The Smell of Orange Groves.
This short story by Lavie Tidhar
(author of Osama: A Novel
) is part of his Central Station
story cycle, taking place in or around Tel Aviv’s Central Station neighborhood sometime in the future. [more inside]
The newly released trailer for Total Recall (2012)
shows a Quaid quite conspicously not getting his ass to Mars. It could all have been different, as many versions of Total Recall 2
have been in the works over the years. Meanwhile is the Robocop remake anything but total recall?
And has the American action movie gone kablooey?
The Physics of Space Battles
"I had a discussion recently with friends about the various depictions of space combat in science fiction movies, TV shows, and books. We have the fighter-plane engagements of Star Wars, the subdued, two-dimensional naval combat in Star Trek, the Newtonian planes of Battlestar Galactica, the staggeringly furious energy exchanges of the combat wasps in Peter Hamilton's books, and the use of antimatter rocket engines themselves as weapons in other sci-fi. But suppose we get out there, go terraform Mars, and the Martian colonists actually revolt. Or suppose we encounter hostile aliens. How would space combat actually go?"
Edison's Conquest of Mars!
Garrett P. Serviss' unofficial
, 1898 sequel
to War of the Worlds
, featuring Thomas Edison and Lord Kelvin as the heroes. It seems this book originated the space battle and the ray-gun, not to mention the aliens-built-the-pyramids plot
. Sounds like a blast