Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

Warp Travel: Back in Style

Back in June, we discussed why interstellar travel has fallen out of favor.

NASA, however, has once again proven they are awesome and given hope to all us interstellar travel fans who hope to see it more popular in science fiction again.

Last week, NASA announced that they’d figured out a way to significantly cost the amount of energy necessary to travel faster-than-light, bringing it into the realm of possibility. And they think they’ll be able to cut it even more with just a little more work.

(NASA: the only place you can work with a freaking warp drive.)

That’s right, a warp drive, just like in Star Trek, where space-time is warped around the ship, which is contained in a warp bubble. (Little did they know what they were proposing was actually plausible. Or maybe they did. I don’t know.) Unlike the Enterprise, however, the ship would be football-shaped, encircled by a large-ring that did the actually space-time bending.

There are several articles on this lovely lovely news, one of which can be found here. In fact, you’ve probably already read one, because this was a featured news story on my phone.

So join in me in rejoicing, Squiders. Interstellar travel is not dead, and it never should have been deemed so.

(My apologies for the total lack of a post on Tuesday. I wish I had an excuse. I don’t, but I do have a terrible memory.)

Friday Round-up

Space/Science
The Extraordinary Face of the Moon
Picture of Discovery on the Launch Pad
Interactive James Webb Telescope (launches in 2014)
Photos of Discovery Launch
Sotheby’s to Auction 1961 Soviet Capsule

Scifi/Fantasy
Endurance wallpapers
Locus Magazine Recommends Some of Tor’s Short Stories from 2010
Review of Ian McDonald’s Ares Express
What does poor showing of I Am Number Four mean for Scifi Movies in 2011?
Video Excerpt of The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Apparently there is also a movement at the moment to help Nathan Fillion buy Firefly.

Misc Books
Borders’ Footprint
Notes in Margins
Tim Burton’s Children’s Book Rejection
Indie Alternatives to Closing Border Stores

Writing
Dark Fairytales Writing Community
Seven Stages of Critique Grief

The Boat, It Floats
100 Best Protest Signs from Wisconsin
China Bans Reincarnation  (I just…what?)

Friday Round-up

Space/Science
Private Company to put Robot on Moon (For some reason, this sounds like a terrible idea to me.  Sounds like a good way to leave trash everywhere and mess up scientific missions.)
Last Rollout of Space Shuttle Discovery (video)
Recycling the Space Program
Trying to Prove the Multiverse (The quantum physics at the bottom kind of hurts my head.)
All 1200 Possible Exoplanets Found by Kepler Visualized
NASA’s New Technique to Find Alien Life
Pictures of Space Shuttle Discovery’s Building

Scifi/Fantasy
The Furniture of Steampunk
Winners of the 2010 British Fantasy Awards
Chance to win a signed copy of Maria V. Snyder’s Inside Out
The Unreal and Why We Love It Part 6: Recognition
Star Wars Characters – Who Got Better?  Worse?
New #Torchat on Twitter
What Star Wars Job are you suited for?  (I’m a Jedi! \o/)

Misc Books
10 Greatest Child Geniuses in Literature

Writing
Stop Thrashing

Odds and Ends
Who to blame for the snow?
Science Valentines
If Social Media was High School
Headless Monk Forces Move of Amusement Park Ride
IKEA Instructions for the Large Hadron Collider

Also, this is awesome: Zombie Choose Your Own Adventure, all across the interwebs.

Friday Round-up

Space/Science
Nabokov’s Butterfly Theory Proved Correct
NASA spots 54 Potential Life-Friendly Planets

Scifi/Fantasy
io9’s February Scifi/Fantasy Calendar
12 Revolutionary Uprisings in Scifi
10 Greatest Starships of All Time
Utopianism in Steampunk
February Fantasy Book Releases
Free Read: Chenoire by Suzanne Johnson
Recommended SFF reads from 2010

Misc Books
List of Best Selling Authors (Never even heard of some of these people…)

Writing
Query Paralysis

Whatever, Bro
Snow Godzilla (with fire!)

Thursday Round-up

Science/Space
High Definition Video of the ISS from the Space Shuttle
NASA Solarsail Lost in Space
Saturn Stripped Icy Moon to Create Rings
Forests May be Detectable on Extrasolar Planets
First Exoplanet System Imaged
Voyager 1 has Outdistanced Solar Wind
Top 14 Astronomy Pictures of 2010
First Evidence of Other Universes Found (!!)
Possible Ice Volcano on Titan
String Theory Fails First Experimental Test
Making Babies in Space Harder Than It Sounds

Scifi/Fantasy
The Future isn’t Dead.  We Simply Overtook it.
Where to Find Scifi/Fantasy Authors on Twitter
Interview with Holly Black (via YA Fantasy Guide)
Giveaway for Wild Cards Vol I
Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2010
Review of Mary Brennan’s A Star Shall Fall

Misc Books
10 Most Difficult Books to Write
Kids Books Jump Off the Page

Writing
Patricia Wrede Muses on Openings
Holiday Giveaway at Guide to Literary Agents 
What Can Be Learned from Indie Musicians and Music Blogs
Three One-liners to Write By

Randomness
Wikipedia article of the USS Constitution (still in the service of the USA 213 years after her initial launch)
Wikipedia article on the Mary Celeste (I’m not sure what my obsession with sailing ships is this week…)
Mid-20th Century Video about the Future of Highways (where’s my hovercar?)

Thursday Round-up

Science/Space
NASA Creates Material Ten Times Darker Than Black
Secret Space Plane Pictures
NASA Ejects Nanosatellite from a Microsatellite (With bonus spacesail)
Dark Matter Galaxies Orbit the Milky Way
Total Lunar Eclipse on the Winter Solstice  (Mmm, the writer in me likes this a lot.)
First Carbon-Rich Planet Found (Trekkie!Me wonders what class of planet this would be.)
Pictures of the Falcon 9 Launch
360 Degree View of the Night Sky (This is truly amazing!)

Science Fiction/Fantasy
Blake Charlton wants input naming the third book of the Spellwright Trilogy
Tor/Forge is giving away a mystery box!
Steampunk.com wants nominations for the Steampunk Book of the Year
BBC making an adaptation of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Misc Books
Smashwords Author Primed to Make $25K This Year

Writing
Getting Google’s Attention for their New eBookstore
Out of the Slushpile: Getting Your Self-Pubbed Novel Noticed
How to Tell if You Should Cut That Scene
Three Signs Your Characters are Too Perfect