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REALSPACE: That Brilliant Starship Engine All You Scientists Have Been Yammering About For 50 Years? Um, yeah...about that....

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What with this being a science fiction website, and what with the embarrassingly poor science education afforded people in our country, it's easy to overlook the fact that a few starships have *actually* been designed. Nothing's built, obviously - NASA can't even be bothered to put people in space anymore, so good luck with that whole "Alpha Centauri" thing - but there have been several concepts developed to a greater or lesser extent.

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Walt Disney was the Tibetan Tulpa

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When I saw Phil Dick for the last time, he was beside himself with glee, having recently received a fat check from his agent for film options on a long shopping list of novels and short stories, in every case for a figure in excess of what he had gotten for their original publications. In addition, the first in the series of optioned stories, Blade Runner, was nearing completion and Phil had seen the rushes and heartily approved of how it had turned out.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Battle Beyond the Stars” (1980)

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There are all kinds of bad movies. There’s the bad ones that are so bad as to be simply unwatchable - pretty much anything by Andy Warhol, for instance - and then there’s the bad ones of no particular distinction that are simply forgotten - “Starship Invasions” staring Robert Vaughn comes to mind. There are movies that get the rep of being terrible, but actually aren’t that bad - “The Giant Gila Monster” is all kinds of dumb, for instance, but there’s an earnest sweetness to it people overlook.

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REALSPACE: Just a little blurb on Asteroid Mining

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Asteroid mining is one of those things that comes into and goes out of fashion regularly and quickly. Here's a little blurb from Wired about its economic viability, and it plays in with my ongoing rant about how Space should be a commercial concern first, and a scientific one second. Worth a look-see if you've never thought about this, then come back here and we'll chat.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/04/planetary-resources-asteroid-m...

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