I was born in the 1950s. So I currently live in the future of my youth — and it is hardly what my younger self expected it to be. But it is fortunately a much better “place” than those we were able to imagine in 1973.
In the autumn of 1938, Earth was suddenly invaded from space:
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is once again making the headlines in the science press. It has drilled into the ground in a place that appears to have been a lake in ancient times. The soil samples from what once was wet mud contained unexpected amounts of organic carbon. Read more here — link >>>>
The origin of these carbon compounds is however still not clear. On Earth, there are “stone-eating” microorganisms that survive in oxygen-free environments by using a process called chemolithotrophy. The quest for alien life om Mars continues.
This is a follow-up to the recent post about Sillof’s Road Wars, in which Star Wars characters are re-imagined in a Mad Max context.
Zombie Blog has an interesting post (with plenty of photos) about vehicles re-fitted for survival in a post-apocalyptic environment — link >>>
One example of a zombie-fighting vehicle. Design and picture by Donal O’Keeffe.
Maps are essential in modern game design. XKCD explains the psychological profile associated with your choice of map projection method.
På webbplatsen Techworld skriver Jörgen Städje intressanta poster på temat “science fiction eller sanning”. Han tar bland annat upp företeelser som ljussablar, terraformning av Mars och rymdhissar. Länk >>>
I suppose that what September 11th  did was not so much change how we think of the world or humanity as remind us of a lot of things we already knew about humanity. (We could have done without the reminder.) It reminds us that any time of peace and prosperity is a fortunate exception to the way the machinery ordinarily works, and in retrospect it makes you appreciate that time.
Tim Powers, author