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REALSPACE: Bigelow Aerospace's Inflatable Space Stations

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Bigelow Aerospace is a company that has been interested in space stations for quite a while now. Back in Space-X days, they started pitching a pretty clever idea for large stations launched on small rockets. Last year they issued a brochure (!) explaining the basic concept. Check it out:

http://images.spaceref.com/news/2011/bigelow.chrtz.isdc.pdf

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “Acts of Sacrifice” (Season 2, Episode 12)

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In the second half of the season, we hit a stride that is more-or-less typical for the main sequence of the series, and we hit a format that’s not *exactly* typical, but it’s kind of their go-to comfort zone when they need to show a lot of balls in the air. If I were going to pick an episode as the one where Straczynski’s “Original Concept” of Babylon 5 (Which came to him in the shower in 1988) BECAME what we now think of as Babylon 5, I’d say this was the best candidate for the point of transition.

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BOOK REVIEW: "Ringworld's Children" by Larry Niven (2004)

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I love Larry Niven. Well, actually, not Niven himself, really I love his writing. Well, not so much his writing in toto, but I really do love his Known Space stories. Though he's got the occasional interesting story that's unrelated to Known Space, most of his other writing is less..uhm...Well, not 'bad' exactly, it just doesn't appeal to me. And with one or two exceptions, his co-authored books (Mostly written with Jerry Pournelle, and the newer "Fleet of Worlds" books) don't appeal to me either. So I guess 'I love Larry Niven' is a bit of an overstatement, huh?

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Hey, get me: I'm a poet!

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I'm still basically on extended leave from the site subject to, y'know, emotional burnout and stuff. However, as is entirely appropriate of whiney little wusses wallowing curled up semi-fetally on the floor, I just got a poem published. Check it:

http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/poetry/2012/03/Don'tCryLittleRobot.html

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “All Alone in the Night” (Season 2, Episode 11)

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It’s now June 2259, and Sheridan has been on the station six months. He’s expecting General Hague to make a low-profile visit to the station, but even so he’s getting antsy. When Invonova reports some odd appearances and disappearances on the fringes of the shipping lanes, he jumps at the chance to get in a little flight time, and heads out with some of Zeta squadron.

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