: is a documentary film set in the not too distant future, following a mission to achieve interstellar space travel. As the mission unfolds with extraordinary results, the scientists find themselves dealing with a much bigger agenda.
is a 1970 British science fiction television series about a secret military organization which defends the Earth from Alien invaders. The series was created by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson
, who previously created the "Supermarionation" puppet TV series in the 1960's (Thunderbirds
, Fireball XL-5
), and would later create Space: 1999
. The production is highly stylized, from the cars
, hair styles
, and future fashions
to Ebert-worthy parties of the future
, mesh space shirts
and groovy theme music
. [more inside]
Over at Make Blog, Sean Ragan has after years of search dug up a copy of the Rockwell International Integrated Space Plan
from 1989. It's now scanned and downloadable for your enjoyment.
Growing drugs in space.
If the rainforest runs out of undiscovered medicines, just grow new drugs in space: Wired
reports that "a swaggering Texas investor" wants to turn the International Space Station
into a kind of orbiting drug lab: "If people knew what I already know," he says, "the International Space Station would be considered one of the most valuable resources our world possesses." Think of it as New Jack City
in zero-G – full of weird, crystallized proteins (and billion dollar cures).
Why yes, I WOULD like to ride a rocket into space, then jump out of it and free-float to an Earth re-entry.
Columbia widower Jonathan Clark and X Prize launcher Rick Tumlinson want to redefine re-entry. Whether for fun or for survival, the two want to make it possible for you or me to survive the 150 mile, 18,000 MPH, 8.2G, 3,000°F fall back to Earth in the worlds first orbital life vest.
Tales of Future Past*
— It's been a looong Monday. Do you want to get off the planet
and out of the city
to a place where you can really live
? Well, here's some food
for thought on the way home
down life's highways
. First, take a break from all this depressing war
talk. Then empower
yourself by giving yourself some space
and maybe taking off
for a few days. Drive
just a bit slower, turn up the volume
that your mechanic
will say the tranny's OK after all. Once you're in the front door, take time
to get slightly wired
and forget all about politics
. Get recharged
for tomorrow: have a nice long bath
, put your mind
at ease, watch Ur Fave shOw
, and listen to some soothing music
. Now, don't things look a lot better?
*Note the 'Start the Tour' links at the bottom of each page.]
was a man ahead of his time. His epic 'novel' Star Maker
(1937) considered the emergence of genetic engineering, the outcome of the many worlds interpretation and delved deeper than any book before or since into the consequences of evolution on the cosmos. His fans have included the likes of Arthur C Clarke
, Jorge Luis Borges and Virginia Woolf
. Even his greatest detractor, C.S.Lewis, wrote an entire Cosmic Trilogy
in response to his imaginings. Yet despite Stapledon's magnetic prose
and extraordinary influence on speculative fiction
his name remains largely forgotten by the world
. Yet his words still resonate with insight: "Did not our life issue daily as more or less firm threads of active living, and mesh itself into the growing web, the intricate, ever-proliferating pattern of mankind?"
Keo Satellite to Carry Messages to Earth's Future
A nonprofit French group hopes to launch a satellite on a 50,000-year spin around Earth next year, loading it with as many as 6 billion messages from humans eager to give the far-flung future a glimpse of the present.
Humans Doomed Without Space Colonies.
The human race is likely to be wiped out by a doomsday virus before this millennium is out unless it starts to colonize space, top British scientist Stephen Hawking warned on Tuesday.