Friday, July 27, 2007

Lucia Friday Night Free For All

Now if my internet connection goes down, at least this post is up!

Just as a conversation starter, does good science fiction still exist? I remember reading a lot of it when I was young, but it seems that recently sci-fi has been taken over the the fantasy genre.

The picture is from the NASA image of the day.
Scientists have made the first conclusive discovery of water vapor in the atmosphere of a planet beyond our solar system, or exoplanet.

This artist's rendering shows a gas-giant exoplanet transiting across the face of its star. Infrared analysis by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of this type of system provided the breakthrough.

The planet, HD 189733b, lies 63 light-years away in the constellation Vulpecula. It was discovered in 2005 as it transited its parent star.

28 comment(s):

Shout Above The Noise said...

Blakes 7 was one of my all time favourites, although admittedly, Series 4 was a little disappointing.

Oswald Bastable said...


Anonymous said...

I still enjoy Dr Who.
Though I missed most of the 'new' Dr Who second series.

Is it cold down Wellington way.
You have a bigger fire this eek, Lucyna.


Andrei said...

Sometimes I think we live in a Theodore Sturgeon novel.

You know odd things like men marrying other men and women having children without a man being part of the process.

Anonymous said...

Andrei, that's because as each eek goes by, you need a bigger fire otherwise spontaneous procreation takes over the world.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, couldn't resist. Hell o everyone. HAd a very pleasant beer this evening with Darren. We drank to Panty Boy Slut and gave two minutes consideration to the peace and tranquility of his family. Both families actually. His natural family and his unanatiral family down at Kinx or whatever they call themselves, whenthey are talking to each other , that us.

Anonymous said...

Yes, well he's more time now to do what he really enjoys.

He might not even get selected for Dunedin South - I wonder if they'd let him into teaching again. Somehow I think he'd have trouble with that one.

The most disgusting part of the thing is the fact that he's only chucked because he lied the the PM - he'd already lied to everyone else last time.

Oswald Bastable said...

Thou shall not suffer a witch to live.

or it's cabinet...

ZenTiger said...

Evening all.

I like the picture;

The sun is hot
The universe is large
Death is unfortunate

Benson-Pope was demoted
He didn't think it professional
To talk to some-one who talked
to National.

It would have restricted his ability to act in civility. No doubt he would have felt if a figurative tennis ball was in his mouth
preventing rational discussion.

Anonymous said...

Evening everyone!

Yes, it was a lovely drink or two with Adolf in a new "English" bar that was right next to a Chinese health centre!

Anyway , I see Panty Slut Boy will have time for the "munchies."

He has been a very naughty boy and I bet he is hungry too.

I so would like Ian Wishart or someone get to the bottom, as it were, of his nocturnal activities.


ZenTiger said...

Yes, we have a Sci Fi writer in our midst, and I recommend a gander at Oswald's online story!

ZenTiger said...

Remember, BP has only been 'demoted'. Who knows how long that will last?

Oswald Bastable said...

Book Three- not on-line yet is the 'Hard' Sci-fi one!

Andrei said...

Well Zen the South Dunedin labour party electorate committee is in an emergency meeting even as we enjoy our fireside free for all.

Oh to be a fly upon the wall.

Oswald Bastable said...

or maybe a cockroach...

ZenTiger said...

I'm thinking the *announcement* that they are having an emergency meeting is all bark and no bite.

Being the Dunedin Labour party, they'll have a whip 'round of course, and then discuss what they can do to get BP back in Cabinet in such a way that everyone appeared suitably outraged for 5 or 6 minutes.

Then they'll crack open the Tui and have a good party. Charged to Parliamentary Service somehow.

Oswald Bastable said...

surely that would be a speights~

But then we are talking Liarbour...

Maybe a warm rheineck

Anonymous said...

I see the new recruit over at No Minister has discovered a potential opening for Benson Pope.
And by opening I don't mean someone's rear end.


ZenTiger said...

I don't think you can get anything warm in Dunedin this time of year, let alone a Rheineck?

Maybe the give them 10 seconds in a microwave first?

Oswald Bastable said...

It wold be warm if's not go there!

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Woops! Forgot to sign off and say good night all. Oh weel, good morning anyway.

Lucyna, check your e-mail for a reeply to your question.

Anonymous said...

Yes, in Star Trek, the fiction used to be : Beam me up Scotty , now has become a reality. This has been achieved via a field of physics known as Quantum Teleportation.

Apparently, there has been a successful teleportation of a bunch of atoms from point A to a different location point B by physicists at Neil Bohr Institute, Copenhagen , Denmark over a year ago.

I think that we're still far far away from teleporting a huge object such as a human as depicted in the Star Trek movie, however I will keep an open mind on this. Perhaps it might be something possible in the next 500 years (long after we've all gone), but again it might be impossible at all to achieve teleportation of any object larger than a bacteria.

Quantum Mechanics (QM) is only about a hundred years old, and it has achieved a phenomenon explosion in the growth of modern technology (lasers, transistors, micro-electronics semiconductor devices, fibre-optic telcommunication systems, etc, etc) in that short time span. Image what QM would be like in 1000 years from now and may be all the science fictions of today will become science facts, including the capability such as , Beam me up Scotty.

Greg said...

Recent sci fi novels that appealed to me:

Peter F Hamilton's Reality Dysfunction trilogy (even though it has a lame deus ex machina) and his Pandora's Star.

Tad Williams' Otherland.

Kurt Vonnegut's Siren's of Titan.

Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake.

Tried to read Dan Simmons Endymion Rises but couldn't and so exchanged it for Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

In all matters I recommend Balzac.

I.M Fletcher said...

If you like computers and chatting etc, I recommend Idoru, by William Gibson; in fact, the whole 'Bridge' trilogy is good (Idoru, Virtual Light, All Tomorrow's Parties).
Gibson's 'Sprawl' trilogy (Neuromancer et al) is much harder going - happens further in the future and takes the head a while to get around.

Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson is also excellent cyber-fiction, but I didn't like some of the religious aspect of it (the Nam-shub stuff, etc), but I also recommend his 'The Diamond Age', which is kind of Victorian cyber-punk.
I think Stephenson was the first to come up with the term 'Avatar' as it applies to, well, an avatar or graphical representation of a person chatting. The chat environment he talks about has almost been realized with Second Life.

Other than that, you can always rely on the likes of Stephen Baxter or Greg Bear for real science-based sci-fi.

Greg said...

Neal Stephenson is great.
As Fletcher says above Snowcrash is seminal and Cryptonomicon and Diamond Age are also wonderful imganitaive works.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Gimme Banjo Paterson any bloody day. Keep yer feet on the ground, I say!

Now we'll have a competition for the next two lines.

Anonymous said...

"Gimme Banjo Paterson any bloody day. Keep yer feet on the ground, I say!

Now we'll have a competition for the next two lines."

The colt from Old Regret had got away,

And all the cracks had gathered for the fray :)


Greg said...

Iain M Banks.
Use of Weapons, Algebraist, Look to Windward etc.

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