Science fiction authors have been envisioning floating cities for years. One was described in Neil Stephenson’s classic, “Snow Crash” as repurposing a discarded aircraft carrier. The latest South Korean plan to construct a 15 acre prototype to hold twelve thousand people will share many of the same problems of a space colony. For example, how … More Floating Cities
I created this in about fifteen minutes with the Free and Open Source program Inkscape. The original painting is “The Silence” by Joseph Decreux 1790.
Copyright 2019 by Anthony Stevens “But first, on earth as Vampire sent,Thy corse shall from its tomb be rent:Then ghastly haunt thy native place,And suck the blood of all thy race;” Lord Byron In 1813 to great acclaimThe English poet rides to fameLord Byron’s words in English firstDrip blood to slake the Vampire’s thirstUrban Fantasy … More A Brief History of Geekdom
My mother gave me a science fiction paperback when I was about ten years old. I’ve been consuming books at an average of one a week, ever since. Over the years, I’ve been inspired by many people. Here’s just a few of them. I’m sure I’ll remember others after I post this. Futurists Stewart Brand … More Inspiration
Recently, my wife encouraged me to go ahead and get myself a belated holiday present. I’ve been jonesing to try one of the new breed of NUC computers for some time now. An NUC, short for “Next Unit of Computing”, is a small box-shaped computer that often won’t measure more than a few inches across … More New NUC
Recently, Jay Leno mentioned that a Tesla Model S has very low maintenance costs. This got me thinking (dangerous, I know) and I did some research. My research on Electric Vehicles (EVs) made me realize that in five years, most vehicles sold will be EVs and inside of ten years, only wealthy collectors will be … More The Real Cost of Electric Vehicles
This post is going to be long and bittersweet.My oldest friend passed away from Covid, this week.The news hit me very hard. Let me explain why.Back in 1963, I was on an annual vacation in Mexico City with my grandmother.Her husband was a contractor that built several apartment buildings and we had a small, top-floor … More COVID SUCKS!
Wow! What a ride!If, like me, you enjoy hard science fiction mixed with military and political action, Star Gods should be on your required reading list.While I thought it started a bit slow, the novel quickly picked up the pace and I found myself spending every spare minute jumping back into it. Ian Douglas is … More Review: Star Gods by Ian Douglas
One of the first major unskilled industries to feel the effects of robotics will the the migrant farm-worker community. Within the next decade, 90% of jobs currently filled by migrant workers will be replaced by robots.Here are links for just a few of the firms that form the tip of the iceberg. https://techxplore.com/news/2020-10-alphabet-lab-mineral-sustainable-food.html https://www.agrobot.com/
I love these books! Memorable characters and locations coupled with an engaging story line are the things that bring me back to an author’s work. Megan Mackie delivers all of these with the Lucky Devil series of books. I’ve read the first three out of five novels. They are “The Finder of the Lucky … More Review: The Lucky Devil Series