The Unkindest Tide (An October Daye novel book 13) by Seanan McGuire (book review)
by PaulineMorgan on February 22, 2020 at 6:59 pm
Selkies are the seal people of Gaelic, Scottish and Scandinavian folklore. While spending most of their time in the sea, they will come onto the land, shed their skins and take human form. The legends say that if a skin is found, the owner can coerce the Selkie into remaining human. Often Selkies are portrayed
Jetman: made of Iron, man? (video).
by ColonelFrog on February 22, 2020 at 4:28 pm
Jetman, that brave jet-pack powered man of iron – or reinforced carbon – gets one step closer to his desire to remove Elon Musk from holding the title of … ‘Nearest thing we’ve got to a real-life Tony Stark”, as this video of his last flight and latest flight suit zipping around shows.
Star Trek’s heavy cruiser, Ambassador-class (ship breakdown).
by ColonelFrog on February 22, 2020 at 4:21 pm
Here’s a quick video breakdown of Star Trek‘s heavy cruiser, Ambassador-class. Apparently, this is the the principle Federation starship of the early 24th Century.
New hydrogen-boron reactor the answer to nuclear fusion future? (science news)
by ColonelFrog on February 22, 2020 at 4:18 pm
Is a new hydrogen-boron reactor the answer to a nuclear fusion future … one where clean energy reigns supreme and carbon emission worries are a thing of the past? Read the story in full over at https://newatlas.com/energy/hb11-hydrogen-boron-fusion-clean-energy/ The Offworld Report – the best content offworld SFcrowsnest.
US Navy loads up on anti-drone laser system (news).
by ColonelFrog on February 22, 2020 at 4:14 pm
The U.S. Navy recently installed its first Optical Dazzling Interdictor: Navy (ODIN), a laser weapon system that allows a ship to counter unmanned aerial systems. The first system was installed on the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), during her recently completed Dry-Docking. ODIN’s development, testing and production was done by Navy
SETI expands hunt for alien life in the stars with Very Large Array (news).
by ColonelFrog on February 22, 2020 at 4:07 pm
Emerging technologies and new strategies are opening a new era in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence … aka SETI. New discovery capabilities, along with the rapidly-expanding number of known planets orbiting stars other than the Sun, are spurring innovative approaches by both government and private organisations, according to a panel of experts speaking at a
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (season seven: animated trailer).
by ColonelFrog on February 22, 2020 at 4:01 pm
Here’s the trailer for the 7th and last season of the animated TV series that is Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In this one, we get to meet The Bad Batch, a kind of clone Dirty Dozen with major skills and way-off personal habits. I’m sure we’ll get this new series on DVD some time
Unsettling answers to the Fermi Paradox (audio science doc.)
by ColonelFrog on February 22, 2020 at 2:36 pm
Where are all the aliens and is there a rational solution to the Fermi Paradox? Joining John Michael Godier in this audio documentary, is Dr. Stephen Webb, astronomer and author of ‘If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens … WHERE IS EVERYBODY?’ to discuss a few unsettling and spooky solutions to the Fermi Paradox.
Westworld: season 3 trailer (scifi TV series).
by ColonelFrog on February 21, 2020 at 1:55 pm
Here’s the 3rd season of the Westworld science fiction TV series, in which the robots stray outside the worlds of fake play, and into the grim real future. Anybody fancy a mass robot uprising?
Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling (book review).
by Gareth D Jones on February 20, 2020 at 8:03 pm
Translated from the German by Jamie Lee Searle, ‘Qualityland’ is Marc-Uwe Kling’s satirical novel of a future where everything is controlled by algorithms. Set in a European country now known as Qualityland, it’s like living inside Google: adverts, deliveries, partners, jobs and every other aspect of each person’s life is assessed, rated, personalised and provided