My wife, Jennifer Abel, tells us about a website that calls robots on their bullshit. There is now an online archive of Starlog Magazine. Any chance we can get one for Future? Our galaxy is pretty big. There will be a Miss Klingon Empire pageant this year. And here's a Wikipedia list of fictional astronauts.
The Hugo Award nominations are out, and I very happy that both SF Signal and the SF Signal Podcast have made the finalists list for the second year running. I have been fortunate that John DeNardo and Patrick Hester have continued to have me on as a contributor, to let me write about such subjects as my favorite SF soundtracks or new comics, or just chat about the genre topic of the day. To be a part of such an impressive roster of talent is a bit humbling.
This week the ESA's Planck mission will return its first cosmic microwave background data. How will interstellar migration shape biological evolution? There is no such thing as emptiness. There is only quantum foam. Sound lasers are here. Old predictions about the future of newspapers were frighteningly accurate.
Yes, I have been absent from this page. Lately I've been posting alot of links on my Twitter account, due to abject laziness on my account. Some of the more fun bits that caught my eye this past week were luxury hot air balloon travel from the 1800s, the super-villain-esque abandoned Communist party HQ in Bulgaria, looking for Dyson Spheres with SETI, and not revisiting the past when it comes to space exploration.