Posts Tagged: outer space

The American Woman

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[A]s the world found out on January 28, 1986, an extraordinary circumstance can also be an unimaginable tragedy.

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Lower Orbits: Remembering Gherman Titov

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His story is more than just a story about space, but also a story about history and how it moves. How time and space bend, burn, warp, and ignore.

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Tinfoil Astronaut

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Every time I leap there is a chance I will fall, and every time I fall there is a chance I will finally crack my head open like a Faberge egg and luminous black spiders will crawl out to mark the outline of my body with blinking stars and black thread.

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Bodies in Space: Teaching after Trauma

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Turning onto my street and looking south I feel the ground drop beneath me every time—I turn the corner and the sidewalk falls. I feel invisible then, as if I’ve vaporized.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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Thomas Pierce made a name for himself as a talented spinner of strange stories with his debut collection Hall of Small Mammals, and in a new story at The Masters Review, Pierce crafts another weird and wonderful tale—and this time it’s written entirely in questions. “A Rouge Planet” plunges us into a universe where a […]

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Let’s Have an Existential Crisis… In Space

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For Electric Literature, Anya Groner discusses the role of space tourism in modern science fiction, and explores how the focus of space exploration narratives have shifted from the technological aspects of interplanetary life to the anxieties and psychological challenges faced by space travelers: Practical questions give way to unsettling existentialism and thrilling narrative possibilities. The scale […]

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Nietzsche the Space Man

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It is often said that who controls the past controls the future but Nietzsche is one of the first to anticipate the power of speculation—that he who controls the future, controls the present.

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The Saturday Rumpus Review of The Martian

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It is the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars for about a year, all by himself.

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Morning Coffee

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NY Times slide show on Conrad Gessner’s beastiaries. Anyone want to go live in a sweet cave house with me? Important advances in the field of robot journalism. I’ve often asked “what are the ten strangest moons?” Here are some pictures of a new born otter. I dare you to have a bad day.

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Morning Coffee

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Spring! (almost) German prison cells are mostly nicer than my apartment. Words get in David Byrne’s way. Technically this is about old type interfaces, but let’s be honest here it’s just typewriter design porn. The sun is out today, and this house’s above ground pool is all sorts of appealing. What this country needs: Jonathan […]

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Morning Coffee

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A little political guerrilla satire to start off your Tuesday: the first corporate candidate. I don’t understand the sudden influx in vintage match boxes online, but I am in favor of it. The world’s first building with built-in wind turbines has been completed. Another life goal dashed. Christoph Niemann finds his way. Evidence for life […]

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Morning Coffee

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So precious it hurts: microscopic origami. A concise listing of man’s landings on celestial bodies (via Boingboing.) Oh hey recycled boat, what’s up with you? GerryCanavan Points us to the answer of a very important question: how does a student at BYU grow a beard? Typographical New York.

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Morning Coffee

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C. D. Payne’s museum of oddities. Some people live lives filled with beautiful Chinese tea house/spas. I am not one of these people. New Scientist on our most likely next space location. When someone sends you a link called “Axe Cop,” you put that link up. Hungarian alphabet attack! A look at the Society of […]

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Morning Coffee

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In 1924 the Navy was ordered to listen for martians. The Italian Futurist pasta sauna. You’ve probably seen things like this a million times, but damn it sometimes you just want to look at pictures of Parisian signage. Let’s all hear it for the space elevator! Who is a jew?

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50 years of space exploration (I’m sorry if you’ve seen this five times already, but man is it pretty). Yesterday was the 50th birthday of Goma, the first gorilla ever born in a zoo. DNA origami and nanotechnology. The BBC on vegetarian spiders. The Pekar Project. “The next big thing in nuclear fusion research.“

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