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Octocon 2017 – Dublin

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I’ll be on a couple of panels at this year’s Octocon in Dublin, 6th-8th Oct.

First up for me is ‘The Legalities and Ethics of Colonizing Mars’, Friday 9pm.

Then I’m doing a reading Saturday morning at 10am.

Finishing up with ‘How Far We’ll Go. Can humanity really spread itself across the stars?’, Saturday 4pm.

I’m really looking forward to it, it should be a lot of fun.

More here: Octocon 2017

 

The EmDrive is finally heading for space. But will it work?

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For those of you who have read any of my Colony Mars series, you may have spotted that the engine used by the Odyssey Mars transit craft is an EmDrive. This makes a journey time of 10 weeks possible, as opposed to the 6-8 months required by traditional chemical rockets.

But of course this is science fiction — or is it? Well, we’re soon going to find out. Read More

Star Wars Reimagined Using Clips From Other Movies

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It’s impossible to overstate the impact of Star Wars. Its arrival in theaters on May 25th 1977 marked the end of one chapter in film history and the beginning of another. It’s a hinge on which film history swings. Upon its release, critic Pauline Kael derided the film as “an assemblage of spare parts—it has no emotional grip… an epic without a dream” Twenty years after its release critic Roger Ebert remarked that the film “colonized our imaginations, and it is hard to stand back and see it simply as a motion picture, because it has so completely become part of our memories.” Read More

Set glasses to rose tinted: Elon Musk Spacex mars colony

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There’s no secret in Elon Musk’s fascination for Mars. It’s what inspired him to set up SapceX in the first place, after failing to buy a rocket from the Russians. The story goes that he wanted to send a few plants up to the red planet and…. well, the sale negotiations didn’t work out as hoped. Undeterred our hero set about building his own rocket and the rest, as they say, is history.

Although SpaceX is now focused on delivering supplies, and soon, astronauts to the ISS , Musk still harbours dreams of Mars. So it’s no surprise when he released these gorgeous reto-style travel posters… even if they are somewhat ‘rose tinted‘.