things and many people, far too many to list. Most of my blessings revolve around family. To all my family I send thanks for all they do to make my life overflow with blessings. Of more relevance to this blog, I am thankful […]